My curriculum project is focused around schools art budgets and how we as teachers can create and develop activities/ units of work that incorporate strategies to cope with the school art budget from year to year. The activities will be focused around art and studio arts and will provide teachers from various schools with activities and enables them to share ideas on an online blog. The online blog will run as a forum, which will allow access for teachers in Victoria to share and post information about their schools budgets and activities that will help schools with a limited budget.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Activity 5 - Canvas painting using alternative materials

Activity five - Canvas painting using alternative materials

Painting is the practice of applying paint, pigment, color or other medium to a surface (support base). The application of the medium is commonly applied to the base with a brush but other objects may be used. In art the term describes both the act and the result which is called a painting.

Painting is an important part in many schools art departments and has been for many years. Painting is the foundation and starting point for many art activities. In this entry i hope to share with you some alternative methods of painting which the students should enjoy and most importantly save money in order for our students to be able to use these materials throughout their education.

Canvas alternative:
Canvas is a very pricey material and can put a damper on many schools art budgets. Most high schools I've seen and taught at have a large selection on canvas frames and canvas for students. But many schools struggle to purchase canvas in their art budgets. An alternative method is to use large sheets of cardboard or MDF and seal them using a gesso primer. Cardboard is a great alternative especially for the junior levels it adds natural textures to the work and can be purchased cheaply or next to nothing from the local supermarkets.  MDF can also be a great alternative to canvas and once primed gives you a smooth crisp surface to paint on. Large thin sheets of MDF can be purchased at a hardware store for next to $3 an A2 sheet making it ideal for schools to purchase.

MDF "Priming for painting"
Cardboard painting by student

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