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Kids school and holiday art clubs

Paint the Great Outdoors, course 2 – day 1

The second of our ‘Paint the Great Outdoors’ summer courses took place at South Park Gardens in Wimbledon. A beautiful little park full of wonderful stimuli for the children to work from.DSC_0008

As the children arrived they made a personalised portfolio case to hold their work.DSC_0005


We then unrolled a large piece of heavyweight drawing paper for a giant collaborative and exploratory piece to get us started.DSC_0010

Matthew demonstrated how to use charcoal in different ways as a base for a large scale painting.DSC_0013 DSC_0015

We made our own drawing implements from sticks and tape.DSC_0017 DSC_0019


And got started. We looked at trees, houses, benches and the other people in the park!DSC_0025 DSC_0034 DSC_0035

Some beautiful drawings emerged.DSC_0038 DSC_0039 DSC_0040 DSC_0041 DSC_0042

We enjoyed the properties of charcoal – using fingers and hands! Sorry about the black knees!DSC_0046 DSC_0049 DSC_0050

We then used brushes and water to work on top of the charcoal and see what effects we could achieve.DSC_0051 DSC_0054 DSC_0056 DSC_0058

After we layered the work further by adding paint – we kept the palette limited for now – only using black and white.DSC_0059 DSC_0063 DSC_0065 DSC_0068

It became quite a bold piece.DSC_0070 DSC_0071

We then worked individually using some of the skills we had just practiced.DSC_0077 DSC_0078 DSC_0079 DSC_0082

We then worked in 2 groups.

Artist and illustrator Millie Knight worked with leaves and watercolours to create a little sketch book experimenting with techniques

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The children foraged in the bushes for stimulus.
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Matthew worked with thick primer, found materials and acrylic paint to make some backgrounds for a painting we will complete tomorrow.

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We enjoyed making potions of paint mixed with sand, leaves and twigs…or anything we could find!DSC_0109 DSC_0116 DSC_0118 DSC_0133

They made amazing surfaces – ready to be painted on tomorrow.DSC_0134 DSC_0136 DSC_0137 DSC_0138

We were busy busy busy!DSC_0143 DSC_0159 DSC_0160

For the last part of the afternoon we enjoyed some quiet watercolour painting. We found our own special spot in the park with our friends  - chatted, painted and had a very relaxing time!DSC_0168 DSC_0170 DSC_0171 DSC_0173 DSC_0177 DSC_0180 DSC_0184

The paintings were lovely – we were starting to look very carefully as we had got to know our surroundings well!DSC_0190 DSC_0191 DSC_0192 DSC_0193 DSC_0197 DSC_0198 DSC_0203

A great variety of work – with some really strong styles!

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We ended the afternoon with a sharing session – we all looked at and commented on each others work.DSC_0218 DSC_0220 DSC_0221 DSC_0223


We hope you enjoyed the first day and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

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