Lesson 3 - Motherwell Paper Bag Collages
Lesson 5 - Picasso Dogs

Lesson 4 - Hundertwasser Houses



Today we will create a neighborhood in the style of Austrian artist Hundertwasser!

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 (any thick paper or watercolor paper)

-- water soluble markers (red, green, blue, orange, yellow, purple)


Today's video:

Kids Art Week 2016 - Lesson 4

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The first thing we talk about in the video are the six colors in the color wheel. The "primary" colors are red, blue and yellow. The "secondary" colors are orange, purple and green. And the "complimentary" colors are two colors together that are across each other on the color wheel (red/green, blue/orange and yellow/purple).


We talked a little about this today as you will be creating your neighborhood using just these six colors, and sometimes, when you don't know what to use next, you can think, "Oh, the complimentary colors look good together!" :D

Now let's get started!

1. With your pencil, draw a box where you will put your drawing.

2. Now, using your red marker, draw your houses! You can also add lines in the sky or ground.

3. Cover your marker with a little bit of water. Be careful not too put too much water on there, or you will lose your lines! But you do want to add enough water so that the lines get squiggly, like below. Let dry.



4. Now, add more color with our markers! Think "lines" and think "slow." Don't worry about straight lines... no rulers allowed!

Play with different color combinations and begin to learn what colors you like best next to each other.

And have fun!


Here are some samples:




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

And 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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Jeanine L Christensen

Hi Carla, thank you for the great lessons and inspiration this week. It really is fun! I was just wondering if you could share the titles of the books you referenced or show the covers. It would be great to know for further study/exploration. Thank you again, Jeanine


Hi Carla, thank you so much for this wonderful art lesson. It really added some colour to a long, cold week here in Australia. Thanks for your generosity sharing these free lessons.



I know there aren't really "rules," in that we can experiment and change things up as we like. But I wanted to make sure I understand your original instructions: We are to use water only on the first layer where we draw the basic outlines in a single color? It seems that once we start filling in with the additional colors, those watercolored lines almost completely disappear (get covered up), so I'm wondering if I'm missing something.... Thanks!

Carla Sonheim

Hi Gretchen!

Thank you so much for your comment!

Yes, in some cases it’s true that the second layer of lines completely obscures the watercolor-y first layer, but in other cases (just depending on the artist’s hand, the choices made, etc), the watercolor-y layer can be left and add a lot of interest.

Does this help?

Thank you for your question!


Karie Pederson

I LOVE the book you were showing us before starting the little houses. Would you please let us know the name of the book? thank you.

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