Plein Air Drawing and Painting | Art Projects for Kids

October 18, 2013

Did you know that “Plein Air” drawing is a French term meaning “in the open air”. Painting outside is something that artist do every day these days. But it wasn’t always that way. In the late 1800s it was the Impressionists that decided to head outdoors to capture the effects of sunlight on a subject. There choice changed things forever.

Are you ready to get creative outside?

Step 1

Put together a basic set of art supplies. If you want to draw, and pencil, pad of paper, and an eraser is every thing you will need. If you want to paint, your basic set of supplies might be a little fancier.

Step 2

Go find a place that inspires you. Or maybe just the local park.

Step 3

Consider the scene that you are about to draw. Maybe it’s perfect just the way is is. If so, jump in. Start drawing. Sometimes artists like to modify a scene a bit to make it more dramatic. If you have an idea to make it better, do it. We never get better unless we try our ideas out.

Step 4

When you are finished drawing/painting place your art about 6-8 feet from you, and take a good look at it. Ask yourself, “Does it look good?”, “How could it look better?”,  “Are the enough lights and darks to make it pop off the page?” Make the necessary changes.

Step 5

Try another picture!

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