Students used a method called sgraffito.
They talked about what a silhouette is and how silhouettes don’t show details or textures, just detailed outlines. When they began their trees, they created interesting silhouettes but they went one step further by adding textured bark and branches. We talked about cropping a design when some of the design goes off the paper and it leaves some mystery for the viewer. Their trees were cropped on the black paper, but then were completed in the border (a way for the artist to direct the viewer’s attention from the center of interest out towards the edges.
Here are the gorgeous pieces they created!