What a blast we had this afternoon in the glorious autumn sunshine painting FISHES!!
Thanks to Deep Space Sparkle and another one of her genius art lessons for multiple ages this one worked like a charm on my fish loving crew (all except Matthias who is feeling poorly today) :(
As I was gathering materials for set-up on the deck, I was overjoyed to find my long, lost, art drop cloth (otherwise known as an old shower curtain) and it totally set the tone for our fishy art adventure!
I set out the primary paints in flat-bottomed jars, water cups, extra brushes, watercolor paints (for the background), a mixing palette, black marker and black oil pastels and a sheet of watercolor paper for everyone.
For the initial steps, Patty suggests using an oval template for the primary colored fish. Since our paper size was smaller (9x12) than the size in the lesson (12x18) we used an oval template from our Geometry cabinet and it proved the perfect size with plenty of room for more fish to be added around in varying sizes and shapes.
After the fish were drawn and a few details added, painting the primary fish commenced. This was fun to see the vibrant, bright colors take hold on the page!
After this step, we mixed up some secondary colors in shades of green, orange and purple. *Note-to-self: Next time I might thin the paints a bit as ours were pretty heavy, but we achieved exhuberent colors nonetheless :)
Following a little drying time we used watercolor paints in shades of blue to paint all the background "water".
The finishing steps were to add any details that were initially painted over and outline the fish in either some black paint, a marker or a black pastel. We opted for the black marker with some very nice results.
Sean-Paul decided to leave off the black marker detail and I think his rendition is lovely and truly colorful, which is what we hoped to achieve :) He also enjoyed reciting what all the colors became after we started mixing!
Have you tried this one with your sweeties yet???
Many blessings in your week ahead!