Art education, inspiration and encouragement for children and parents in Arlington, VA
Today in art we prepared for the Art Show at the Torpedo Factory.
The show dates are from February 19th-28th. The art will be hanging on the second floor of the Torpedo Factory near the Art League School Office.
While at the Torpedo Factory enjoy viewing the Patron's Show in the Art League Gallery.. Check out Sheep Jones in studio 7, as her art is fun for both children and adults alike.
The techniques we used in class are fun to do at home. Valentine's Day is coming and the fun starts with line.
Draw a heart and inside of it make some decorations. Here is a worksheet to get you started on ideas.
After you practice and get comfortable, draw your heart on watercolor paper if you want to add color. They look great in just black and white too. I use a black sharpie marker to draw the hearts. It won't bleed when adding watercolor.
After your heart is drawn on watercolor paper, wet the paper under the faucet with running water. Get it really wet. When you add the watercolor paint it will just spread out and go where it wants. Let it do that. This is called wet-on-wet.
You can't control the color but you can add most of one color for example to your heart and another color in the background. The colors will bleed a little into each other but that's okay.
If you get too much color over the drawing just take a paper towel and don't wipe but blot. You will notice the pattern of the wad in the paper towel comes through as a neat texture on the wet watercolor paint.
Below is an example of wet-on-wet with blotted paper towel textures. You can color the paper first and then draw or draw then paint. Try both.
Have fun with these techniques. I say that families that create together are great together.
Happy Valentines Day!
Jean Frank Stark
I make art and have taught to children for over 20 years.