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TOM From Home: Crayon Engraving (Grade 4-6)

Updated: Jan 20, 2021


Image Credit: Tom Thomson, Northern Lights, 1915. Oil on Paperboard. Gift of the Estate of Louise (Thomson) Henry, sister of Tom Thomson, through George M. Thomson, 1971. Collection of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery.

An activity for participants to learn more about Tom Thomson and his explorations of natural environments and phenomenons. An opportunity for students to reflect on the mysteries of nature.


This activity has been designed and created by Muriel Farmer, MA Candidate Nova Scotia College of Art.


Curriculum Notes: Activity participants will explore the elements of form, line, colour, and texture in negative/positive spaces. Texture is emphasized by scraping away a dark top layer to reveal bright colours, underneath. Participants will experiment different types of line such as thinness, thickness, and weight of linework. Designed for Grades 4-6 (Age 9-12 years).

 

Materials:

  • bristol paper, or another type of heavy weight paper

  • wax crayons

  • paint brush

  • marker or something with a sharp edge to scratch off ink (toothpick or popsicle stick)

  • black ink

  • paper towel

  • container for water (ex. jar or cup)

  • container to hold ink (ex. lid from jar)

Description:

This activity is inspired by two portraits by Tom Thomson's Northern Lights. Participants will be able to reflect on the textures and lines created in the painting by looking closely at brushstrokes and horizon lines. They could also reflect on their personal experiences and stories of the Northern Lights. The way engraving activity will encourage them to think about negative and positive space combined with lines creating textures. As well as exploring different types of lines.


Explore Tom Thomson's Northern Lights

  • Where do you look first? How has Thomson divided the painting? Where is the horizon line?

  • What directions do the brushstrokes go? Do they all go in the same direction?

  • Have you ever seen the Northern Lights? When and where did you see them? How do you think they are formed?

Image Credit: Tom Thomson, Northern Lights, 1915. Oil on Paperboard. Gift of the Estate of Louise (Thomson) Henry, sister of Tom Thomson, through George M. Thomson, 1971. Collection of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery.

Activity

Step 1

Colour the piece of bristol paper with as many crayon colours as you can making sure to fill the entire page

Step 2

Prepare to cover your page in india ink by filling your container with water and portioning out a bit of ink. Don't forget to get your paintbrush ready!


Step 3

With your paint brush cover the entire page with the ink. Wait for the ink to completely dry

before continuing to the next step.


Step 4

Use the end of a pen or something with a sharp tip to scratch away the ink.



Explore!

Try creating different types of lines and shapes! Try out zig-zags, dots, waves, stars, lines,

be as creative as you like!



Share your creations with us @TomThomsonArtGallery

For more information on Tom Thomson visit this link

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