March 6, 2012

Serious Painting

We recently ordered a couple of really great art books, and have been learning a few new techniques (mostly flipping through and picking them at random).

One day we got lucky enough to even suck Jakey into the art long enough for Lara to try out playing with gouache:

Even better was a quiet afternoon when Lara and I experimented with blending and streaking watercolors:

And after a weekend trip to the art museum's family studio where we practiced symmetry and patterns, Lara drew an awesomely continuous background for "this is a rainbow pony":

I love watching the process of learning technique. At its most basic, it's just copying - just trying to reproduce the effect in another work. But the effort of breaking that other whole into imitable parts is also what enables the later rearrangement of the parts into new creativity.


AML said...

Children can really draw great and they usually use their visuals to assigned great colors. good art depends on how others visualized your art and how you apply your idea into an art.

Anonymous said...

That is awesome!

I am looking for an art book for my kids, any recommendations!

Institute for Internet Safety said...

This is a great idea, letting them express their talents within themselves in an artistic way. Keep it up kids!