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SWEET STUFF - WAYNE THIEBAUD
("Three Machines" (1963), by Wayne Thiebaud. De Young Museum, San Francisco)
Written by: Amy Shapley
[Amy is a PreK-8 art teacher at Notre Dame de Sion School of Kansas City.]
- To create become familiar with the works of Wayne Thiebaud
visual balance, visual texture, textural paint
What You Need:
- poster board or stretched canvas in large sizes. larger than 18 x 24 inches
- gesso if using stretched canvas
- plenty of white acrylic paints
- colored acrylic paints
- acrylic gel paint thickener or textural additives
- brushes of all sizes, palette knives, other manipulative tools
What You Do:
- Show examples of the work of Wayne Thiebaud. Focus on the works that
depict sweets and use the thickened paint. discuss the size and visuals of
Thiebaud work. Discuss the thickness of paint. Discuss the colors Thiebaud
used. Discuss the balance that is so necessary in such large compositions.
- Make a list on the board of the focal points of the work:
- large, balanced composition
- sweets as subjects
- pastel colors
- thick frothy paint
- Choose a sweet subject and begin to sketch it in balance on the poster
board or prepared canvas. Remember to enlarge logically, and that it is okay
to have part of the objects "fall off the edge" of the ground.
- Once the design has been roughly sketched, begin to mix paint for the
back ground. ALL colors must be mixed with white to create a pastel. When
mixing with white, remember that you add small amounts of color to the white
paint until you reach the value you desire. Do not add white to color or you
will have to add bucket loads of white before you reach a pastel tint. Add
thickener or textural additives to the paint as desired. The back ground can
have less texture than the subject matter in order to give the foreground
- Add frothy texture as you add the foreground of the painting. Think of
- As the painting dries, keep an eye on how the thickener affects the color
and texture of the paint. Add new layers of paint and manipulate the paint
with palette knives of brushes until you reach the desired effect.
Wayne Thiebaud on Wikipedia
►More Painting Lessons
Wayne Thiebaud: A Paintings Retrospective
by: Steven A. Nash, Adam Gopnik (Contributor), Wayne Thiebaud
Famous for his dreamy 1960s paintings of cakes, Wayne Thiebaud began his career as a commercial artist and cartoon illustrator like many other artists of the period, including Andy Warhol. And like Warhol, Thiebaud became tied to pop art since he was making images of popular American products like food, lipsticks, and toys. Yet unlike many of his pop peers, Bay Area-based Thiebaud wasn't interested in poking fun at the establishment.
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