Looking for a way to introduce your kids to modern art.  Check out these books:

Color Your Own Modern Art Masterpieces (Paperback)
by Muncie Hendler (Author)

Color Your Own Matisse Paintings (Coloring Books) (Paperback)
by Muncie Hendler (Author)

Color Your Own Van Gogh Paintings (Coloring Books) (Paperback)
by Vincent Van Gogh (Author)


Watercolor paints can be purchased in several forms: dry pans, (traditional childrens watercolor sets) small colored cakes (just add water), or moist tubes, that look like oil paint tubes.

In whatever form you choose to purchase your paints, moist or dry, you typically arrange them in a palette that has paint wells for your pure colors, and plenty of space for mixing paints.

If you are just getting started, a watercolor set is a great choice. A nice intermediate kit is the Grumbacher Academy Watercolor Set that includes 10 tubes of paint. Another budget minded choice would be the Winsor & Newton Cotman Deluxe Watercolor Studio Set which includes 12 color tubes and mixing trays.

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Check out Mr. Picasso Head. Rudder Finn Interactive offers this fun and educational online activity for creating your very own Picasso painting.

The program gives you a blank canvas and the opportunity for creativity. Just drag the face, eyes, hair, etc. to the canvas, and arrange and color it however you like.

When your “painting” is complete, sign it and save it to the gallery, or send it to a friend.

Have fun!


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A brush is made up of bristles at one end, a ferrule (the metal thingy than connects the bristles to the handle), and the handle.

The typical watercolor brushes have long hairs to absorb the water. Brushes made of sable hair are considered the very best because of their exceptional ability to draw to a point and hold water.  They are also the most expensive. Beginners typically purchase synthetic or part sable brushes. The Kolinsky red sable brush is considered to be the best. These brushes are manufactured by several of different companies, including Arches Kolinsky brushes and Escoda Kolinsky brushes. Other brand name brushes include Grumbacher, Isabey, DaVinci, Rosemary and Co., and Raphael.

Most every brush can be divided into two categories: flat or round. Round brushes have a cone shape, with bristles that come to a point. Flat brushes are round brushes squashed flat, with the ends squared off. This type of brush is a bit stiffer. Round brushes are numbered from smallest (000 – the tiny ones) to largest (20- the big fat ones). Flat brushes are measured in inches.

A size 0 round brush will have a very fine point with very few bristles. You paint the very small stuff with this one. A collection of 3 or 4 quality brushes of different sizes should serve you well. A good beginner set might include one of two round brushes –  8 and 14. A 1/2″ and 1″ flat wash brush will round out your collection well.

If you really want to go basic, buy a no.8  round brush (natural hair or synthetic) and paint small. You’ll be able to get a feel for the brush and acquire some basic skills. If you still like watercolor painting after you have filled up you first pad of paper, you can buy a few more brushes – and of course another pad of paper.


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Sorting through the vast array or watercolor books for the beginner can be difficult when you don’t know what is good and what isn’t.

A few recommended books include:

Watercolor for the Serious Beginner by Mary Whyte
The Art of Watercolor, by Charles le Clair
Watercolor Basic, Let’s Get Started by Jack Reid

For the kid at heart, check out Watercolor for the Artistically Undiscovered by Thacher Hurd and John Cassidy. This Klutz book includes a paint set, brush and plenty of watercolor paper to experiment. Lot’s of fun!

You should be able to find these book on Amazon.com for around $10-$20. You can also check out your local library. It’s a great resource for those folks that would like to keep there investment small until they find out if they even like watercolor.

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by artist and teacher Betty Edwards is one of the most insightful books written on unlocking the artist within you.  

Betty Edwards puts forth that the left and right hemispheres of the brain manage information in very different ways. She explains in mental process of drawing, and then provides practical techniques for tapping into the less dominate right brain – the “right” side for drawing.

Basically, the ‘left brain’ is the logical, rational side that uses words and numbers, and develops concepts. In contrast, the right brain perceives and creates.

“The primary goal throughout this book is to transition from left-brain drawing, using a childhood symbol-system, to drawing what you really see.  The results of this approach, shown through many student drawings is dramatic.”The magical mystery of drawing ability seems to be, in part at least, an ability to make a shift in brain state to a different mode of seeing/perceiving. When you see in this way in which experienced artists see, then you can draw.”

“This is a marvelously fresh approach to drawing and will make people not only draw better but see better.” Professor Jerome Bruner

“…her application of the brain research findings to drawing conforms well with the available evidence and in many places reinforces and advances the right hemisphere story with new observations.” Professor Roger W. Sperry / California Institute of Technology

This book is a valuable resource for any art teacher.

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