Monday, April 4, 2011
My 7th grade artists have just completed work inspired by Wayne Thiebaud. They created wonderful and delightful desserts and treats using oil pastels thinking about composition and paying close attention to photographs on how to use color to create values.
Thiebaud, known for his great use of colors and values inspired from sitting in sweet shops and painting these magnificent compositions interested my students for sure. They did a great job recreating their own sweets and treats on paper using layers of oil pastels.
Interestingly, Thiebaud just had an article about him on the Smithsonian web page, which you can find the link to that page by clicking on the title of this post, talking about how he is not a pop artist. It showed his figurative work and I must say it was most interesting. Often artists get stuck in one genre and that is what they are known for and we associate them with but it is not necessarily what they want to be known for. For instance, if that artist wants to start a new genre he or she may be asked to continue older work because it interests buyers and artists are perplexed and struggle for sure with this idea. It is an interesting debate and one certainly worth reading.
These desserts are decadent and just right because you can enjoy them without the calories!
Be Well and Enjoy!