Friday, April 28, 2017

FIRST GRADE . . . David Hockney Landscapes

Landscape by Amrita
David Hockney
First Graders worked on completing their colorful landscape paintings this week. Inspired by the vivid artwork of David Hockney's large painted scenes, we first created a drawing of a landscape with rolling hills and tall trees that stretch from the bottom of the page all the way up to the top. Each area of land was then defined by a specific pattern, a technique that David Hockney often used. We drew stripes, circles, and wavy lines to create our patterns. A very bright color palette of paint was used to complete our scenes.

To see all of our finished projects, follow this link to our first grade art exhibits on

Landscape by Alina

Landscape by Sadie

Landscape by Elijah

Note to families...
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    In my class, students are given the chance to explore different materials and fun new techniques as they develop their signature style. Some young artists love to draw with a pencil, some like to paint on canvas or create images in a digital format, while others prefer working with clay and molding three-dimensional forms. In my classroom, we use a variety of materials allowing all artists to experiment and figure out which type of art they like the best. At Ranney School, we place a strong emphasis on originality and celebrate artistic differences, always nurturing and encouraging the imagination of every student.
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  1. I really like these pieces. I like the students' various interpretations of the style. It is enjoyable to view the composition and use of color.

    1. Thank you! All the young artists loved seeing what they created too!


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Ranney Lower School Art