Make an easy Charles DeMuth art project by imitating one of his famous paintings, “I Saw the Number 5 in Gold”. It’s a good introduction to abstract art.
DeMuth’s “Figure 5 in Gold” is a wonderful abstract painting to show children as they can easily see the firetruck elements in it. There’s even a creative poem dedicated to it:
The Great Figure
Among the rain
and lights I saw the figure 5
on a red
to gong clangs
and wheels rumbling
through the dark city
— William Carlos Williams (1883-1963)
• Drawing paper
• Black marker
• Crayola crayons*
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2. Using a ruler, they can draw about 5-6 lines from edge to edge to dissect the paper into many sections. Encourage them to spread the lines out.
4. Students choose one color theme for the inside of their number. In my example, I colored the inside of my 5 with orange. When that is done, they color in each segment with different colors, overlapping to create a new color when necessary.