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Learning Landscape Painting

Modeling their work after the work of famous painter and TV host Bob Ross, students in Elissa Donovan’s art class learned how to blend and create translations with their paint. With the landscape as their subject, the students practiced changing value and color as well. “The kids have learned how to build the frame and stretch their canvas,” said Donovan. “They are learning how an artist would start from scratch and put it all together.” Donovan said that giving the student artists the responsibility of creating their own foundation offers students a more hands-on, realistic perspective of what professional artists often do. “The students primed their paintings with gesso and sealed it. They also used stretcher strips of word and staple guns to complete their frames.”