Feb 22, 2014

Big Face Painting

Want to fall in love with kid’s art? Try this project (see drawing tutorial HERE) with some really bright watercolors, crayons and markers, and see what happens. The younger the student the better. This painting, made by a kinder named Summer, just takes my breath away. I could look at it all day.
1. I started with reading the Eric Carle book “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse”. It encourages students to use colors that they like, not necessarily ones they think are appropriate.
2. Students traced their drawing with a chisel tip black marker. The thick black lines really make a difference.
3. Crayons were used to ONLY make decorations: lines, patterns, etc. No solid coloring.
4. The art was finished with liquid watercolor paint.


Hi from Ruth! said...

I love this and will be trying it with my kids - thanks!

Question for you - what does the crayon do? Does the waxy nature of the crayon prevent paint from covering up the line made by the crayon? And when you're using the paint, do you paint right over the crayon? In this picture, are the curved lines inside the eye and the horizontal lines inside the nose crayon?

Many thanks...love your ideas!!


Kathy Barbro said...

Hi Ruth,
Crayons are great to use with watercolors as they keep their bright color when you paint right over them. They can also be used to create edges to keep colors from running together. In this case, the colored lines were all made with different crayons and were all just for fun.

Unknown said...

We did this project this week. My 9 year old loved it, and it turned out great.
Thanks for the inspiration and great instructions.

Happy Annie said...

What size paper did you use? Thanks!

Kathy Barbro said...

Hi, just 9" x 12" paper, but watercolor paper makes the colors look SO good.

Nicole said...

I just wanted to say thank you for your blog! My friend and I did the big face painting with our 3,5,6, and 8 year olds today and they all turned out beautiful. What a great project for all ages!