Painting for Beginners - Elementary Level

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Teacher: Elizabeth
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Introduction

1 Introduction to the Course 04:26

This lesson is an introduction to the course. The course consists of 35 lessons and will cover color mixing, the use of shadow and light, still life painting, landscape painting, portraiture and abstract painting. The first 24 lesson will teach acrylic painting and the last 11 will teach watercolor painting. Most lessons will also incorporate art history where we will discuss artists such as Paul Cezanne, Vincent Van Gogh, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Seurat, Picasso and many more.

Acrylic

2 Materials 08:57

In this lesson I will go over all the materials needed to begin acrylic painting. I will start with the brand and colors of the paint, the brand and different sizes of canvases and the types of brushes we will be using. I will also discuss the type of paint palette, water container and important use of paper towels.

3 Color Mixing 31:28

In this lesson we will talk about primary colors and how you can create all colors using just red, blue and yellow.  We will begin by drawing a color wheel on a 10x10 canvas and then filling in our primary colors, complimentary colors and tertiary colors.  I will teach the children how to mix all the complimentary and tertiary colors by just using the primary colors. It is important to learn the basics of color mixing when painting so that you do not have to always just use paint right out of the tube.

4 Shadow and Light 27:17

In this lesson we will discuss the use of shadow and light on an object. We will do this by painting a red apple with acrylic paint and using its complement of green to mix the shadow and observe where the light is hitting our apple.

5 Cezanne Still Life (Part 1) 16:49

In this lesson we will look at several still life paintings of artist Paul Cezanne. I will talk about his painting style and speak briefly about Impressionism and what it is. I will set up a small still life consisting of a pear and peach. While observing our still life we will first sketch our fruit and then begin our painting. I will emphasize the use of brush strokes and how Cezanne did not always blend his paint to look smooth but kept the bold and colorful brush strokes visible in his paintings.  We will finish our painting in Part 2 of this lesson.

6 Cezanne Still Life (Part 2) 14:04

In this lesson we will review the work of artist Cezanne and finish our still-life painting.

7 Van Gogh Still Life (Part 1) 15:35

In this lesson we will talk about the artist Vincent Van Gogh. We will view several of his paintings with a concentration on his series of sunflower paintings. I will discuss how Van Gogh showed a lot of movement and texture in his paintings with his painting style. He used a lot of brush strokes and vibrant color. I will set up a still-life of sunflowers that we will observe as we create our painting. We will begin by creating a light sketch on our canvas and then begin to use our acrylic paints. We will complete our painting in Part 2 of this lesson.

8 Van Gogh Still Life (Part 2) 16:55

In this lesson we will review the work of artist Vincent Van Gogh and finish our sunflower still life painting.

9 Summer Landscape (Part 1) 17:34

We will ask the question, "What is a landscape?" I will talk about background, middle ground and foreground and which one you paint first. I will teach how you paint a summer sky with clouds and sun. How we can use the technique of stippling to create our clouds and even to create the leaves on our trees. We will begin by creating a light sketch on our 11x14 canvas and then begin our landscape painting which will be made up of a sunny blue sky, clouds, trees, grass and flowers. We will complete this painting in Part of this lesson.

10 Summer Landscape (Part 2) 17:52

We will review our last lesson and go over the different techniques that we used to create our sky, clouds, trees, grass and flowers. We will finish our summer landscape painting.

11 Winter Landscape (Part 1) 18:07

In this lesson we will create a winter landscape. We will review our last lesson of our summer landscape and talk about the differences in paint colors and vibrancy. We will also review how we will paint our background, middle ground and foreground. I will teach how to create snow with the use of a toothbrush and white acrylic paint.  We will complete this painting in Part 2 of this lesson.

12 Winter Landscape (Part 2) 28:56

In this lesson we will review our last lesson and go over the techniques that we used especially with creating the effect of snow. We will make any finishing touches and complete the painting.

13 Blue Dog Painting 29:14

In this lesson we will view the work of artist George Rodrigue who is famous for his "Blue Dog" paintings. We will discuss his painting technique and his use of repetition regarding subject matter. We will then begin to sketch our dog on a 11x14 canvas. Once our sketch is done, we will paint our own "Blue Dog."

14 Cat Portrait (Part 1) 16:39

We will view the cat paintings of artist Laurel Burch and discuss her use of vibrant color, pattern, line and repetition. We will begin by sketching our own cat inspired by the artist on an 11x14 canvas.  We will start the painting process which will be completed in Part 2 of our lesson.

