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    Art Week at Camp photoYour kids have been a delight this week!  It is so much fun to see them have those “light bulb moments” when something we’ve been teaching finally clicks.  We have talked and worked on so many important skills and theories with the hope that a strong background in skills and color theory will help them for years to come.

    Many have asked for information about the supplies we used, so I have put together this list.  If they would like to paint their paintings a second time at home, you can use parchment paper over their finished pieces to trace the pattern and transfer it to new watercolor paper with graphite paper.

    COLOR THEORY
    We have talked extensively throughout the week about color theory, color relationships and how colors work for and against each other.

    Please take the time to ask them about concepts such as intensity, value and temperature of color.  They should be able to tell you about Primary, Secondary and Tertiary colors and how to mix and name them.

    They should also be able to tell you about relationships like Complementary, Triad and Analogous groupings.

    We have talked all week about how to use these concepts when planning color for their artwork.

    PAINT
    Van Gogh tube watercolors were used exclusively for these projects.  They are a student grade so they are less expensive than true artist quality pigments and are available at Hobby Lobby or through Dick Blick and others online.  Colors used were

    • Hookers Green Deep,
    • Permanent Green,
    • Azo Yellow Light,
    • Azo Yellow Medium,
    • Azo Yellow Deep,
    • Lemon,
    • Yellow Ochre,
    • Raw Sienna,
    • Burnt Sienna,
    • Burnt Umber,
    • Cadmium Red Light,
    • Cadmium Red Deep,
    • Quinacrodone Rose,
    • Cobalt Blue,
    • Ultramarine Blue and, occasionally,
    • Payne’s Grey.

    BRUSHES
    The kids have been learning about the cost of brushes and the need to take care of them all week.  They have been responsible for taking appropriate care of the brushes loaned to them and I think they’ve done a great job.

    When you buy brushes for them, look for brushes recommended for use with watercolors.  Golden Taklon and soft white Nylon brushes both work well and, because they go on sale regularly at local craft stores, are fairly reasonable.  If you can afford soft natural hair like red sable, they are the pinnacle of brushes but definitely not needed for this age group.  Do not buy hard, bristle or hog hair brushes.  They are not appropriate for watercolor.

    I would suggest:

    • a 1” flat brush,
    • a ½” flat,
    • a large round brush, maybe size 12 to 20,
    • a smaller round size 4 – 6 and
    • a liner brush for details.

    Remind them that if the brush has a wooden handle it cannot be left in water for long periods of time or it will ruin the brush.  Brushes need to be rinsed well when not in use and occasionally cleaned with mild soap and water.  Brushes, when treated with respect, can last a long time with watercolors.

    PAPER
    This week we have used 11” X 15”, 140# watercolor paper.  Windsor Newton, Canson and Strathmore all make this paper and it is often available with discounts at craft and online art stores.  Any paper less than 140# will cause lots of problems and will be very frustrating for them to use.  Also, there is no need to go to the expense of heavier papers at this point.

    We have had as much fun as your kids this week, I’m sure, and we appreciate you loaning them to us!  We have found a little bit of buried treasure in each one of them and we hope you’ll loan them to us again for a week or two next year!  See you then.

    By Beth Stodieck

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