These pictures, below, are for their licenses. Licenses, you ask?? Well, they are obviously too young for a driver's license, so... They will each have an Artistic License! (Or a Creative License. I'm still trying to decide which name I prefer. Which do you think is the better choice?) I've done a version of this before, but it was before I retired, and thus needs a DragonWing Arts update.
"Matisse meets the Jungle - Bright Colors & Wild Beasts!" Ironically, I've discovered that usually the parents haven't mentioned what the theme is at all. The kids are happy to make absolutely anything! But we are going to be doing a version of the "Fauve Fauve" project I posted about a few years ago, with some major variations, plus we are going to build papier-mache wild beasts, and much more, depending on time. The 8 classes will go by really fast!
For our warm-up project, we used animal skin patterns or scales as a loose inspiration, and used a variation on a favorite unusual use of a common material. You've read about us using pastel chalks on wet paper here. This time, though, we used black acrylic paint to draw lines, and then used a paintbrush dipped in water to wet sections of the paper one at a time. We used pastel chalk on the wet sections, to create a paint-like look. (Thank you to Ginger, who blogs at Paintbrush Rocket, for the inspiration for brushing on the water rather than soaking the paper.) Next time, we'll cover them with Mod Podge to seal the chalk and give the papers an overall gloss.