Paul Klee-Inspired Color Variation Paintings


Painting by Kaia Grabar

Students recently delved more deeply into color mixing during the free-form color investigation paintings designed by Olivia Gude. These paintings, inspired by modern painters like Paul Klee (left)Image result for paul klee explore developing a wide variety of colors within a specific hue. Each student chose a base hue and then filled the canvas with many variations of that hue by mixing the hue with black (shade), white (tint), the hue’s complementary (creating neutral colors) as well as mixing with analogous colors (tertiary colors). Students then explore the base hue’s complement as well as applying accent colors as they saw fit.

Stop by Main Street to see 60 inventive ways colors can be harmonized! Here are a few fantastic examples below:


Jessica Stephenson


Nessren Ourdyl


Nina Hanson


Connor Gover


Lauren Meaney


Victoria Grasso


Joshua Zelikman


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Mark Your Calendar – RMLD Art Contest

Flyer HS Art Contest 2018 North Reading

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Mannequins in Motion!


Anatomy and Figure students combined their understanding of basic gesture lines, contour drawing and creating value through line in the “Mannequins in Motion” project.

They were asked to create a series of 6 drawings that convey a progression of motion. Web references were used to give a better visual of the progression of motion.  Students merged gesture marks they found in those images with direct observation sketches of wooden drawing mannequins.

The exhibit is currently on display on “Main Street.” We hope you can check it out!

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Still Life Compositions


Students in Drawing and Painting recently completed a fall-themed still life unit. As a pre-assessment to the unit, students rendering realistic apples with colored pencils and this assignment invited them to experiment with pastels and tinted papers.

The patience and perseverance to complete a still life drawing that possesses a clear light source as well as accurate color application is a true challenge. My hope is that students gained the feeling of satisfaction as each class passed. The development of form (3D shapes conveyed on a 2D surface) is easy to see in any of these fine student works. Please stop by the “Main Street” exhibit to see all of the compositions on display. Click here to see more examples

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New Artwork on Display


I apologize for the delay in posting new student artwork. The studio classroom has been bustling with activity. Many projects are currently on display on “Main Street” as well as the Media Center. Here are some of the recent responses to the Color Grid 2.0 painting assignment. This series of paintings examines the use of primary and secondary colors along with tints and shades of each color. Students mixed all colors from scratch except for the primary colors and applied them in a unique and creative composition.


For many, this project represented their first paintings with full choice and development of composition. Some used reference images for inspiration, while others spontaneously developed patterns and designs. We practiced use of flat and detail round brushes.


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Teen STE(A)M CAFE @ Flint – Date Change


This event has been rescheduled for January 31st at 6:30

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“Apple A Day” Drawings


To help warm up Drawing and Painting and Art Portfolio students, we recently created quick, two-class length drawings of apples. This was an exercise in patience and careful observation. This drawing assignment challenged students to look closely at apples.


Beyond the obvious noticeable colors – red, green and yellow, they also discovered many subtle colors found in the highlights, midtones and shadows. By patiently overlaying colors, the unique features of the apples in their particular angle have come through. This quick exercise will help us ramp up for a more detailed, complex unit on still life drawing. Stay tuned!

Stop by Main Street at NRHS to check them all out!

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