To complete these wonderful art pieces, students used a variety of art mediums, including watercolors, pen, acrylic paints and charcoal paper. The background was created using a wet-on-wet technique. Students learned to mix the warm colors of a sunset together to create a natural gradient. Sea salt was added to the wet watercolor background to create a star effect when dry. Next students found safari type images online and printed them out. To trace the image onto the dry watercolor, we used graphite paper. On the image and horizon line was drawn, students traced the image in Sharpie and filled in with black acrylic paint. As you can see the results were beautiful!
How is this a STEAM lesson?? Science – study the animals of the Sahara Desert and learn about the colors of the sky and color reflection/refraction. Technology – Computer research and image editing. Art – Exploration of different mediums and color choices, color wheel and warm colors. Math – Measurement and scaling of pictures and images.