Stunning Cities

We were inspired by the colourful images in Robert Neubecker‘s Wow! City! and this blog post on the blog Splish Splash Splatter to create some gorgeous cityscapes – with a focus on form, colour and wonder.

 Stunning Cities - There's a Book for That!

What we loved about the book Wow! City! was the sense of height in the buildings and that with some quite simple lines, many details could be highlighted.

wow city

After we read the book, we talked about building shapes and the shapes and lines found in roof tops, windows, doors and building details. Students then drew a layered city scape using white crayon on black paper.

 Stunning Cities - There's a Book for That

We then painted white glue over all of our white lines – a definite exercise in patience! We didn’t have enough glue containers of the right size to have students just squeeze glue onto the page so we used brushes and cups of white glue. Also some of our little creative artists get a little too creative when given a whole glue bottle . . . .

 Stunning Cities - There's a Book for That

When some people finished adding glue to all of their lines, they happily helped others and we had cooperative glue stations going all over the room! Lovely thick glue lines created perfect borders for colours to stand out.

 Stunning Cities - There's a Book for That

Adding colour was the fun part. Students chose vibrant chalk pastel combinations and happily filled in their buildings. In this photo, it is easy to see the dried glue lines.

 Stunning Cities - There's a Book for That

I love the oranges and yellows – we had these colours in buildings and in sky lines!

 Stunning Cities - There's a Book for That

Many students worked together in different areas of the room, inspired by each other’s work. Look at the gorgeous yellow sky!

 Stunning Cities - There's a Book for That

These two little artists realized they could create some amazing effects by blending their pastels right on the page.

 Stunning Cities - There's a Book for That

Some final versions:

 Stunning Cities - There's a Book for That

Red skies at night . . .

 Stunning Cities - There's a Book for That

Beautiful blending . . .

 Stunning Cities - There's a Book for That

Oh that gorgeous yellow sky!

 Stunning Cities - There's a Book for That

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