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. http://Courtney%20Vesperman 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. http://Miriam says

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

  7. http://Miriam says

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


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