Here are some paintings that the Art cabin students have been working on over the last couple of weeks. After a brief introduction about Claude Monet and the Impressionist painting style, the young artists (aged from 5-11 years) began to paint their own interpretation of the Poppy Field near Argenteuil.
It’s worth noting that we used watercolour paper that was taped around the edges with masking tape. The children brushed clear water across the paper to stretch it. We also used an hairdryer to speed up the drying process.
For this project we worked in stages, beginning with an underpainting (this helps the children work out the composition of their painting, it’s not the finished item so adjustments can be made). The children mixed a blue wash for the sky. Using a wide brush with a side to side motion they applied the wash to the paper. Next adding yellow to the wash to make green, they applied a green wash for the grass. After this stage they added red to the wash to make brown to underpaint the trees & people.
For the middle stage of the painting the children worked with poster paints without the use of water so that the paint remained thick. Dipping a wide brush in blue paint then white, the brush was swirled & dabbed on the paper to create a textured sky.
For the grass, the brush was dipped in yellow and blue paint and swirled about as before, to create a textured field. For the trees the children mixed a dark green colour (they were given a tiny amount of black for this).
The last stage of the painting, using small brushes the children could add flecks of yellow & light green for the highlights. Adding more details to the people, house and finally the red poppies.
Once the paintings were dry the tape was peeled off to reveal a neat border. The children have had many compliments on their paintings which has really boosted their confidence.