Monday, October 19, 2015

5th Grade - Abstract Landscapes inspired by artist Mandy Budan

One day, while surfing Pinterest, one of Mandy Budan's amazing abstract landscapes crossed my path. I was an instant fan! Her style is very interesting, a layering of shapes and lines in an amazing variety of colors! I knew she was my next artist to introduce to my 5th graders.  Perfect for teaching Tints and Tones!

While looking at her works of art with my students, (Mandy Budan Prezi), we had some questions... Who influenced her style of painting?  We all guessed Vincent Van Gogh.  Then, we wondered how she got started? Did she premix colors or mix as she went?  Since Mandy Budan is a living artist, I sent her an email asking her.... still have not heard back, but hopeful I will soon.

 Here are some AMAZING paintings by this exciting artist, Mandy Budan...

I focused the color mixing on tints and tone. Students were given both, pre-mixed paint and paint intended to be mixed by them.  It was a HUGE success!!! I had a very hard time choosing artwork to post, it was all great!

Now... see if you can tell which paintings inspired these works of art!


  1. I think that this would be a great way to teach several key points in our curriculum this year? I will let you know how it goes.

  2. These are lovely paintings. Thank you for sharing!

  3. These are absolutely amazing! Would you mind sharing your process to get such wonderful results? I would love to try this with my kiddos! Do you try a new artwork with each class or show students how to paint and let them choose? Also, the colors you use are amazing! How do you distribute them to your students?
    Thank you for sharing!


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