Painting for children

Spring 2021 – 9 Fridays: 3/19-5/21 (no class 4/23), 5:00-6:15 pm

This spring, I introduce a new painting class for children (age 9-13) that will combine painting with different media, including acrylics, watercolors and gouache.
Acrylic is well-known medium, which is ideal ideal for anyone who wants to paint – for children, adult beginners and experienced artists, who like to experiment with different techniques. These paints produce bright bold colors, and a wide range of textures and effects.

Gouache is a French word and often is dubbed as “opaque water color.” It was first used in medieval illuminated manuscripts and gained popularity among French and Italian painters in 18th century. It was most often used in creating decorative art or landscapes.

Painting with acrylics and gouache are very similar in terms of technique, color mixing and brushwork. Both are opaque and have a bold, flat color laydown. The thick, opaque texture of both these mediums gives artists the ability to edit mistakes more easily.

Gouache paints have more matte finish than acrylics, the colors are generally lighter, and what is most important – it is water-soluble when dry, while acrylics dry forever.

Students can work with either of these mediums, or even combine then, provided they are using a proper technique.

During the classes, I will explain different approaches to using paints and will show live demonstrations. We’ll do still life, landscapes, genre painting and botanicals, working both from observation and photos, on canvas or paper. Each lesson will start with short slideshow and some art history material.

Recommended list of supplies:

  • For the start, you can have a basic set of paints – acrylics, gouache or watercolors. A 12-color set usually includes most of the colors you’ll need. Make sure you have while paint – for watercolor users it can be an additional tube of gouache or acrylic white.
  • Synthetic paintbrushes. You can have a set, or buy separately. You will need brushes ##1, 2, 6, 10 and 12, both flat and round.
  • Surface to paint on – heavyweight paper, poster paper or cardboard. Canvas or canvas paper is preferable for acrylics, but not necessary.
  • Plastic palette to mix colors
  • Sketching materials and pieces of sketch paper.
  • Paper towels or rags to wipe the paint.
  • Recommended, but not absolutely necessary: tabletop easel or any other easel to work on.
  • Also recommended: paper or plastic/vinyl tablecloth to protect the table.

All the materials mentioned above are available on Amazon, Blick Art Materials online store , or at any local art store.
Classes are offered in English.
Live class duration – 75 min via Zoom.

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