Summer Canvas Project
This painting project is one that I turn to when time is limited. It can be done in two or three short sittings, each taking about 10 to 20 minutes.
The student paints the entire canvas with the color of their choice. Let it dry. If acrylic paint is used, it can dry very fast. Next, decide on a subject and then make a stencil. If the student cannot easily decide, I sometimes think of things they love and then give them two options (studies have shown that folks select quicker and with more certainty when there are two items – as opposed to 3 or more – and I have seen this to be true…)
Once the background dries, the stencil is placed down (can lightly tape it by folding back tape and placing it underneath) and paint is applied around and over the stencil. Try not to have the paint glop around the edge, and using different brushes can help ensure coverage. The aim is to leave the outline of the stencil the same color of the base while painting another layer.
My niece chose pink paint to place on top of the base of yellow oil paints (her paints were slightly still wet when we put the stencil down – because oil paint takes a long time to dry- oh, and did you know that some oil paintings can take years to fully cure? Also, they don’t dry – they “harden”).
I suggest to lift the stencil off “before” the paint dries (hardens) because you do not want it to stick.
My niece let her painting sit for two days and then our final session, which was about ten minutes, she decorated the tutu, leotard, and shoes. She used a small brush – and then a cotton swab – to add swirls and sticky texture. There was also nice texture in the yellow and pink backgrounds because she used a large brush for that.
This project leads to an easy lesson about positive and negative space, which in this case the dancer is taking up the positive space and the background is the negative space.
The pink paint was tinted by using white and we talked about how color is an element of art.
Have a great day.