Bright and Beautiful Britta

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One of the interesting things I learned about Romero Britta, when I looked up his biography, is the fact that when he started painting he painted on scraps of cardboard and newspaper.  Britta’s optimistic, fun-loving approach to life is reflected in his selection of art subjects and his use of vibrant colors.   I find his use of lines, circles and patterns a compelling reason to imitate his art.  A PowerPoint featuring Britta’s art is included.  The class will view the PowerPoint presentation of Romero Britta’s art before and while we are doing this project.

In this project we will be using a compass for the circles or part circles and a ruler for straight lines.  Inside lines and patterns will be drawn freehand and all the lines will be outlined with a black Sharpie.  I prefer using colored markers for this project because of their brightness.

Supplies:

  • Romero Britta art (PowerPoint)
  • White drawing paper (cut 8 ½”x 11”
  • Ruler
  • Compass
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Black Sharpie
  • Colored markers
  • Colored construction paper (background)
  • Glue stick

Directions:

  1. Watch the PowerPoint of Romero Britta art.
  2. Using the width of the ruler as a guide, draw a border inside the outer edge of the drawing paper.
  3. With the compass, draw circles and part circles inside the border and vary the sizes of circles and part circles.
  4. With the ruler, draw straight lines from the circles and part circles to the edges of the border.
  5. With the lines and circles made, imagine an animal, bird or person with the lines already made.  Add lines or circles to emphasize the image.
  6.  Draw lines inside the circles, part circles and lines already drawn.
  7. Freehand draw patterns inside the spaces made.
  8. Outline all the lines, circles and the border lines with the black Sharpie.
  9. Color in the spaces and patterns with colored markers.
  10. Choose a piece of colored construction paper that accents the colors in your art.  Glue around the edge with a glue stick and center on the background paper.

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