Here is another super simple and easy lesson that can be adapted for kids of any age.
This could be used to cover lots of different areas and topics from colour, line, pattern, mixed media, shapes, or even talking about people, places, homes, houses, communities and families.
What the kids love, and I do to, is to see what happens when you paint watercolour over the oil pastels.
1. This can be done on any size of paper, I prefer A3, but A4 works too, it doesn't matter what way round you have the paper, it can be lengthways or vertical.
2. I tend to start with the pattern at the bottom, using bright colours of oil pastels as a basis for the drawing. A point to note for this drawing, (as this is not always the case) is make sure the oil pastels are quite thick, it doesn't mean you have to press down hard, you can go over them a couple of times, but if they are too thin, the watercolour may not have the same effect.
3. From there I start to add different styles and shapes of houses/ buildings. When I teach it, I let the kids go for it, they don't have to be real or a certain shape, I give them some examples, then let them do their own thing.
4. A little tip to add; it's fun to use white oil pastel as this usually works really well showing up with the watercolour painted on top and the kids love seeing the magic happen.
5. I add a bit of colour with the oil pastels to the house, but not too much as you want to leave some of the page white to paint with watercolour. Sometimes I draw the sun, the moon or stars in the sky, I've seen kids dawning rainbows too.
6. You can either paint the whole page the same colour or you can paint it any colours you want, I take it as it comes and see how I feel on the day. Sometimes I paint different colours for the houses, rooftops and the sky, other times I blend colours while they're still a little bit wet, so they bleed into one another and get an almost rainbow effect. You can see it in one on the rooftops in picture 2 and 3.
7. Have fun and enjoy.
Gyl works as an art and design teacher with primary school children. Having previously taught art and design at high school, worked at the Venice Bienalle, and as an arts lecturer at further education college. She also enjoys making her own work.