Persell Middle School seventh-graders recently worked on watercolor landscapes during Michela Tehan's art class.
After learning about how to create a watercolor painting, students painted their landscapes from photographs. They learned about the Elements of Art that were most important to their landscape painting including texture, line and color. Once the painting was complete, students self-evaluated their paintings based on effort/attitude/participation, craftsmanship, texture, color and space. Mrs. Tehan also evaluated each painting. Students wrote a self-reflection about their painting where they described the different textures they created and how they did it, what area of their painting was successful, what part of their painting could have been better and what they learned about landscape painting with watercolor.
"It is important to include other disciplines, such as math, English, and history in our art lessons to show students that what they learn in school is all interconnected," Mrs. Tehan said. "Writing about their artwork enhances their understanding of art vocabulary, painting techniques, and other artists in history. It also forces them to describe their successes along with things they may have done differently or spent more time on. Making sure art lessons connect to students' lives, in and out of school, is not only a great motivator but it also creates lifelong learners."
Brandon Kightlinger and Rebecca Caruso, Persell Middle School seventh-graders, are pictured working on their watercolor landscapes during Michela Tehan’s art class.