- To become familiar with historical and contemporary artists
- To identify ways artists use viewpoint, scale, and detail to communicate ideas
- To use strong compositional skills to depict a simple landscape,
Antibes seen from the plateau Notre-Dame
Claude Monet (French,1840-1926)
This painting has a lot of bright colors which sets the feeling that is might be summer. The way Claude Monet created this landscape really works well with foreground, middle ground and background. The tree Is a very clear middle ground and the water and mountains work well as the background. The foreground plant colors really help determine the type of weather or season. Claude Monet used the atmospheric perspective technique, using hue change to show distance. You can tell because of the way the mountains are colored. This really helps to create the feeling of the depth effect. Also the change in size is another technique used. This is pretty clear by looking at the different sizes of trees, brush and mountains in the distance.
Thomas Cole (1835-1836)
This painting has a darker feeling but also with a lighter side. I noticed how the foreground has a dead tree which gives off a dark feeling. The middle ground is lighter with the river and water. The background brings the light and dark areas together through the cloud colors. Thomas Cole decided to use the s curve in this landscape painting which helps with depth by the way your eye follows the winding river. The painting also has a ariel prospective when looking at the mountains you are looking down at them, as if from the cliff or edge. This is also helps give you the allusion of depth with how far away the mountains are.
Underpainting is when you start with a base color over a white canvas. The reasons for this is to give the artist a starting point. From there the artist can blend on the paper and add colors on top of the base color. Also a base color is a good way to built contrast and values on the actual canvas. There are two different types of underpainting. One is when you start with a more uniform application of a base color -all one color, equally applied, coving the entire canvas. The second one is all one color but you map out where you want your darks and light colors - you can also leave so spaces blank or a thin layer of the base color. This creates natural bright hues and differences in the upper paint layers later.