In this lesson, I have tried to keep the colors bright. So where colors are in layers they are in harmony with the layers below.
I made this worksheet as a handout to give my art students so they could take it home and practice painting on their own. This can be used in homeschool, classrooms and at home. This worksheet can be an extra time activity or a stand alone lesson.
FIRST A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT:
To learn how to paint takes practice and time. Do not give up if your work does not turn out the way you want it to look. Frustration is a good sign. It shows that someone has the gift of art and that you have to get your skills up to the level of your talent, so paint and draw everyday and soon you will be making beautiful pictures. I have a lot of painting projects and am adding more each week so come back and try some more.
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Start by tracing the design onto 140 lb watercolor paper. If the paper is too heavy to see through just hold it against a window with the light shining trough and you should be able to trace it.
Do the sky in sections. With a small brush wet each section and drop in watery blue. Add a little violet to the upper sky and around the leaves. Let it flow and blend but not completely so there is movement and interest in the sky.
NOW LET THIS STEP DRY
Wet each leaf and drop in a little yellow and green. For the leaves behind other leaves use only green. Use red and brown to paint the branches. (We will go over the branches again later to make them darker.)
Use watery orange on the bird's tummy followed with a little red around the edge blend it along the edge with your brush.
The brown feathers take two steps. Use a light brown and black mixture that is more brown than black and give the feathers a watery wash so it is pale.
AFTER IT IS DRY use the tip of a small brush and use an almost dry mixture to DRAW the lines of the feathers. Mix mostly black brown for the head.
Use yellow for legs and beak.
Add another layer of brown and blue-black to the branches.
If the line for the beak is too small to use a paint brush on then use a pencil after it is dry.
Mix darker colors as needed and use the tip of the brush to add lines in the leaves.
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