Summer art project. Size is 3 feet across by 4 feet long.
Project time was approximately 6 weeks, working 10-15 minutes per day.
- Bulletin board paper
- Wax paper
- Acrylic paints (red, yellow, blue, black, white)
- Watercolor paints (standard palette)
- Painting tarps, t-shirts, towels, tape, water
- Tape wax paper to wall with painters tape.
- Tape bulletin board paper over wax paper.
(The wax paper prevents any paint from seeping through. If you have a large roll of butchers paper / freezer paper with the waxed backing, that can be used as well).
- Choose a scene and animals.
- Print out images from the internet to find poses and colorations.
- Sketch a background. (In this case, Mom sketched the dock and the horizon line).
- Have kids take turns sketching animals, plants, etc.
I suggest only one child working at a time, unless they are feeling particularly chummy!
- After all sketching is done, paint animals using acrylic paint.
- Have the kids mix all their own colors using only primary colors (blue/red/yellow) with black and white for dark/light tones.
- Paint background objects using acrylic paint.
- Let dry thoroughly..
- Paint water using watered-down watercolors. The watercolor can be washed over everything, so neatness is not needed.
- Waves were added in with acrylics later.
- Small details can be added with paint or even sharpies if needed (we sharpied in the herons’ orange eyes).