Sunday, May 19, 2019

Spring Floral Bouquets

More flowers! 

This time, we painted little bouquets of flowers in the style of French Impressionist Berthe Morisot, a 19th century contemporary of Claude Monet and Mary Cassatt. Our goal for this painting was to paint in a new way using thick, rich colors. 

To do this, we broke 3 common painting rules:

1) Draw your composition first. Instead we blocked in the basic shapes with black paint on a brush.
2) Use water to thin your colors and clean your brushes. We used NO water at all.
3) Blend colors on a palette. We blended tints and colors right on our painting, and we cleaned our brushes on a table mat.

The modern expressionist/abstract artist Paul Klee once said, "The painter should not paint what he sees, but what will be seen."

Our goal was to paint our impression of floral subject, not the actual subject itself. We were not looking for a photographic duplication. 

We would instead translate the shapes, forms, light, and colors into a piece of artwork that is simple, colorful, personal, and enjoyable for others to look at.

My sample and two demos >

I think the kids succeeded beautifully; and most of them seemed to enjoy breaking the rules too - which is an artist's privilege.

Our thanks to Painted Paper Art for this exciting art project idea! 

Project notes: We used liquid tempera paint on sulphite construction paper with one round and one flat brush to create these paintings. The completed 11" x 11" paintings are mounted on 12" x 12" black sulphite construction paper.

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