3-D Art Skills Lab
3-D Art Skills Lab
Sgraffito allows an artist to create in a seemingly magical way by revealing hidden colors. In this technique, a surface is covered with one color; then a second color is applied over it. The artist scratches the top layer to create patterns using the color and texture underneath. The name sgraffito comes from the Italian word for “scratch”. It’s an ancient technique, but it became very popular in the 1500s and 1600s in Italy.
Bright, colorful and highly appealing, the six-volume hands-on “Art Skills Lab” series encourages readers to unleash their creativity and try a variety of visual art media. Each title explains the elements of design (line, shape, texture, pattern and composition) as they pertain to the featured art form and profiles famous artists and their works as examples. Topics also include a brief history of the specific art form, the color wheel (warm versus cool colors, complementary colors, and tints and shades), materials and techniques. There are step-by-step instructions for 11 hands-on activities in each title as well as text boxes with additional information, tips, and ideas for extending the creative process. The authors encourage readers to examine works of art and to bring that awareness to their own creations. For the home artist, the projects require an initial outlay of money for supplies, especially for items such as watercolor paint, brushes, cheesecloth, brayers, etc., but many of the supplies can be purchased for little cost at dollar stores. Teachers would find this series useful as teaching tools for art lessons in the classroom. Abundant color photographs, not only accompany each of the steps in a project, but also showcase real life works of art. A table of contents, a glossary, an index and a list of books and web sites for more ideas and copyright-free images are included.
3-D Art Skills Lab focuses on the main types of three-dimensional art: additive sculpture, subtractive sculpture, relief, construction, and assemblage. Readers can choose from a variety of projects which demonstrate these main types. Among other items, they can make a pinched clay pot, a clay relief tile, a cardboard and paper high-relief scene, geometric art, paper sculpture, a papier maché sculpture, folk art, wrapped yarn twig art and an animal made from found objects such as tin cans, buttons and empty thread spools.
Interesting, educational and fun, the “Art Skills Lab” series is well worthy of purchase.
Gail Hamilton is a former teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, Manitoba.