Tim Burton?!? Art project?!? Yes. As the kids put, I am the coolest art teacher EVER! With the spooky month of October upon us, I decided that we needed to make some equally spooky artwork. Who better to study than Tim Burton! Mr. Burton is my favorite movie director. I'm a huge fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas. Mr. Burton is a movie director/producer, writer, and artist. Most of the character and set designs for his movies were created by Burton himself. Tim Burton was an outcast while growing up and many of his lead characters are also misfits. He also has a creepy yet comedic feel to his movies. We watched a few clips from his movies throughout the project too. During his clips, we noticed that oftentimes, his architecture is smaller at the ground-level and then gets wider at the top. A lot of his stuff is also crooked. This creates and unnerving effect.
For the first day of the project, we talked about value. Value is how light or dark a color is. We practiced arranging different colors from lightest to darkest. We also looked at some pictures of landscapes and noticed that the further away the ground is, the lighter/whiter is usually looks. We also saw that the further away something is, the higher on our page it appears. We then applied this knowledge to our artwork. We started off by creating a white moon. Then, they created four different grounds and painted the ground that was furthest away the lightest color. The colors they used to paint were based on the colors of the paper they chose. So if they chose an orange paper, they were to use different orange paints. While I had already pre-mixed the colors with black or white, the students were expected to be able to paint their landscapes from lightest to darkest by identifying their colors without my help.
The next class, we created a small black hill for our haunted house to go on. We recapped on Burton's architecture and how things are typically crooked and/or smaller at the bottom and bigger at the top. Students drew and then cut out their house.
For the third class, they cut out a door and windows to add to their house. The windows were also expected to be crooked and/or smaller at the bottom and bigger at the top.
During the final class, we added windows panes with sharpie, as well as other spooky details such as witches, cats, ghosts, bats, etc.
Harmony and Consolidated Elementary Art Teacher in Milton, WI. UW-Eau Claire graduate. WAEA Membership Chair.