Feed Your Imagination

The beauty of art is not just about the artist or even the subject matter, but also how art speaks to its audience. But how does an artist draw a viewer into the landscape and story of their art? As Keys fifth grade class recently discovered, by building a 3-dimensional space the audience feels like an active participant with a viewpoint, as opposed to a simple spectator. Claude Ferguson, Keys Middle School Art Teacher, teaches his fifth grade students how to depict overlapping objects to create spatial depth, thus giving the illusion of 3 dimensionality in a piece of art. By playing with shadow, size, warm and cool colors, Claude’s students are able to create a world or landscape viewers feel they can step into. Students not only learn proper techniques when using watercolors for this project, but also how to build a dialogue around their art, using their imaginary still life portraits to start a conversation.

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