Hand Prints with School Paints

Hand Printing Prints:
LEVEL: Pre-school and very Early Primary.

Colourful painted hands. This has to be one the most popular art projects for kids and it is also a great keepsake for parents and grandparents.   
Hand Prints with School Painting
Make it fun
 You will need:
: Sheet of Paper
: Tempera Poster Paint
: Little Hands
: Shallow trays
: Plastic table top or cover a table with a plastic sheet.
: Apron and a cover sheet or newspapers – plus paper towels.

Let’s get started:
This can get messy if you don’t have a bowl of water and paper towels prepared before you begin. 

Put on the apron and prepare a surface area.
Write the child’s name on the back of the paper before you begin

Pour paint into the shallow trays have one per colour.
There are two ways to get the paint on to the hands. 

1.       Slowly dip the palm of the hands into the trays. 
2.       You paint the hands yourself with a brush.
hand prints

Sometimes the dipping option can get too messy with drips and will give a sloppy looking print.  The brush option will give you more control and a far better print.
Once you have a good few hand prints you can wash the hands in the water and dry them before trying another colour.

Another option is to use a black marker to add eyes, ears, legs and a mouth.  

Allow to try
TIPS:  
-          Cleaning as you go is a good idea
-          Have paper towels ready.
-          Often less is more. 
-          Stick to nice bold colours.

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Tony Parker
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Artist painting tip about colour

COLOUR
by Ron Gribble

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Lets look at colour.

There is so much that can be said about it. We all know what colour is, but how do we mix it? How do we control it?

How do you decide what colour you want, and where?
How do we use complimentary colours?

Artist painting tip about colour ron gribble

After a demonstration that I did at the Downtown Hilton Art Gallery once, a chap said to me that he had observed that I spent 80% of my time mixing colours!!! That leaves only 20% for all the other things!! It seems to me that we should be devoting a similar proportion of time in research and practice for this activity.

I suggest that everyone should have a simple colour wheel beside their easel!! Go down to the hardware shop and pick one up. The colour wheel is very basic knowledge you could say. You left that behind at school, right?

Then why is it that I see a very bad lack of the use of the colour wheel in paintings?

Maybe, like me you did not fully realise the many ways that you can use complimentary colours to advantage in even insignificant areas of your work.

E.G. If you had an area of green grass that made up an area of detail in a painting. If you wanted to make this area have life and appeal, take the colour wheel and look at what is the direct compliment to the green. Depending on the shade of grass, it will be a warm brown.

Place that on first, and let it dry. I use an acrylic. Now paint the green grass over the top, allowing the under painting to show through. Even an insignificant mid ground area can be made interesting and creatively correct.

Some of the paint and Hardware shops have colour wheels with many subtle variations, so that you can find the colour wheel that best matches the colour you are using, and then look for it's compliment.

One more thing. Try not using black, but use the compliment of the colour you are placing in that area, as explained above instead. Deep purples, blues, crimsons, browns are far more fun and are not dead like black.

Think about it, black is the absence of all colour, it is not a colour, and should be used very sparingly. If nothing else will do, then go for it, but I seldom have had that situation. Black will dirty a colour, but if you want to darken it, you do not necessarily want to dirty it.

More on colour next month. We will discuss how to make a colour as dark as black, without making it an unreal, strong colour.

Happy Painting
Ron Gribble
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Artist Paint Application and Personal Flair

Application & Personality:
By Ron Gribble

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If you cannot do more than a photograph, then why take a photograph in the first place and save yourself a lot of time and agony!


This is to a large degree my personal opinion, but it is also the opinion of many top art judges who allocate points to what they call "application" and "flair".

In brief, how was the Paint or other medium applied? With confidence? Accurately but boldly? Can we see the artist's personality in the way he applies the medium? Does this application contribute to the over-all mood of the work?
Lets look at a portrait for example. Is it rendered with brush strokes that are bold and angular to depict movement, or youth, or vertical and horizontal to depict a more conservative subject?

I often see work that is very well done, but too photographic. The artist has used too little personal flair. This is a real problem when painting a portrait of a person or animal, that has to be absolutely accurate. Try one or all of the following;

After you have achieved the likeness needed, go back over the work and "loosen it up".

That is, stroke in big and bold impasto strokes in places to take away the fiddly little brush details. Cover small brush strokes with larger ones, medium strokes with bigger and big strokes with even bigger ones. Take care, because there are places that you will just have to leave fiddly to retain the likeness, as in the eyes for example.

Soften up an area or two so that the main subject blends with the background. Take detail out of the areas that are not of immediate interest, such as towards the corners.    I have used a portrait as an example, but the same thing applies to everything, including landscapes.

Happy Painting 
Ron Gribble
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String Painting Art with School Paints

String Painting Art with School Paints

LEVEL: Pre-school and Primary.

This is a fun and simple way for kids’ to make colourful pictures. Every painting is completely unique and there is very little involved in the setup.  Lots of fun…

There are two ways to do this see here for the other option.

String Painting Art with School Paints
You will need:
: Tempera Paint  & Paint brush
: String cut in about 30cm (12”) lengths.
: Shallow Plates or trays
: Paper
: Apron and a cover sheet or newspapers – plus paper towels.

Let’s get started:
Cover the table with newspaper.

Pour a little Tempera paint into the shallow trays. One colour only per tray.
Dip the string into the Tempera Paint, leaving one end unpainted to hold on to.  

Use your paint brush to push the string into the paint making sure it is well covered.
Use your paint brush to push the string into the paint making sure it is well covered.

Lift the string and place it on your paper. Use the brush if you need to you need help position it without the brush touching the paper.
Gently lift the string up and down, pull the string up, down and all around and then pull it off the paper.

