Over the Christmas break I was blessed to be given a bag of art supplies. These art supplies allowed for a change in our art lessons. I am not a trained art teacher, but I have a love for the arts. I can be found searching the web late at night on ideas for art lessons. I had already spent the art budget on pastel chalk supplies and the girls had been working on many pastel projects.
How fast could I come up with new art lessons on acrylic paints? How could I pull off art lessons without spending money on art curriculum?
Three Steps to Easy Art Lessons
➢ Gather a pile of art books. Mainly books with lots of pictures. Our books ranged from “How to paint Seascapes” to “What makes a Rembrandt a Rembrandt.”
➢ Gather your art supplies. We had many sized brushes, tubes of acrylic paints, and 11X20 paper canvas.
➢ Give them time to paint. We spent 3 weeks working on this art lesson.
During the first lesson, the girls spent a lot of time looking at the art books. Then they picked a favorite painting that they wanted to copy. I had them sketch out the painting with a pencil. This really helped with the planning of the picture. Next it was time to paint. The best thing about acrylics is if you let it dry you can easily paint over it. A few times we tried to mix a color and then after it was on the canvas we realized it wasn’t quite the right color.