Children should learn to blend acrylic paints after they had their first lesson to paint flat with acrylic to create a landscape. So here is an art lesson on blending acrylic paints for children above 7 years of age.
Take an easy landscape to paint. You can draw some undulating land, houses, trees, a road, mountains and might be some clouds in the sky.
Here are some artists who will inspire you to paint simple colorful landscapes.
Our first artist is Gillian Mowbray. She chooses to paint beautiful views of undulating countryside. She brings depth in her pictures by blending acrylic paints within boundaries.
Her paintings include warm and cool colors equally in her paintings bringing a beautiful balance to her pictures. The colors are bright and striking and she uses a lot of perspective and shadow to give her paintings a realistic look.
Almost all her paintings have a meandering road which adds to the billowing effect of the hills.
Our next artist is Marina Rey. Her paintings too are simple but she uses a different palette of colors. The soothing colors of orange and green or pink and green give a unique look to her paintings. She easily blends completely different families of colors.
Cathy Horvath Buchanan paints the landscape with a difference. Many a time, her landscapes include water reflections and this is an interesting and important art lesson for children, i.e, to paint reflections. Her night skies with the big moon and stars are painted with happy bright colors.
Paint Acrylic Landscape
Start with a simple landscape. Draw some houses, trees, and mountains.
Here we will discuss two ways to blend colors.
The easiest way to blend colors is wet-on-dry technique. Let the children paint the first layer of flat colors. Since acrylic is opaque, they can choose to take any shades to paint but preferably the darker shade should be taken first. Then use the lighter shade to highlight areas and slowly blend the colors on the dark color with a dry brush. When the brush picks up color, clear the brush and make it dry using a tissue paper.
Watch this video on different techniques of blending acrylic paints.
The next way to blend acrylic paints that children should try is wet-on-wet. Here the two colors are painted side by side and slowly one color is merged into the other by using a brush. Again it is important to remove the excess paint from the brush.
When the colors blend properly, we will not see the clear line where the two colours meet.
What can you learn from these artists?
- Use any colour to merge with one another. Beautiful warm and cool colours should be part of landscape painting/
- Make winding roads. It is interesting to draw roads that twist and wind through the hills. It is one of the things that children find difficult to draw.
- The white houses and roads give a feeling of a bright sunny day. White plays an important role in a painting and creates a balance.
- Think of the angle of the light source and apply shadow to the objects accordingly.
- Merge colours within every area. Whether they are shades of the same colour or different colours altogether, they need to be perfectly blended.
- Use different strokes of brushes to blend. It can be vertical strokes of the brush, horizontal, circular strokes or random strokes.
- Build the sense of colours. Use more cool colours at the far end of the painting. Use bright warm colours in the foreground.
- The depth of the picture is created by the gradation of colors.
- Outlining paintings is important. So outline the entire picture after painting.
Art Material needed
Here we have used acrylic paints and canvas sheet, size A5. An acrylic black marker has been used to outline the picture.
After you have enjoyed painting the countryside, paint a cityscape in the style of James Rizzi.