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Painting the Great Outdoors: Day One

In day one of our summer painting course with artist Matthew Krishanu we had great fun learning skills for painting out of doors.

We set up camp in our local park South Park GardensDSC_0059 DSC_0060

We started by thinking about painting tools, and what we could forage to make our own.


We looked at the different marks found objects could make in paint.DSC_0071

We  foraged for natural objects that we could make into our own painting tools.DSC_0080


Then set to work making them – they became little sculptures all of their own.

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We then made a collaborative painting on large sheets of heavyweight fabriano paper rolls

We flicked, dragged and scratched with gloopy and runny paint.

Look at the beautiful effects we came up with.

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The painting tools looked even more beautiful smeared with acrylic paint!DSC_0153 DSC_0155 DSC_0158

We then learnt how to prime a board using primer mixed with found materials, paint and sand to create a textured ground for our painting. We used cut up cardboard boxes as our surface cut to different scales.DSC_0170 DSC_0181 DSC_0185 DSC_0188 DSC_0191

Here bits of twig and grass were mixed into the primer.DSC_0198 DSC_0199

We left our primed boards to dry over lunch ready to create a final piece.DSC_0200 DSC_0202 DSC_0209

Can you tell how much fun we were having!DSC_0211

After lunch Matthew showed us lots of artists’ work like Anselm Kiefer and Tal R. He also showed us  different techniques from mixing to layering and adding different media like oil pastels.


We then chose our paints and went off into the park to paint onto our prepared ground.


We drew onto the surface with pencilDSC_0243 DSC_0248

The sand mixed into the primer gave a lovely texture to this tree trunk.DSC_0249 DSC_0255

We used viewfinders to select a scene to focus onDSC_0262 DSC_0269 DSC_0280

Some beautiful paintings were made – we were very proud of ourselves.DSC_0286 DSC_0287 DSC_0289 DSC_0290 DSC_0294 DSC_0295 DSC_0296 DSC_0298 DSC_0310 DSC_0316

We worked together and separately DSC_0318 DSC_0326

Even the helicopter that flew overhead was captured in this masterpiece.

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Can you see the grass mixed into the primer showing through the green paint?

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In the final hour we concentrated on some quick exercises to use up all our paint!

Using dripping paint and painting the sky! DSC_0345 DSC_0346 DSC_0354 DSC_0355 DSC_0358 DSC_0362 DSC_0367 DSC_0368

We did a final show and tell and discussed our work as a group.DSC_0371 DSC_0376 DSC_0379 DSC_0386

Click here to see what happened on day 2

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