Deliciously Decadent Food Paintings

In this painting unit, we studied the beautifully composed paintings of Pop artist Wayne Thiebaud and created our own.  Students investigated Thiebaud’s color palette, specifically his use of pastel complements.  Each student set up a photo shoot of their favorite dessert and selected one photo to use as a model for the painting.  The students aimed to imitate the actual texture of the food by applying modeling paste on the canvas before adding the layers of acrylic paint.  These paintings are full of energy and celebrate life through food.

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