Silhouette on colorful gradation

Student of grade 9 (class 3B),  learned to use acrylic colours, mixing them to get colour gradations. Then they painted a black silhouette on the colorful background. The effect is very bright!

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  1. Wonderful pictures. I love the rainbow colored backgrounds, which are highlighted beautifully with the silhouettes. Thank you for sharing.Greetings from Denmark –

  2. Silhouette paintings are always popular with the students! I especially like the trumpet player and the dancer, as they both have such expressive use of body language – you can feel the music! 🙂

  3. Thank you, I’ll tell your comment to my students!

  4. That is a very artistic job for a kid that age. For how she/he did with combining the colors up in the middle of each at a time made it look very realistic!!

  5. Courtney Vesperman says

    What kind of criteria did you use to grade these projects?

    • First of all the gradation of colors and how the students mix the colors. They should be able to mix the colors with smooth brushstrokes, with a gradual change of colors. It’s is difficult because the tempera paint dries wery quickly and the colors are mixable just if they are wet and soft.
      Second the silhouette: it is painted with black tempera paint and thin paintbrushes, and painting it requires attention and care. So, I consider 6 point for the colored background ( gradation, range of colors, visible or invisible brushstrokes, ability in mixing colors…) and 4 point for the silhouette (precision, solid color, kind of silhouette more or less difficult to paint, edges)

  6. Thanks for your comment! I’m very glad to see your amazing works inspired on my idea… Thanks for sharing!

  7. Thanks for sharing and for the link on my website. Your works are amazing, congratulations to your students!


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