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!

Here’s an awesome app app for your kids to explore the world of art with real Disney artists!

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“Turn your iPad into an artist’s studio with Disney Creativity Studio. Let real Disney artists teach you how to draw your favorite Disney characters. An easy to use and intuitive instructional guide will help you perfect your skills to create amazing artwork that you’ll love to show off to your friends and family. Engaging activities like Tracing, Connect the Dots, Coloring and more provide hours of fun.”

Download Disney Creativity Studio

 

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Here’s a project for preschool or lower elementary that will provide loads of fun and great success. It’s a great opportunity to talk to students about basic shapes, and then ask them to identify those shapes within this piece of art.

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Get Armadillo Painting Lesson on ArtProjectsforKids.org

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Do you love that old-fashioned rootbeer frosty mug taste? Enjoy a rootbeer with your kids while coloring one the following free coloring pages. If you’d like a rootbeer float instead, I’ve also included links to some super yummy rootbeer float recipes.

Print Rootbeer Barrel | Free Coloring Page

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Print Frosty Mug of Rootbeer | Free Coloring Page

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12 Rootbeer Float Recipes
Beginning with the classic float, here are some tasty treats that are sure to get your kids praising your name.

“Classic” Black Cow Rootbeer Float
Brown Cow Rootbeer Float
Marble Fudge Zinger™ Rootbeer Float
Pistachio Fudge Dazzler™ Rootbeer Float
Pirate Booty™ Rootbeer Float
Butterfinger® Brownie Blast™ Rootbeer Float
Licorice Lips™ Rootbeer Float
Oreo Cookie Crumble™ Rootbeer Float
Flower Pot™ Rootbeer Float
Marshmallow Madness™ Rootbeer Float
Red Velvet Brownie™ Rootbeer Float
S’mores Rootbeer Float

Interested in learning how to get started with watercolor, but don’t know where to start?

This guide will help you:

1) Select the right supplies to get started

2) Offer tips on how to hold a watercolor paint brush

3) Direct you to easy watercolor tutorials

4) Point you to worksheets that will drill your knowledge

5) Offer a few links to videos that will inspire!

1) Supplies
Getting started with watercolor is easy, and can be quite inexpensive. Here’s a list that should prove helpful.

Watercolor Paint Box
Invest in an inexpensive set of pan watercolors. Just stay away from the ultra-cheap Wal-Mart sets. The color will be less than satisfying.

Watercolor Paper
Watercolor paper is heavier than computer paper so that it can take a soaking. You can buy cheap paper, though make sure it’s 140lb. weight, so that it will stay fairly flat when it’s wet.

Watercolor Paint Brush
Your watercolor set may come with a paint brush. If not, a synthetic hair No. 8 round brush is a good brush to get started with. The biggest part of your budget ($5-$10) should be devoted to your brush.

Watercolor Pallet
A paper plate covered with plastic wrap will provide a great pallet on which to mix colors.

How to How a Watercolor Paint Brush
There are several ways to hold a watercolor paint brush. These are the two most common grips.

The Classic Grip (Click to Read More and/or See Pictures)
This grip is the most common grip, offering the most control over the brush.

“The classic grip for a watercolor paint brush is similar to holding a pencil…”

The Splatter Grip (Click to Read More and/or See Pictures)
This grip is ideal for adding a splatter effect to your artwork.

“The splatter grip requires you to grasp the middle of the brush…”

Watercolor Projects
The following projects are ideal for beginners. The first few lessons are easy step-by-step tutorials on how to paint excerpts from masterpiece art. The projects that follow will appeal to your silly side.

Degas Ballerina
This watercolor lesson introduces the art of French Impressionist artist Edgar Degas (1834-1917). This lesson provides kids with an opportunity to experiment with dry brush technique.

The Singing Fish (Miro)
This watercolor lesson introduces the art of Spanish painter and sculptor Joan Miro (1893 -1983). Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll paint an excerpt from his “The Singing Fish.”

