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Kids school and holiday art clubs

Paint the Great Outdoors – course 2 day 2

In the second day of our Painting outdoors course with artist Matthew Krishanu we went from painting together on a grand scale….DSC_0051

to some more focussed drawing activities,  DSC_0004

with one continuous lineDSC_0006


and the hand we don’t normally draw with…DSC_0007

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…and some tiny watercolours.DSC_0021 DSC_0032 DSC_0034



Here we focussed on colour, skills for using watercolours and using a tiny brush.DSC_0130 DSC_0046 DSC_0048 DSC_0049

Millie worked with a group to transform leaves into creatures.DSC_0054


And sticks into play thingsDSC_0063 DSC_0069 DSC_0088

and ducks, DSC_0093 DSC_0094 DSC_0095

and people!DSC_0097 DSC_0110


Meanwhile Matthew worked with the others on some textile paining. We mixed oil pastel with watery acrylic paint.


Using tissues to dap away paint we revealed the oil pastel underneath.DSC_0060 DSC_0076 DSC_0080DSC_0083DSC_0084DSC_0085 DSC_0090 DSC_0099

They looked beautiful drying in the wind on our washing line!DSC_0101 DSC_0106 DSC_0112 DSC_0113

After lunch Matthew introduced more techniques for layering acrylics onto a canvas board.DSC_0123

We looked at more artists for inspiration…John Constable and Piet Mondrian.DSC_0129We used a drippy wash for a background

Layered more watery paint so the colours ran.DSC_0141 DSC_0147



Then added thicket paint on top.DSC_0162 DSC_0174

building up the layers as we went.DSC_0186

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Some pieces came from our imagination, some were more expressive.DSC_0169DSC_0170

And some were very closely observed from the gardens around us.DSC_0172DSC_0173DSC_0175DSC_0183 DSC_0187


DSC_0196As we finished we used our primed boards from yesterday to paint portraits of the surrounding trees


We pinned them to each tree.

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And in true South Park Gardens tradition we made some beautiful patterns on the pavements, using leaves and petals to inspire some rangoli style drawing.DSC_0177 DSC_0181


We then arranged all our work for our visitors to see. We were very proud of everything we had achieved.

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