Wayne Theibald is the Man

Do you have a favorite artist?  Mine is Georgia O’Keeffe, followed by Marc Chagall, and then it opens up to a bunch of other great people who make my heart sing.  One of my latest loves is Wayne Theibald.  The man’s work shows a fantastic use of color.  His work is pure dream with whipped cream on top.

I love his work and wish to emulate it in some way without being a copycat.  Theibald was able to take ordinary objects like shoes and lipstick and make them extraordinary. 2e9988d3132fb44980044db604743569

His work is great for teaching the principles of art: balance, pattern, variety, and unity.

I know I have mentioned Cassie Stephens a lot, but I started my Wayne Theibald journey with one of her lesson plans:


I had all the students make doughnuts like she taught her kids (I hope).  We did it all, including texture rubbing plates, painting on top of the textures, using lace for the tablecloths, and even puffy paint.



Then it got interesting.  I didn’t want to stop. I decided to do ice cream too.  We had fun working with Crayola’s Portfolio Oil Pastels.  If you haven’t worked with these, please go out and buy some.  They slide onto paper like butter, blend beautifully, and don’t leave that greasy residue on your fingers that regular classroom sets of oil pastels can.  My kids love them.  Also, they turn into paint when you add water.  Boom!


I bought a reflection sheet from Teachers Pay Teachers and had my students write down their learning thus far.


Then I opened it up to them. I laid out all the materials and told them they could do anything they wanted as long as it was related to Wayne Theibald in some way.  We looked at color choices, subject matter, and really dug into his artwork before deciding to do our final masterpiece.  The end results are awesome. They are all very unique.


I love the texture she added with the combs.




This student sat in front of my Promethean board and learned how to draw the candied apple with the shadow.  Very impressive I must say for Grade 2!


Love the reflective highlight on all the apples.


This student learned how to draw three-dimensional shapes. We worked on the peace sign too but it ended up as a Y.

Obviously, most students ended up saying that their final piece was their favorite, simply because they got to work with their chosen materials and subject.  I look forward to doing more Wayne Theibald lessons in the future.  I would love it if students could take other objects like erasers or lip balm and create something with him in mind.


Author: Sonia Chapman

I am an art teacher, living in the Middle East, following my passion for art, teaching little children about the finer things in life, and loving every bit of it.

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