Sunflower (Van Gogh)
This watercolor lesson introduces the art of Dutch Post-Impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll paint an excerpt from his “Still Life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers.”

Mondrian Watercolor Painting
This watercolor lesson introduces the art of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian (1872-1944). This project challanges student to recreate his geometric art with a black crayon and three primary colored paints.

Three Musicians (Picasso)
This watercolor lesson introduces the art of Spanish Modern artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). Following a step-by-step approach, you’ll paint an excerpt from his cubist masterpiece “Three Musicians (1905).”

How to Draw a Dog
In this watercolor lesson you will paint a dog.

The Little Engine That Could | “Learn to Watercolor” Project
In this watercolor lesson you will paint the cartoon steam engine, The Little Engine that Could.

“Make a Wish” Fairy | “Learn to Watercolor” Project
In this watercolor lesson you will paint a fairy.

How to Paint a Clown Fish
In this watercolor lesson you will paint a school of clown fish and then outline the fish with black marker.

Monkey Loves Banana | “Learn to Watercolor” Project
In this watercolor lesson you will paint a monkey holding a banana.

Happy Kindergartener | “Learn to Watercolor” Project
In this watercolor lesson you will paint simply drawn child. It is by the the easiest lesson to complete.

Retro Robot | “Learn to Watercolor” Project
In this watercolor lesson you will paint retro-style robot, complete with colored lights.

Free Watercolor Worksheets
Print these watercolor worksheets to improve your skills.

Watercolor Terms | Word Search Worksheet
Drill 12 watercolor terms with the first free printable word search worksheet.

Art Worksheet: Painting Reflections in Watercolor
Learn how to paint the reflection of a lighthouse in the water.

Inspiring Tutorial/Demonstration Videos by Watercolor Artists

Fabio Cembrenelli | Demo IV
Tiffanny Varga Watercolor Tutorial, Part 1
Watercolor Tutorial Lesson Village Landscape

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Interested in a free coloring page of an art masterpiece to supplement your next art lesson? Here is a list of 11 coloring pages that your can use with your students. Not only are they wonderful resources with which to expose students to great art, but to allow students to see how the artist used color to lead the viewers eye to certain areas of the work.

Free Coloring Pages

Composition with Blue, Red and Yellow by Piet Mondrian | Free Coloring Page

Three Musicians by Pablo Picasso | Free Coloring Page

Girl with a Watering Can by Pierre-August Renoir

Woman with a Hat by Henri Matisse | Free Coloring Page

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by George Seurat | Free Coloring Page

Picasso Self Portrait (1907) by Pablo Picasso | Free Coloring Page

The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh | Free Coloring Page

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Jan Vermeer | Free Coloring Page

Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci | Free Coloring Page

Lobster Trap by Alexander Calder | Free Coloring Page

The Dance Class by Edgar Degas

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Looking for a fun art/craft project for your kids? Soap sculpture is great way to introduce sculpting to kids. The material is easy to work with, and requires no special tools.

What you’ll need:
Ivory Soap (Bar)
Butter Knife
Tooth Pick

That’s it!

Goldfish Soap Sculpture | Free Lesson Plan
An easy first project is a goldfish. This project can be completed in about in 45 minutes. Get the lesson plan by clicking on the link.

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Bear Soap Sculpture
This project in most suited for students with intermediate level drawing skills. This project can be completed in about in 45 minutes.

1) Beginning by drawing the bear lightly on the soap.

2) Next begin removing the soap around the bear with your butter knife.

3) Finally, shape the features of the bear with your toothpick.

Turtle Soap Sculpture
Here’s another projects for students with with intermediate level drawing skills. This project can be completed in about in one hour.

1) Beginning by drawing the shell of the turtle lightly on the top of the soap. Then draw the bottom of the turtle on the bottom of the soap.

2) Next begin removing the soap around the turtle with your butter knife.

3) Finally, shape the features of the turtle with your toothpick.

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