I have to stop trying to come up with clever names when I need to post fast. This one will always remind me of a fun day with the 12 year olds in class. As I said previously in a post, they were starting to get nit-picky with their paintings and focusing on things wayyyy too much. So, in order to break them from this a little and help them to capture the ‘essence’ quicker and more accurately, I had them do the 10-minute challenge. This goes for anyone who wants to challenge themselves to ‘suggest’ more than just ‘reproduce’. Anyways, there were TERRIFIED in the beginning.
Here’s how it goes: I had them split their canvas into 4 quadrants and explained we’d be painting the pomegranate 4 different times, each in a different pose and lighting, but only got 10 minutes for each painting. WHAT! , they exclaimed. : ). My favorite part; seeing the panic for the first painting as I gave them the 5 minute warning, then seeing their surprise at how much time they had at the 5 minute warning for the last painting. Mission accomplished! They did great! Here’s a snap shot of our set up:
I was so inspired I painted 2 of the pomegranate poses with them. It IS challenging figuring out how to suggest a pomegranate with only 10 minutes. This is the first of my two. I think I got it a little better the second time, as is how practice goes. : )
I also considered naming this painting “Christmas or Fruit?” Because we all decided our first pomegranates looked an awful lot like Christmas ornaments.