Does getting your child started with “real” paints seem overwhelming to you?
Are you worried about wasting time and money on something you're unsure about?
Do you feel unqualified to teach art because you are not an artist, or have never even picked up a paintbrush?
What do you think it takes to get started?
Maybe you imagine a long expensive list like this:
- A complete range of paint colors - 60$
- Multiple sizes of bushes - 50$
- Canvases - 15$
- Wood pallet - 6$
- An easel - 20$
- An apron - 10$
- Live painting classes – 225$
You don't need all that!!
All You Need to start is:
3 Colors and 1 Brush
The rest can already be found in your home!
High-quality paints and brush
Sure you could go to the dollar store and come out with acrylic paints that you can see through and a brush that will leave hairs in your child's painting, but if we're talking real paints we want quality right?
But what about all the other colors? You will actually be doing your child a favor by limiting their paints. How is that? Think about swimming, do you start your child off by throwing him into the deep end? Of course not! You start off in the shallow end until he builds up his skills enough to confidently conquer the deep end.
Painting is similar. Learning to paint is hard enough without complicating it with color theory before they even learn to use the medium. By limiting our paints to one warm color and one cool color we can focus on learning how to manipulate the medium to accurately represent value.
Value is the lightness or darkness of a color or hue, and the ability to represent value accurately will make or break a painting.
We need to understand value in order to create:
- Focal points to draw the eye
- The illusion of depth
- The three-dimensional illusion of form
Three colors, a paintbrush and everything else can already be found in your house.
So what is everything else?
Here's a list:
- An old plastic tablecloth to protect your table
- Old clothes to paint in
- A cup to rinse in
- A roll of paper towel for drying the brush
- Cardboard recyclables to use as canvases
- Wax paper to mix paints on
So what do you think? Seem quite so overwhelming now? Do you think there's much risk of wasting time or money with such a simple setup? But you're still not an artist? Don't worry I've got your back!
I've created a simple ebook for you called:
The minimum a homeschooler needs to start painting with acrylics.
A shopping list for which paints to get.
An intro to my teaching methods.
Three progressive lessons.
Three related progressive art challenges.
Directions for use with a CO-OP.
These are the three paintings I produced with three tubes of paint and one brush following my own challenges:
Just imagine what your child could do!
This post was inspired by Will Kemp at Willkempartschool.com and his post "How to choose a basic color palette for acrylic painting."