Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Art Classes for Kids

Yesterday was new for me. It was my first time at teaching an art class for kids.

There were 9 kids from 3 years to 8 years old. I decided on Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night for everyone to paint on their own.
Everyone started off with a blank canvas, I guided them through drawing different parts of the painting using a pencil, first the cypress tree in the foreground, then the houses, church and hills in the mid-ground, finishing off with the stars in the night sky. I added a few swirls for them, then they traced over their pencil lines with a waterproof black marker.
Drawing with Markers
We started painting using the lightest colours first, the yellow for the stars and the green for the tree. The rest was painted in two tones of blue to make the whole scene dark, like night time.
Starting to Paint Starry Night
Signing their Art
We used q-tips to dab small bits of paint to add depth, and their signature. Once the paint was dry, we used some silver and blue glitter paint over the whole painting to give it a shimmer.
Applying the glitter paint
The kids were SO pleased with their finished works.
Luca with his Starry Night
Starry Night by Luca - Age 6
Starry Night by Emily (6)
Starry Night by Emily - Age 6
Starry Night by Jack (3)
Starry Night by Jack - Age 3
Finished artworks
The finished paintings!
I got through the class with flying colours, I even have 10 kids booked in for next week. 

For really great art ideas for kids go to Art Projects for Kids - what a GREAT site for inspiration! 

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