|Learning New Strokes|
Next we moved on to putting in shading, giving depth to the white petals with a light wash of yellow and a lighter green on the edge of each leave. Last to go on were the white dots using the end of their brushes. This was one of the hardest things to teach. Every single one tried to paint dots on with the paint brush bristles. Once I showed them to use the other end, dip the brush end in paint and them make nearly perfect dots on the birdhouse, they couldn't stop!
|The variety of backs|
Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here are the finished backs. My sample is on top. It was my first original birdhouse since I came to the home; not my proudest creation. I didn't think it would be hard to do. Wow, did I have a lot to learn!
Every single birdhouse had the same outline as my birdhouse (I drew the same pattern on every blank birdhouse) but as you can see in the five samples below mine, what they painted is very, VERY different.
I looked at this and realized this was how art evolves. Someone, somewhere, had an idea and the next artist, in his mind, improved on the concept. Most art is built on something that happened in the past. Some of my students had more skill than others but as I have always maintained does that make their less talented art any less? All were proud of what they had done. The one on the middle right is stunning! In her mind, this was what she saw in those outlines while never using them.
After I got over the fact that they would never follow my design and offered only their interpretation of it, I began to really have fun. I was there to teach them some basics, guide them with techniques they could try, they were here to see what they could create.
I was given a bunch of plastic flower pots and after finishing this birdhouse project realized I needed a simpler, less detailed item for them to work on next time. We shall see. The best part is that I don't need to prepare a thing!
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