Sunday, September 12, 2010

Venetian Architecture

Drop in Art at the OKCMOA yesterday was so much fun! I had really wonderful group of creative children and adults that came in to draw, color and paint their creations with me.

We drew inspiration from the view painters in the new exhibition, La Serenissima: Eighteenth-century Venetian Art from North American Collections.

I made a few notes on the board to get started.

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This first step can be done with pencil or jump right into it with a Sharpie marker. If you use pencil you can erase but you will need to allow more time because the pencil lines will need to be gone over with Sharpie anyway.

Begin by drawing a line across your paper. You draw your buildings as you want above the line. Below the line you mirror the buildings using a wavy line to represent reflecting in the water. If you used pencil, you need to now go over your pencil lines with Sharpie marker before going to the next step.

Now use oil pastels to fill in your drawing. For the reflection buildings try to color lightly so the paper will accept more of the watercolor wash.

Now you are ready for the final step! Create water and sky by using blue watercolor to wash over your drawing. The oil pastel resists the watercolor.

These turned out great! Here are some of the works!

You will need:
-watercolor paper
-pencils
-rulers
-Sharpie or other permanent marker
-oil pastels
-blue watercolor
-water and brushes

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8 comments:

Mary said...

These turned out great! I've done reflected buidings before by rubbing the oil pastel lines with the folded paper. But using the wavy lines is so much more effective. I will definitely be trying this. I also love the idea of Venetian architecture.

Janie B said...

This looks like fun! I'll have to give it a go in my class.

AmyC said...

These are amazing...I really need to quit overbooking my Saturdays and bring the boys up to your class. I am so impressed!!!!!

Phyl said...

I posted something similar with landscapes a while back but buildings are a nice idea. These look great!

Hallie said...

these are beautiful!

Neomig said...

Great idea - this will be my next project with my 3rd grade!
Thanks
Neomi

heather said...

I homeschool my 2nd grader (who LOVES to draw and do art projects.) We did this today and it's FABULOUS! I'm framing it! Thanks for a BRILLIANT idea! :)

Heather, NC

Mini Mocha said...

Thank you for this we just did watercolour pencils with my 4 and 8 yr olds. It was fun.