-heavy white cardstock or watercolor paper -water cup -paintbrush -paper towels -watercolors and/of food dye diluted with water -drinking straw or eye dropper -about 1 tbsp baking soda in a cup -about 1 tbsp table salt in cup -about 1/4 cup white vinegar in a cup -washable markers -aluminum foil -plastic bubble wrap -a damp paper towel -black sharpie marker -pencil -scissors -colored construction paper at least 8.5×11” -glue stick, Elmer’s School Glue or adhesive squares
ArtLab: Halloween Edition | Ages 8 and up | Saturday, October 24, 11am
Design and construct the head of a dragon using drawing and collage methods
I’ve compiled a list of basic supplies for those interested in beginning acrylic painting. We went over this list in the first session of Acrylic Painting for Adults at Mt. Lebanon Public Library. It is not meant to be comprehensive but as a starting point for those new to the medium.
This past summer I was lucky enough to teach two summer camps for 4 – 5 year olds at the Carnegie Museum of Art; Mini Monets and Art Cat’s Kitchen.
In Mini Monets, students learned basic facial anatomy and created self-portraits. They were particularly interested in the deep spaces of the skull and loved to feel along their face as we discussed each feature, comparing their own face to the model skull that we had in the classroom. After completing the underdrawing, students used mark making methods discussed in the galleries to add oil pastel color to the face. The portraits were cut out and placed on landscape paintings that each child created. The drawing for each landscape was created ‘en plein air’ (in open air) near the entrance to the library and the painting was done in the studio using tempra cakes.
I couldn’t resist using shaving cream painting with this group. The puffy paint really lended itself to the impasto surface made famous by the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. The students were able to blend together the milky pastels to create beautiful abstract landscapes inspired by Monet’s Waterlilies.