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Atmospheric Perspective

Tints and Shades - Monochromatic


After studying several photographs of landscapes, we explored how artists can mimic the use of Atmospheric Perspective.  That is a method of creating the illusion of depth, or recession, in a painting or drawing by modulating color to simulate changes effected by the atmosphere on the colors of things seen at a distance.

The children noticed things in the distance were blurier and the colors were faded due to the dilution of color from the atmosphere.  They observed that some colors were more distorted if there was more pollution and clouds.

next the children sketched out a landscape trying to add in several layers.   Next they worked on creating several different tints of the same color to try and capture the illusion of depth with the limited pallet of color. 

What they created were monochromatic masterpieces.


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