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Art Class Volume 4 Review

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Art Class Volume 4 Review

Color Blending Techniques

 

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Bring out the colored pencils and chalk pastels, and prepare yourselves for enjoyable art lessons.  Art Class Volume 4 is full of fun projects, brief art history lessons, and biblical applications.  Join me as I share what my daughter and I learned in lessons 13-16 in the Art Class series from See the Light.

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Lesson 13 – Blending with Colored Pencils

Color Blending Part 1

Go to your art toolkit and collect the following supplies:

  • 2 sheets of white paper
  • #2 pencil
  • Colored pencils (sharpened)
  • Black Sharpie
  • Eraser

Pat Knepley, Master Artist for See the Light, introduced two new techniques in this lesson.  It all began by drawing fish and applying multiple layers of color.

Layering

My daughter alternated between layering yellow and orange until there are 6 layers of color on the first fish.  The fins, tail, and the bottom of the fish received the most coloring during the fourth and sixth layers using the orange color.

Scrumbling

Scrumbling is the first of the new techniques introduced.  Scrumbling is repeatedly drawing tiny circles until the area is complete.  My daughter has used this technique before but today learned the proper term for drawing those tiny circles.  

The scrumbling technique does take longer.  Some children may not want to complete this section since it takes patience.  Speaking of patience – Pat shares about the Bible lesson on patience from Galatians 5.

Hatching

The second technique is hatching.  Hatching is drawing straight lines close together.  My daughter has used this technique with other projects she has done.  

 

Lesson 14 – Practice Makes Perfect

Color Blending Part 2

 

You will need the following supplies for this lesson:

  • Paper in whatever colors your children prefer
  • #2 pencil
  • Colored pencils (for the most part, yellow, orange, and red)
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener

Having a flower that is about the size of your fist will be beneficial for doing this study.  If you do not have one, find a picture of either Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers or Georgia O’Keffe’s Red Poppy painting on the internet.  We just happened to have a floral arrangement with Sunflowers.

Lesson 14 consists of creating a study drawing of a flower with a center button.  In case you do not know, a study drawing is the opposite of a finished drawing.  A finished drawing is one that takes planning and time to complete.  A study drawing is more of practicing the techniques and not necessarily knowing what the end result will be.

Sometimes it is hard to draw flowers, well at least for me.  But Pat gives tips on how to draw a sunflower.  Begin drawing the flower’s button first and then work out from it.  The petals are similar to a Christmas tree bulb.  The stem is like a straw rather than a wire.

 

Sunflowers

 

My daughter applied all the techniques (layering, scrumbling and hatching) she previously used while completing this project.  This gave the sunflower a more realistic look.

I have little artistic ability.  In the past, my sunflower buttons have been round circles colored brown.  I did not know using scrumbling and crosshatching as well as mixing green with brown would make a more realistic looking sunflower button.  I guess that is one reason my daughter is the artist in the family and not me.  I appreciated Pat sharing about enjoying the process of learning how to draw rather than worrying about the outcome.  That advice ties right in with verses in Luke 12 about worrying.

 

Lesson 15 – Blending with Chalk Pastels

 

You will need the following supplies:

  • Chalk pastels (12 colors)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Colored pastel or chalk paper
  • Blending tools – tissues, clean sock, Q-Tip, blending stick
  • Baby wipes (for cleanup)
  • Old shirt!

Now the fun began for my daughter.  She really likes using pastels!

Pat shared information about pastels as well as tips on how to use them:

  • It is important to use pastel or chalk paper because they have teeth.  I know that sounds strange.  Pat explains it best in the following video.

 

 

  • You will also find colored pastel or chalk paper will allow the drawing to “pop off” the page while white paper will not.
  • Pat explained the differences between sidewalk and blackboard chalk and pastels.  Even though sidewalk and blackboard chalk come in different colors, they still contain white.  Pastels contain more pigment and give a richer and vibrant color.

 

Pastel_dust

 

  • Pastels are messy and dusty so be prepared with an old shirt and something to go underneath the drawing.  My daughter enjoys pastels and has no problem with getting messy.  She must clean it up though.  🙂
  • Pastels may be used with the tip or on the side.  Edgar Degas used the side of pastels when he created his Two Dancers Entering the Stage.

 

Edgar Degas - Two Dancers Entering the Stage

 

  • Work from dark to light when applying color.  This is because the dust from the pastels will muddy the color if done the opposite way.
  • Dust off the pastel stick to keep it clean.
  • Do not wipe the drawing to remove the pastel dust.  Instead, pick up the drawing and tap down on the bottom edge to remove the dust.
  • Blend the colors with clean tissues that do not contain lotion.
  • Keep fingers clean.  The pastels will not blend well because of the natural oils in our skin.

 

Pat went on to show how to blend pastels by using both the tip and the side of the pastels.  She used different colors side by side.  She then used tissues and Q-tips to demonstrate how to blend the colors thus creating additional colors.  For example, blending blue and green creates a teal color.

 

Lesson 16 – Putting It All Together

Color Blending

Pear Study

 

You will need the same supplies as in lesson 15 in addition to a pencil and a pear.  Again, we so happened to have decorative fruit and were ready to go.

My daughter was able to apply techniques from nearly all of the lessons in Art class to complete this pear study.  She did the following:

  1. Drew an outline of the pear with a pencil
  2. Used the side of  a green pastel
  3. Layered a lighter green on top
  4. Blended the two greens
  5. Blended yellow on top of the two greens
  6. Added white to make the pear look paler and then blended the color
  7. Add orange to create a “blush” look
  8. Used crosshatching with an orange pastel and blended it
  9. Added a table line
  10. Added shadow using a light source
  11. Used brown on the stem and added speckles
  12. Highlighted the stem to reflect light

Here is the end result:

 

Pear Study from See the Light's Art Class Volume 4

 

Pastel drawings are so beautiful.  They do need a fixative of some sort to keep the color from wiping away.  Hairspray works well for this.  It is best to do this outside when there is no wind.  You will not want hairspray on your table or floor.

Pat closed the Art Class Volume 4 by sharing about wiping away sin.  I encourage you to read Acts 3:18-20 to discover what that means.

The further along my daughter and I delve into See the Light’s art classes, the more fun we have.  So far Art Class Volume 4 is the one we have enjoyed the most since it includes chalk pastels.

The Art Class series has nine DVDs with a minimum of 4 lessons per DVD.  Each DVD costs $14.99.  The most cost effective is purchasing the boxed set, which is $99.

I encourage you to do one lesson per art day.  I have to confess.  The very first See the Light review I did my daughter and I completed the entire DVD in one afternoon.  Oh my.  Never again.  We enjoy art but that was too much.  Art is to be fun.  So take your time, and your children will be very happy (and so will you.)

Blessings,

Angie McFarren, Homeschool Consultant

 

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Angie McFarren

Angie McFarren is a homeschool mom of 1 high school student and graduated another who is now attending college. She has homeschooled them since they were in K and Pre-K. Angie is passionate about homeschooling and enjoys Helping Other Parents Educate. She is a Homeschool Consultant and the author of Educate the Home Educator Crash Course. Angie is also on the See the Light Art Curriculum team.

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