Allow to dry.

TIPS:  
-  Cotton is better than plastic string.
-   See another way to string paint.
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Tony Parker
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Another way to String paint

Under Painting Artist Lesson

UNDER-PAINTING:
by Rob Gribble


Under Painting Artist Lesson Ron Gribble

I first prepared the board by applying an acrylic, warm, mid tone colour to cover the white board. This is a lot more helpful than the dead plain white of the canvas. Light is warm, so whatever I am painting, this warm colour will not fight against my efforts.

Once this is dry, apply what I call the TINT COLOUR. These pigments will be used in variations, throughout the painting.

THESE PIGMENTS ARE ULTRAMARINE BLUE, ALIZARINE CRIMSON, COERULEUM BLUE. (There are many spellings of this pigment).

I mixed these first in acrylic, as this will dry quickly, and be more stable as an under-painting. The patterns of colour that you will see (page 3) are random. I did allow the tint to be thicker where I intend to place the bluff and details however.

I am going to attempt to work through a complete painting from start to finish.  I suggest that you read this whole demonstration through several times before you attempt to paint it on a 16x20 canvas panel.
Now, the next step is to look at my Acrylic Paint set up.

Happy painting,
Ron Gribble
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Vegetable Prints school painting

Vegetable Prints using tempera poster paint:

LEVEL: Pre-school and Primary.
Use vegetables to create exciting prints on paper. Make fun random prints or combine them to create interesting images. Lots of fun…
vegetable prints with school paints
vegetable prints for kids
You will need:
: Newspaper
: Sharpe Knife for teachers only to use.
: Raw vegetables like potatoes, carrots and corn on the cob.
: Tempera Poster Paint
: Shallow Plates or trays
: Paper
: Apron and a cover sheet or newspapers – plus paper towels.


Let’s get started:
Cover the table with newspaper.

Teachers only: Use the knife to cut the vegetables with a flat surface showing. Try to make basic shapes like squares, stars or sometimes just cut the vegetables in half is interesting…
Pour a thick layer of paint into a shallow tray or plate. Better to keep it as one colour per tray and one colour per vegetable shape.

Dip the flat side of the vegetables in the paint
Press the painted side of the vegetables onto the paper for vegetable prints.

Allow to dry.
TIPS:  
-          Try using a felt pen to add eyes, arms and legs.
-          Try celery or broccoli for trees.
-          Keep sharp cutting tools away from children.

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Tony Parker

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Bubble Painting with school paints

School painting: Bubble Paint

LEVEL: Pre-school and very Early Primary.

Kids love bubble painting.  It is so much fun and every one creates something different and unique. Key tip is to blow not suck through the straw.
Bubble Painting with school paints
Bubble Painting with school paints
You will need:
: Paper
: Tempera Poster Paint
: Water
: Washing-up Liquid
: Spoon
: Straws
: Shallow trays
: Plastic table top or you can cover a table with a plastic sheet.
: Apron and a cover sheet or newspapers – plus paper towels.


Let’s get started:
Before you start make sure that children understand they are to blow in the straw no sucking.

Mix together the paint and some washing up liquid. Whisk it up to make it frothy.
Start to add some water until it is the right consistency to blow bubbles.
Spoon the frothy watery paint in the shallow tray.

Using a straw, blow into the bubble mixture until there are bubbles formed that are slightly higher than the shallow tray.
Quickly place a piece of paper over the tray and bubbles.

When you remove the paper, there will be colourful designs that the bubbles have made
You will need to have one tray per colour.

Allow to dry.
TIPS:  
-          Gentle blowing makes the best designs.
-          Tempera paint is better than food dye because it won’t stain clothes
-          Make sure the paint is runny enough for bubbles.

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Tony Parker
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School Paints Handprint fabric prints

Handprint fabric prints on t-shirts:

LEVEL: Pre-school and Early Primary.

This activity is always popular as a meaningful take home artwork for kids to give to their parents and grandparents.  They can be t-shirts, hats, towels or even pillow covers.
school painting hand prints

You will need:
: A solid colour cotton fabric to paint on.  More basic the better.
: A permanent fabric ink or paint.  FAS Fastex textile ink is ideal.
: Plastic table top or you can cover a table with a plastic sheet.
: Paint brushes or sponges and shallow trays
: Have plenty of water and old towels for a quick clean up.
: Apron and a cover sheet or newspapers – plus paper towels.
Let’s get started:

Before you start be sure that children and clothing is well protected as this type of product is designed to stain clothing permanently.
Pour a small amount of the fabric ink/paint into a shallow bowl or paper plate. Solid single bright colours are better than mixed colours.  Colours can very quickly turn into a messy muddy puddle.

There are two popular ways to paint.  One is let the children rub and move their hands around in the fabric ink/paint.  Being careful not to be too overdone and drippy and wet when transferring to the fabric. Another option is to sponge on the fabric ink/paint directly onto the hands and feet.
Be ready with paper towels to clean between colours.

Allow to dry.
Most quality fabric ink requires heat setting.  This means once dry, turn the painted fabric over and iron the other side of the fabric at a good hot setting suitable to that fabric.  This melts the ink into the fabric.

Painted handprints can also be placed on art paper, construction paper or canvas. These forms of memorabilia can make great keepsakes for parents or the classroom year book.
TIPS:  
-          Watch the video below.
-          Be ready with paper towels to clean as you go. It will get messy.
-          Use solid colour and light colour fabric.
-          Mixing colours gets messy.
-          Do a test run on card or paper first.
-          Don’t use a tempera paint and dyes they will come out in the wash.
-          Use a dedicated fabric ink.  Needing to be heat-set is a sign of a lasting permanent ink.

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Tony Parker
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