15 Cat Portrait (Part 2) 13:52

We will review our last lesson and take another look at the work of artist Laurel Burch. We will finish our cat painting and review our use of color, pattern, line and repetition.

16 Abstract Painting (Part 1) 17:14

In this lesson I will talk about "abstract" painting and what it means.  We will view the work of artist Mondrian and talk about color and line. We will create a Mondrian inspired painting by using masking tape in a geometric design on our canvas.  We will begin the lesson by applying our tape to the canvas, choosing our colors and begin our painting process. Once our painting is complete, we will remove our tape and view our masterpiece!

17 Abstract Painting (Part 2) 14:07

We will review our last lesson and put the finishing touches on our abstract painting that was inspired by artist Mondrian.

18 Jackson Pollock Painting 17:50

In this lesson we will view the work of artist Jackson Pollock. We will review the usage of the word abstract and what it means. I will talk about Pollock's technique of dripping paint onto a canvas to create texture and movement in his artwork. We will create our own Jackson Pollock inspired painting using squeeze bottles' spoons and dripping paint from our brushes.

19 Seurat Painting (Part 1) 18:11

In this lesson we will view the work of artist Georges Seurat with a concentration on his painting, "Painting of Dolphin." I will talk about Seurat's style called pointillism and explain how points of color can come together and create the look of a shape or form. We will create our own dolphin/fish painting on an 11x14 canvas in the style of Seurat. We will finish our painting in Part 2 lesson of this lesson.

20 Seurat Painting (Part 2) 17:44

In this lesson we will take another look at the work of artist Georges Seurat and revisit his painting, "Painting of Dolphin." I will go over the meaning of pointillism and we will complete our paintings.

21 Picasso Self-Portrait (Part 1) 18:40

In this lesson we will view the work of artist Pablo Picasso with a focus on his portraits. We will talk about his use of asymmetry, line and shape. I will introduce Picasso's painting style of cubism. We will create a sketch of our self-portrait on an 11x14 canvas. We will begin applying our acrylic paint and complete our self- portrait in Part 2 of this lesson.

22 Picasso Self-Portrait (Part 2) 18:19

In this lesson we will take a second look at the portraits of Pablo Picasso. I will review what the term cubism means, and we will complete our self-portrait paintings.

23 Kandinsky Painting (Part 1) 17:25

In this lesson we will view the work of artist Wassily Kandinsky with a focus on his painting, "Squares with Concentric Circles."  I will talk about Kandinsky's use of color and review our primary, complementary and tertiary colors.  We will begin by creating a sketch showing the placement of our squares that will serve as a guideline for our painting. We will finish our painting in Part 2 of this lesson.

24 Kandinsky Painting (Part 2) 15:59

In this lesson we will review our previous lesson and talk about our use of color. We will take a second look at Kandinsky's painting, "Squares with Concentric Circle" and complete our painting.

Watercolor

25 Watercolor Materials Overview 08:06

In this lesson I will go over the materials needed for our watercolor lessons such as watercolor paper, brushes and paint brand and colors. I will also introduce some of the lessons and artists that we will learn about such as Henri Matisse, Claude Monet and Georgia O’Keefe. 

26 Watercolor Demo 12:44

In this lesson, we will talk about how to use our watercolor paints. I will do a quick demonstration that will involve the use of wax (crayons), salt and paper towels to achieve specific effects in our paintings. The crayons will resist our paint. The salt will absorb our paint and the paper towels will be used to create clouds and other special effects in our watercolor paintings. 

27 Under the Sea Watercolor (Part 1) 16:52

In this lesson we will be creating our own under the sea watercolor painting. We will begin by creating a crayon drawing consisting of seaweed, sand, octopus, starfish, jellyfish and any other sea creature your child may choose. We will begin the actual painting in Part 2 of this lesson. 

28 Under the Sea Watercolor (Part 2) 18:15

In this lesson, we will look at our “Under the Sea” drawings from our previous lesson. We will add any finishing touches necessary with our crayons. We will then begin our painting and watch how the wax from our crayons and water from our paints start to resist each other. We will then complete our painting.

29 Matisse Painting (Part 1) 15:52

In this lesson we will view the work of artist Henri Matisse with a focus on his painting "The Goldfish." We will talk about the bold and vibrant colors used by Matisse as well as his use of complementary colors. We will begin by sketching our fishbowl and goldfish on our canvas and then start painting the background. The painting will be completed in Part 2 of this lesson.

