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Summer Art Camp – Parrots

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Summer Art Camp has been one of the highlight of my year.  I’ve really enjoyed having the kids play with all sorts of mediums!  We kicked off the fun with this project because we needed it to dry before we could do the next step.  Here’s my example I made for the kids.

Schooled in Love: Parrot

Step 1: Once the light pencil sketch is made of the parrot, go over all the lines in regular white glue.

Steps 2 and 3:  Watercolor, and when it dries use an ultra-fine Sharpie to outline all the 'imperfections.'

Steps 2 and 3: Watercolor, and when it dries use an ultra-fine Sharpie to outline all the ‘imperfections’ and glue lines.

Here are the kids drawing their parrots.  Some moms came back the next week and told me their kids went home and drew parrots until the cows came home.  Let’s hear it for inspiration!  Yay!

The water coloring technique I showed the kids was very challenging for them.  I told them to view the glue lines as speed bumps, rather than stop signs. Another technique for them to master was using MORE water, rather than less.  I wanted them to puddle their watercolors to create a lot of imperfections, as they will need them in the last step.  These concepts were really hard for them, but they conquered!  They were so proud of themselves!  Here are a few of the parrots the kids did:

This particular student wasn't present during the instruction on how to draw the parrot, so I had her do her own design.  She did a fabulous grid!  Her challenge was to watercolor against the pattern - and that was challenging for her!

This particular student wasn’t present during the instruction on how to draw the parrot, so I had her do her own design. She did a fabulous grid! Her challenge was to watercolor against the pattern – and that was challenging for her!

The last part of the assignment was to outline all the glue lines and “imperfections” of the watercolors.  Here are some of the finished works: