Today was the day we started art lessons, only because we got bored and had nothing else to do.
I am using different resources to teach the kids art. Ok, ok…I’m teaching myself too. Geez, it’s only been 125.2 years since I had art. I was good at it too. All that talent is gone now. Oh well…
Where was I? Oh yeah, what I am using for lessons.
- I’ll copy what Melanie does, because I am a follower. Sometimes I think I am leading, but the fact is I am way behind everyone else and I just think I am out in front.
- Usborne’s Complete Book of Art Ideas
- Art Projects for Kids
- Donna Young
Today we learned how to take care of our brushes. I bought cheapo brushes from Michael’s. IF my kids show any signs of talent, I’ll splurge and get them a better set.
First we have to make a container for them.
Paper Mosaic Cans – Page 202 and 203, in Complete book of Art Projects. We only followed a few directions. 🙂 We used tomato cans that had been cleaned very well and paper removed.
I cut a strip of colored paper the size of the can and instructed the girls to make a picture out of colored paper. Each did their own thing.
When the pictures were done, we applied clear contact paper.
Then we applied it around the can.
Once that was done, I gave them brush instructions.
Never smash your brush at the bottom of the cleaning bowl. This doesn’t work well and will mess up the shape of the brush.
Swirl the brush in light soapy water to remove any paint and rinse in clear water. After the brush has been cleaned, gently reshape the bristle with your fingers.
Then put them away, with the bristles up.
Now we know how to take care of our brushes and have a nice place for them when not in use.
Next lesson will be brush use.