Wales, Andrew, School Arts
The fifth grade is a good level to introduce emphasis. Not only is it important to consider emphasis in everything we do as artists but also it is good to be able to look at the art of others and discover the methods leading you to the main object. I compare this process to writing a paragraph. The topic sentence states what the paragraph is to be about, and you don't change the subject in the middle of a paragraph.
To begin, we examined art reproductions and tried to determine the center of interest in each work. A discussion as to why the students thought a particular object was the focal point included some of the reasons which I refer to as the "Seven Methods of Leading the Eye to the Center of Interest."
I don't present all these methods in one lesson. That would be overwhelming. After we've discussed a few of them, I tell the students to cut out one object from a magazine to be the focal point of their picture. The rest of the picture is drawn with markers. The assignment is to use at least one of the methods to emphasize that object.
RELATED ARTICLE: Seven Methods of Leading the Eye to the Center of Interest
1. Isolation. One way to emphasize the focal point is to simply draw nothing else. If the main object is enlarged and the negative shapes are interesting, this can work. 2. Subordination of Accessories. Sometimes, when we look at a work of art, we can tell the artist did not draw the background shapes in as much detail. The Impressionists knew this is the way the eye sees and painted vague, indefinite forms surrounding the focal point. …