When mixing paints it's a good idea to make a note of the quantities used.


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Children will have learned a variety of artistic techniques and processes in elementary school. Experimenting with a variety of media is an important part of creative development as children learn new techniques by learning how to control and change materials in order to produce the effect or finish they want. By the time students reach middle school, they will be expected to understand how to use and manipulate a widening variety of media in order to create new and unusual effects and finishes.

Exploration of ideas and pushing the boundaries is a very important part of creative development and without it students may tend towards 'safer' options which results in work which can be classed as stagnant or repetitive.

Although exploration and experimentation should ultimately support the intended outcomes of the project, sometimes the strangest of ideas can result in the most wonderful of results which you can then use in your work!

When experimenting with color mixing, what should you always try to do?
Use a smaller palette
Stick to two colors only
Use very fine brushes
Keep accurate notes of the quantities of each color used
Notes will help you mix the same colors in future, without having to start the experimentations all over again!
Why is it important to experiment with different media when creating art?
Because you never know what might happen
Because the results could be really interesting
Because the best ideas sometimes happen by accident
All of the above
Putting different media together, or using a familiar medium in a new way, could result in finishes and effects which take your project in a new direction
When making rubbings, what could change the outcome?
Making two rubbings in the same place
Using different media and paper thickness
Using the same wax crayon each time
Taping down the paper first
Some media will give crisper rubbings than others. Paper thickness will also affect the finished rubbing
What sort of medium would resist a watercolor wash?
Wax crayons or candles
Marker pens
The watercolor paint cannot 'sit' on top of the wax and is instead 'resisted'
How might an artist organize an experimenting session?
By taking a photograph of all the materials they intend to use
With labeled swatches ordered in a sketchbook
By reading a book on experimentation
By writing down what they think about experiments
It's useful to note which combinations of media were used, especially if the outcomes might need to be repeated in the future
When experimenting with a variety of elements and media for a project, some artists collect inspirations and ideas on what?
On a mood board
On an emotion block
On a feeling slab
On a senses plate
Mood boards are used by artists and designers to collate ideas, experiments and thoughts for a project
Color, line, shape, form, space, value and texture are all known as what?
Shorter words about art
The elements of art
Names of different media
Paperwork and forms about art
Experimenting with any of these elements in artwork can change the whole look of a piece
How could you change the thickness and density of dry materials such as pencils and charcoal?
By using smaller pieces
By changing the quality of the paper used
By laying down a wash first
By adjusting movements and pressure
Changing the movement of hand, wrist, elbow and arm and increasing and decreasing pressure will all affect the lines made
Which of the following combinations could you try to achieve a speckled effect?
Crayons and felt tips
Pencils and masking tape
Acrylic paint and card
Watercolor paint and sea salt
Throwing the salt across wet paint will soak up paint in small areas, creating a speckled effect
What is the name for a piece of artwork which uses more than one medium?
Muddled media
Mixed media
Messed media
Mashed media
Mixed media has always been popular amongst artists and some of the results are incredible
Author:  Angela Smith

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