Thursday, June 26, 2014

Value Pulling with Mike Henderson

Mike Henderson, Upstairs (not in crocker) Each way is at Crocker…similar

Recap: Colorwheel
How do we make colors lighter?
How do we make colors darker?
What is value?
What is shade? 
What is tint? 
Draw a value scale

Born in the small farming town of Marshall, Missouri, in 1944
Mike Henderson was supposed to work in the local factory with his father. 
His passion for art led him across the country to one of the first integrated art schools in the United States, the San Francisco Art Institute. 
He earned a B.F.A. in 1969 and an M.F.A. in 1970. 
Henderson has been teaching art and art history at the University of California at Davis ever since
He is considered a prominent figure among the second generation of Bay Area abstract painters.

Project: Create a Mike Henderson inspired Value piece by pulling paint

Step1: With the long side of a craft stick, pick up white and any pure color
Step2: Place it on your paper and pull it across to create a new color
Step3: allow the mixing to show, so you get many colors in each pull
Step4: try and create a rectangle with each pull
Step5: repeat the process with each of your pure colors with black and white
Use a paper towel to wipe craft stick between
Step6: feel free to break your stick to get new shapes with your pulls

White paint 
Black Paint
Pure colors of paint, primary and secondary for each student
Pulls: pop sticks, illustration board 
Large Card stock White 


  1. Love the look of pulled paint - hadn't thought of using it with value change or color mixing - thanks!

  2. Great post! Thanks for sharing.!

  3. I really like this experimental type of mixing! I just pinned it to my 5th grade board. Thank you!