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Kids school and holiday art clubs

Painting the Great Outdoors: Course 2 – Day 2

If you have been following the progress of our summer outdoor painting courses led by painter Matthew Krishanu take a look at the final day of our second course below.

To see course two, day one click here 

To see course one,  day one click here

To see course one, day two click here

We began the morning with some drawing exercises. The children were very focussed and were encouraged to look closely at their surroundings by drawing with one continuous line and with the hand they don’t normally draw with.


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We then did some large scale charcoal studies using both edges of a charcoal stick and kneedable putty rubbers to draw into smudged charcoal.DSC_0040 DSC_0041

We then foraged for sticks once more and used them to make our own large scale drawing implements.DSC_0043 DSC_0054 DSC_0056 DSC_0060

We then used yesterday’s large collaborative painting to draw into, experimenting with layers and mark making.DSC_0062 DSC_0063

The larger implements made us use our bodies more to make drawings.DSC_0066 DSC_0068 DSC_0070 DSC_0076 DSC_0080 DSC_0082

Different implements made us experiment in new ways.DSC_0084 DSC_0085 DSC_0087 DSC_0088 DSC_0089 DSC_0090

Matthew then taught us techniques for working on calico with oil pastel and watered down acrylic paint.

Dabbing off the paint where the oil pastel had been, created new effects.DSC_0099

We then made our own painted calico squares with a decorative border.DSC_0101 DSC_0108 DSC_0109 DSC_0110 DSC_0115 DSC_0119 DSC_0121 DSC_0126DSC_0139 DSC_0147 DSC_0142


As we finished we began to work on a larger collaborative calico square.

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Oops…that might have been why we got so messy!DSC_0231

After lunch we were each given a canvas board. We were encouraged to use all the techniques learnt to make a final painting using our surroundings and imaginations for inspiration.

You an see how the works built up over the afternoon


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Here you can see experimentation with drippy paint and mixing grass into the paint.DSC_0185 DSC_0206

The children sat in small groups chatting and painting. They seemed very relaxed and happy.DSC_0159



Experimenting with different brushes and washes.

Great layeringDSC_0180 DSC_0191


Building up of a background to build layers on top.DSC_0164





Working in with pencil, charcoal or oil pastel.DSC_0182 DSC_0176 DSC_0178 DSC_0186 DSC_0198DSC_0189

DSC_0170As a finishing exercise children were encouraged to paint a portrait of a tree, then display it in situ, pinned to the tree they looked at.

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They also collected pieces of bark and made little painted sculptures using the shape of the bark as a starting point.DSC_0152 DSC_0204 DSC_0224 DSC_0221


We ended the afternoon in a final discussion with Matthew about the work we produced.


We hope the children had lots of time to experiment, learnt new skills and had fun in a relaxing un-pressured environment. Please let us know what you thought!DSC_0236



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