Recently I had an inspiring outing. I went to Philadelphia to see the Cezanne and Beyond Exhibit. This is the time of year that everyone should take time to be inspired by nature. I suggest taking some time to show your kids some art by Cezanne and other landscape painters. The Montclair Art Museum has a great collection by Montclair’s own, George Innes. Then plan an outing to your favorite park. I think Verona Park would be great!
Here’s what you need to bring:
1. Heavy cardboard
3. Oil pastels
5. Colored pencils
7. Snacks and drinks ( we don’t want cranky kids!)
Here’s what to do:
- Go and find a nice place to sit, where you have a great view of some trees, shrubs or flowers.
- Set up your outdoor workspace by sitting down, placing the cardboard on your knees, and laying the paper on top of that.
- Look at what you are going to draw, discuss with your children all the shapes you see. Talk about all the different shades of greens in the landscape and blues in the sky,
- Remind them that is just the impression of what they see.
- The sky truly is the limit and the only rule is to have fun!
- Once they have finished one picture,encourage them to draw another, and another, and another!
- Don’t forget to sign, date and label your work
Some helpful hints for traveling to the park with art supplies:
1. A fish tackle box is great for supplies.
2. Days of the week pillboxes make great traveling containers for paint.
3. Collapsable cups are perfect for water to rinse out brushes
4. Have wipes on hand for dirty hands!
Post by Nancy Breslin
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