I am sure we art teachers all have little (or overflowing) stashes of invaluable donated materials. One of mine is a HUGE bag of gold-tone, shank buttons given to me by a parent years ago. I have used these for countless projects and STILL have hundreds (maybe thousands) left. I have decided that this is the year to see the pile dwindle!
|This is just a handful of my treasure bag of buttons!!|
We'll start with 6" square pieces of foam core board (also donated!) and three buttons. Students will decide where to position the buttons so that they are far enough away from each other so that the radial designs have room to grow and far enough away from the edges so that the designs don't immediately run off the page. I want them to push the shanks of the buttons into the foam core, marking the three spots.
Then, using a ruler and pencil they'll draw an even number of lines out from those center spots.
Next comes the drawing of line motifs with a permanent black marker, branching out from the center pieces. I would like there to be variety in these designs and students will decide how to create that. Another artist decision they will have to make will be what to do when the 3 radial designs "bump" into each other. I am going to have students figure this out for themselves.
I am going to ask kids to use warm colors (crayons) for the radial designs to contrast the final watercolor resist wash, which will be blue liquid watercolor. I am making that decision because I ordered an abundance of that color watercolor last year and I want to use up all those bottles!!!
The last step will be to glue their buttons into place and then we will probably mount the work on black a black mat board.