30 Matisse Painting (Part 2) 18:20

In this lesson we will review the previous lesson and take another look at the painting, "The Goldfish" by Henri Matisse. I will talk about our use of color and then we will complete our painting.

31 Monet Painting (Part 1) 16:28

In this lesson we will look at the work of artist Claude Monet with a focus on his painting, "The Sea at Pourville." I will talk about his use of color and light and we will look at his painting technique regarding the water, sky and clouds. We will create a sketch and begin our painting which will be completed in Part 2 of this lesson.

32 Monet Painting (Part 2) 17:08

In this lesson we will review our previous lesson and take another look at "The Sea at Pourville."  We will review Monet's use of color and light. We will then complete our painting.

33 Georgia O'Keefe Painting (Part 1) 16:49

In this lesson we will view the work of artist Georgia O'Keefe with a focus on her flower paintings. I will talk about how she painted the details of her flowers as well as her use of color and brushwork.  We will begin by sketching out our flower and start by painting the background. We will complete our painting in part of this lesson.

34 Georgia O'Keefe Painting (Part 2) 18:02

In this lesson we will look back at our previous lesson and take a second look at the flower paintings of Georgia O'Keefe. I will go over our use of color and brush strokes. We will complete our Georgia O'Keefe inspired painting. 

Review

35 Course Review 10:48

In this last lesson we will review some of our acrylic and watercolor lessons such as color mixing, creating texture, shadow and light and talk about our still-life paintings, portraits and landscapes.  I will review the meaning of impressionism, pointillism, abstract and cubism.  Lastly, we will look at all the paintings that we created during the course.

Course Overview

This course will teach the basics of painting with acrylics and watercolors. It consists of 35 lessons.  The first twenty-four lessons will concentrate on acrylic painting and the last eleven lessons will focus on watercolors. We will start by discussing the materials we need and how to use and take care of them. I will teach the basics of color mixing and how to create shadow and light in our paintings. The paintings will include still-life, landscape, abstract and portraiture as well as learning various painting techniques. I will incorporate art history in most lessons where we will view the work of artists such as Cezanne, Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Seurat, Picasso and many more.  The art history will serve as inspiration for some of our paintings. Each lesson should be completed in a relaxed and stress-free manner. I am here to teach and guide my students, but they are free to take creative license as well when completing each painting.

Course Goals:

Students will be able to understand the basics of Acrylic and Watercolor painting, as well as simple knowledge of art history.

Target Audience

The content is geared towards students who are in Elementary School (K-4) and do not need to have prior painting experience.

Course Requirements

Painting materials are required to participate in the lesson.

Course Includes

  • 10 hours of video
  • 35 Lessons
  • 17 Paintings

Course breakdown

24 Lessons of Acrylic Painting with concentration on the following styles/artists:

Still Life

Cezanne

Van Gogh

Animal Portrait Painting

George Rodrigue

Laurel Burch

Modern Painting

Mondrian

Jackson Pollock

Impressionism

Seurat

Abstract Painting

Picasso

Kandinsky

11 Lessons of Watercolor Painting with concentration on the following styles/artists:

Modern

Matisse

Impressionist Landscape

Monet

Abstract Flower Painting

Georgia O’Keefe

 

  • Teacher: Elizabeth
  • Areas of expertise: art/painting
  • Education: BA in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology MA in Art Education from The College of New Rochelle
  • Interests: Painting, drawing, reading, music, hiking and movies.
  • Skills: Acrylic, Watercolor and Oil Painting
  • Associations: NY State Licensed Art Teacher
  • Issues I care about: I always try to emphasize that art should be a therapeutic and relaxing experience especially when you are first exposed to painting or drawing as a young child. It should not be a forced or stressful experience but a relaxing and enjoyable one. I never want a child to be afraid of making a mistake or not doing it right. It should be a very freeing experience that they want to revisit time and time again.

I have been a teacher for the past 20 years, teaching preschool and early elementary age children art. I love seeing the excitement and creativity that young children have when they learn new information about the art world or even a new art technique. Its as if a new door of creativity has opened up for them.

Test Preparation Document

Test Preparation Document

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Keys Document

Digital Quizzes and Tests Answer Keys Document

Color Mixing Test Answer Sheet

These are the answers to the Color Mixing Test.

Winter Landscape Test Answer Sheet

These are the answers to the Winter Landscape test.

Seurat Painting Test Answer Sheet

These are the answers to the Seurat Painting Test.

Monet Painting Test Answer Sheet

These are the answers to the Monet Painting Test.

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