A Work of Art

A Work of Art

Can you feel emotion through artwork?


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  • You will be making an art piece that conveys emotion
  • You will be researching and writing a one page essay about the best way to use oil pastels


  1. You will research the best way to paint using oil pastels.
  2. You will research the best way to show emotion through artwork.
  3. You will gather your research for the best way to paint using oil pastels and write a one page essay on that topic
  4. You will be creating an art piece that conveys an emotion using the information you found during your research


Research the best way to show emotion through artwork.

Sources for the best way to convey emotion through art.

  1. http://www.innerself.com/content/personal/happiness-and-self-help/counseling/4130-express-your-emotions-through-art.html
  2. http://www.artsology.com/artemotion.php
  3. http://millennialmagazine.com/expressing-emotion-through-art/
  4. https://www.quora.com/Artwork-How-can-I-convey-a-particular-emotion-in-a-work-of-art
  5. http://www.nationalmuseum.se/sv/English-startpage/Exhibitions/Past-exhibitions-/Passions–Five-Centuries-of-Art-and-the-Emotions-/
  6. https://www.sitepoint.com/8-ways-evoke-positive-emotions-visual-design/
  7. http://faso.com/fineartviews/13336/art-filled-with-emotion
  8. https://www.quora.com/Why-are-the-arts-often-used-as-a-way-of-expressing-emotions
  9. http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4603057_art-express-emotion.html
  10. http://www.whatsyourgrief.com/expressing-emotion-through-art/
  11. http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2014/09/using-color-to-convey-emotion/
  12. http://www.artbylt.com/how-to-paint-abstract-art.htm
  13. http://www.incredibleart.org/lessons/high/hs-emotions.htm
  14. http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2015/03/drawing-emotions/


Research what is the best way to paint using oil pastels.

Sources for the best way to paint using

  1. http://emptyeasel.com/2009/01/22/oil-pastels-101-a-comprehensive-guide-to-painting-with-oil-pastel/
  2. http://www.oilpasteltechniques.com/oil-pastels-for-beginners/
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nv3DSXSJrYc
  4. http://www.oilpasteltechniques.com/
  5. https://www.reference.com/art-literature/can-use-soft-pastels-canvas-b3abcd1f0b604cdb
  6. http://www.pilothousegallery.co.uk/#!how-to-paint-using-oil-pastels/c1hlq
  7. http://www.elfwood.com/tutorial/c96017dc-4682-cbe9-f5f1-402b81ded902/oil-pastels
  8. http://artquestionsanswered.com/can-you-use-pastels-as-paint/
  9. https://easypeasyartschool.com.au/use-oil-pastels/
  10. http://www.oilpastelsartist.com/oil-pastel-techniques/
  11. http://www.appalachianpastelsociety.org/?page_id=1196
  12. http://learn-drawing.blogspot.com/p/how-to-paint-portrait-with-pastel.html
  13. http://www.overstock.com/guides/how-to-use-oil-pencils
  14. http://www.teachkidsart.net/tips-for-working-with-oil-pastels/
  15. https://www.scribd.com/document/145101315/Painting-With-Oil-Pastels-for-Beginners
  16. https://sparklingsilvia.wordpress.com/2008/06/28/how-to-draw-and-paint-with-oil-pastels-faq/
  17. https://www.artforkidshub.com/how-to-blend-with-oil-pastels/
  18. http://www.painters-online.co.uk/articles-tips-advice/view,an-introduction-to-oil-pastel-painting-techniques_5080.htm
  19. http://www.zest-it.com/oilpastel.htm



Research for the best way to show emotion through artwork.

  • Use colors to express what you want your audience to feel or to see when they look at your art.  Other artists may make an image with the hope of creating an emotional response in the viewer.  
  • Texture in art expresses emotion. A watercolor painting, for example, will usually have a very mellow, placid tone because of the way the paint absorbs into the painting. There are usually no individual brush strokes, but a soft landscape where the edges blend into each other.
  • A work with sharp, percussive strokes, like a Vincent Van Gogh painting, will portray a different emotional tone altogether. In Van Gogh’s art, the brush strokes always give the painting an anxious tone, no matter what the subject matter. Even a starry night can look dizzying and disorienting.  
  • Modern art often takes the role of texture in expressing emotion even further. Modern artists can use nails and other jagged objects to make a work seem threatening and violent, or use textiles and soft things to give a sense of comfort or warmth.
  • Color plays a significant role in expressing emotion. Bright colors often express excitement, while duller or darker ones can express relaxation, depression, sleepiness, or other low-key emotions. Contrast can also express emotion. A painting which uses shades of color in the same spectrum will have a different emotional tone than a painting that uses hues from different spectra.
  • Color can be a powerful way to convey emotion in your illustration or fine artwork. It can be used to create  a literal mood, such as a blue-grey rainy scene or a bright yellow breakfast nook in a kitchen; but it can also be used more figuratively to subtly evoke emotion through objects and characters.
  • Use red tones to set the scene can create a sense of romance and desire. Make characters’ faces red to convey anger; pair the color with downward facing eyebrows to show an angry expression. Likewise, paired with a different expression it can show shame.  Orange can convey warmth, either in a character or in a scene. Dressing characters in orange, or surrounding them with orange details, can be a subtle way of showing a sense of warmth, both literally and figuratively: it can also convey a sense of safety and comfort.


Research for the what is the best way to paint oil pastels.

  • Oil pastels can be used wet or dry on any support: Paperboard, Canvas, Glass, Metal, Wood. . . even Rock. Some surfaces work better with a coat of gesso, for preservation or more tooth, but you can be confident in using an oil pastel over any kind of found objects in a collage or mixed media piece.
  • Colors may be blended completely on the surface, scumbled over each other in layers, or blended on the palette and then applied with a knife or Color Shaper tool. Sgraffito effects are much easier with oil pastels than with crayon. Laying a strong layer of white or a lighter color on first and then following it with other opaque layers allows you to scrape it back to reveal small details or create sharp lines in the work.
  • This is an old oil painter’s trick—often accomplished with the end of a brush—but it works just as well in oil pastels and is one of the important keys to realism.
  • Temperature affects the firmness of all oil pastels, student or artist-grade. When warm, they’ll be softer and flow more easily. When cooled, they become more firm. This can help in both directions—if your surface is saturated and won’t take more color, you can warm the pastels in your hand while the painting is in the fridge cooling to firmness. If your oil pastels are too soft to control (a common complaint about Senneliers) chilling them for a while should make them easier to handle.
  • There are numerous ways to apply oil pastel. Here, we look at using the sort of techniques that would be a direct substitute for soft pastel. If I were using soft pastel, my first task would be to remove all the wrappers. With oil pastel, I simply break them in half, keeping the wrapper on one side as prolonged handling can make them soft, leading to unwanted heavy deposits of pigment on the paper. There are several key strokes that are useful to create a painting.

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