I'm thankful to my fourteen year old daughter who has been doing some watercolor paintings and supplying me with some material that is simple to photograph and share with you! Of course my joy goes way beyond that.....I'm so happy that she is following in my footsteps in the creativity department, yippee! As I write this she is searching the house for some little plastic toys to make some DIY snowglobes, a creative energy surge that I surely recognize and am more than happy to encourage. Ah yes, and more blog material for busy mom who can't seem to find time to photograph all those things she has been crocheting......
Oh, and about this sweet painting, a garden scene with butterflies done with just a simple palette of watercolors. Keep reading for a bit more information about how to make this into an actual art lesson.
- watercolor paper
- watercolor paints and brushes
- a light pencil
- photographs of butterflies in flight
- photographs of flowers in a garden
- Discuss the idea of foreground and background, objects appearing larger when they are close up and smaller when they are far away. Discuss how the wings of the butterfly when folded look different than when the butterflies wings are extended.....look at how light and shadow appear on the butterflies in their various states of flight.
- Choose at least five or six butterflies in various positions and make a composition with them on the page, drawing with pencil.
- Paint the butterflies with watercolors,
- At the end paint the garden scene in the background, just at the bottom and with a much lighter touch than with the butterflies.