One morning a week I have a couple kids come to my house and we have a little art class. We've done all sorts of fun things with colored pencils, oil pastels, and their favorite- paint! I'm going to start posting some tutorials of the projects we do together. And the first is: Layered Landscapes. We did this a couple weeks ago, and I've been meaning to post it since then, but school work tends to get in the way of that. But here goes--
- Paint (I only gave the kids red, blue, yellow and white. We did a lesson on mixing colors earlier in the year, so this was a chance to put it into practice.)
- Acrylic paper
- (Not pictured) Oil pastels
Give each child a piece of acrylic paper. I used the paper for this project because after painting, children will use oil pastels over top and I knew the canvases would end up with a nice, deep concave effect ;)
Instruct students to draw three diagonal lines across their paper.
(Hint: it is really fun if they don't know what the picture is going to be at the end. They will draw exactly what you tell them to (a line) rather than what they expect it to be (a hill.) Also, they will spend the whole time guessing with those creative little minds!)
Draw two parallel vertical lines coming out of each horizontal line. Erase the section of horizontal line cutting through the vertical pairs.
Your drawing is complete! Next it is time to paint. Each hill should be a different shade of green.
Paint the sky blue, and the tree trunks brown. Let dry
Once dried, students use oil pastels to add leaves, birds, sun, clouds, people, ponds, animals, fences and anything else their minds imagine. One of my students created a fall landscape complete with leaves falling into piles and squirrels scurrying along. Another created a summer escape. He had a pond all ready for fishing with the tackle box and fishing poles not too far off.