Art day today with Miss Kaeleigh. We had a great day sharing ghost stories and painting foxes. It got a little difficult mixing paint at times with the lights dimmed, but ghost stories need the right mood so we just went with it. She decided she wanted her fox to have muscles in his arm and toned abs. She thought the tail looked like a flexing arm and made some adjustments. I just went with the standard red fox with a fluffy tail. Kaeleigh’s fox has a few tattoos. He is the hip, muscle fox.
Today was art day with Kaeleigh. We were going to spray paint her Eiffel Tower wooden model, but the wind and weather wasn’t cooperating. We had to improvise. Today was paint whatever you want day. I painted a panda, which I will spare you the pics. Kaeleigh had been practicing drawing dragons and wanted to paint a dragon. Soon into the session, things went sour. I must say however, her background of bright red was smooth, even and the entire canvas was covered. If you have ever painted with kids, you know this is a big deal. It is hard to cover the white! Long story short, the dragon didn’t work out which gave Kaeleigh and I the opportunity to discuss failure. Failure is perfectly okay. Some of the best learning comes from failure. We learn through repetition, mistakes, practice practice practice. I had to use a Taylor Swift analogy but I hope the point got through. She vaguely knew who Michael Jordan was so it was just better to use an example of a person she actually knew about. Taylor Swift did not get to where she is by not practicing and not failing.
Kaeleigh wanted to throw her painting away. I told her that was fine…AFTER SHE FINISHED it. Poor kid. She was not happy with me. I told her she didn’t have to like it, but she had to finish it and wait a few days before making a decision to keep or toss out. That little girl, on the verge of tears kept on painting and by the time our session was over, Kaeleigh had completed a unicorn abstraction. That gave us another opportunity to learn. Kaeleigh now knows the difference between abstract and abstraction. I think this little unicorn is pretty darn cute and I was so proud of her for finishing.
I read this essay to Kaeleigh today: Advice for Kids Frustrated with their Art.
Today, Kaeleigh wanted to paint Simba for her show and tell/talent show tomorrow. She will be playing the drums and showing her Simba painting. She painted Simba for her friend, Elise. I found a really nice tutorial here: http://www.easydrawingtutorials.com/index.php/disney/88-draw-simba. First, we used watercolor pencil to draw Simba on our respective canvas following the instructions in the tutorial. Kaeleigh was a little worried because of all the extra marks, but she was excited to see that those extra sketch marks could be removed with water. I think she liked her new little trick. Then, we painted him with acrylic paints, finishing up with a thin glaze of yellow over the entire painting. She did a really nice job. Her friend is gonna love it!
Getting ready to paint with kids tomorrow. The request this week was for a raven with wings of fire or a dragon. These kids have tall orders! Since I have painted a dragon before, I thought I would stick with something I didn’t have to learn from scratch. Like wings of fire. My go-to site for kids dragon art is Darkonator. If you need a cute dragon step by step, I love Darkonator. I went ahead and traced a dragon and then used that as my template to trace onto canvas. I did the dragon outlines in black acrylic paint for the kids beforehand so they could get right to painting from the start. I hope we finish! https://drawinghub.com/tut/how-to-draw-an-easy-cartoon-dragon-21055
July 19, 2017
Update: Here are the paintings from today. Rylan is visiting and won’t be able to work more on his dragon with me, but he says he is finished and likes the white with the blue. Kaeleigh will finish hers next week. She will add her black outlines back and work on smoke coming out his nose! We also need to finish his eye. I think both Kaeleigh and Rylan did a great job and I can’t wait to see what Kaeleigh’s looks like when she is finished.
July 26, 2017 final dragon
Thanks to Darkonator https://drawinghub.com/tut/how-to-draw-ender-dragon-19583 , I was able to learn how to draw an ender dragon from Mine Craft. I painted her twice yesterday and once today. The reason was because I had my first teaching lesson today with an 8 year old named Kaeleigh. She wanted to paint the ender dragon. I was told the ender dragon is a “she” because she does something with eggs, and girls lay eggs. For the life of me I can’t remember exactly where eggs come into play and what she does with them, but they do and that is what matters. We had lots of fun. I learned much about video games and Taylor Swift. This week was a gauge to kinda see where we are. Next week we will start something more traditional like fun spheres and fun boxes.
This is a 12 X 16 inch varnished acrylic painting of a crow and poker chip that I painted for my brother in law’s business office. Thepoker chip once served as the business card for Groundhog Excavating Inc. so I thought I would give Groundhog a bit of nostalgia. He liked it!…and so does the crow.