Lesson 1 - Paul Klee Name Paintings
Lesson 3 - Motherwell Paper Bag Collages

Lesson 2 - Dubuffet Figures



So many wonderful Paul Klee Name Paintings over at the Facebook page... thank you to everyone who has posted!  

Today we will make people portraits using watercolor, salt, crayon, and acrylic or tempera paint. We will use the work of artist Jean Dubuffet as inspiration. 

Have FUN with it, and I look forward to seeing your paintings online (either at the Facebook group or Instagram #kidsartweek).

Thanks so much!




Today you will need:

-- Paper. You can use a mixed-media sketchbook or any piece of stiff paper (or watercolor paper), about 10" x 10".

-- crayons

-- set of watercolors

-- darker color of acrylic or tempera paint

-- table salt

-- paintbrushes (an older brush and a flat brush)

-- water and rag


Today's video:

Kids Art Week 2016 - Lesson 2

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Today you will create a textured painting in the style of Modern Artist Jean Dubuffet.

1. Gather your supplies. Choose either "warm" colors (red-orange-brown) or "cool" colors (blue-green-purple) and mix up three or four different pools of color. Today's paint should be both really wet and full of pigment (in yesterday's lesson, when we worked with layers, the paint was really wet but light on pigment).

2. Using an older brush, start "jabbing" thick dots all over your page, with the goal of filling up every piece of the white of the paper. 

3. Take some salt, pour it into the palm of your hand, and then sprinkle it on to the wet watercolor. 

Note: If you are working on a large sheet of paper, you might want to add the salt in two steps so that the paint doesn't dry on you!

4. Let dry completely. (Go play!)

5. Once dry, wipe off the salt over a sink or the trash can using a rag or paper towel.

6. Now, using a crayon, draw a face or a person with a body. Have the hands, stomach, head, and feet go off all four edges of the paper.

7. Add eyes, nose, mouth, and any other details you would like. Below are some "sample" mouths, noses, eyes, etc. inspired by Mr. Dubuffet.

8. Paint the outside areas with acrylic or tempera paint. (These shapes are called Negative Shapes.)

Have fun!




Here are a few finished Dubuffet-Inspired Paintings:


In the following piece, the crayon is used to add more texture (and the outline and details are left off).


Have fun with this lesson! Post your images at Facebook or Instagram (#kidsartweek), and we'll see you tomorrow!

And just remember!
I want to encourage parents of younger children ESPECIALLY (but really, all of you), to remember to make this lesson a positive experience, even if that means not following the steps precisely! ;)
Truly, it's more important for all of us to enjoy the process, whatever the outcome. So please don't worry if the end product is not what you expected... if this is the case, you can join a very large club, because it's true of ALL art, for all of us!
I have no expectations that the images posted are "right," and hope you can let those go for you and your children, too. 
Let this be a fun time for all of you!



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