Painted Still Lifes at PeacockMercantiles
Acrylic on 100 lb acid free Bristol Board
Navy & Taupe
Coral & Gray
Yellow & Faux Bois
As you may know, I teach elementary art. My favorite lessons are in the Spring when we get to draw and paint flowers and still lifes. Like a lot of lessons, I like these because they start with simple shapes- so it doesn't have to feel too overwhelming for those with low art-confidence. Drawing flowers is something people have some visual knowledge of. Even if you are not a scientist, you know the general make up of a flower, so there is some common ground to start from. And lastly, because it's a painting and an art lesson, there is freedom to make things look artistic without being perfect.
As we say in class, don't worry about making mistakes. Everyone and every artist makes mistakes. You can either leave it and move on, fix it now or later, or start over if it's just too big.
I hope you enjoy my new addition to The Almond Flower, Art Lessons and DIY projects.
Art Lesson: Painted Still Life
11x14 Bristol Board Acid Free 100 lb
Acrylic Paints- for this painting I used white, cadmium red light, black, cadmium yellow, cobalt blue and raw umber.
Mixing tray or paper plate
Small, medium and large paint brushes
Step 3: Paint the background. Outline the outsides of your shapes first and then fill in. This allows you to have a nice edge where the flower shapes meet the background. Some painting teachers suggest painting the whole background first and layering the flower and vase shapes on top. You can certainly try this, but I think it's more rewarding to see the image first before you do all the work of painting the large background space. I also work with 5-10 year olds, so you may have more patience!
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