Monday, 7 December 2015

Landscapes (painted with our fingers) with Animals (Model Magic)

I'm loving these landscapes I just sent home...

These were produced over two weeks:


We concentrated on painting with our fingers.  Yes this may bring back memories of the messy type of finger painting we all did in kinder.  However there are some adult artists out there that use only their fingers to produce the most amazing pieces of art.  Painting with your fingers allows you to be in direct contact with the paint and your surface.  Its quite therapeutic and you can really get lost in the motion of it.  We looked at three artists to inspire us:

Arthur Boyd - Was an Australian Artist, known to paint Australian Landscapes.  We have been looking at Arthur as there is a Boyd exhibition on locally (he grew up close to where we live).  This video of him painting with his fingers and hands is old, yet I love it and what he says about his painting style.
Zaria Foreman - Is an American artist whose hyper realistic finger paintings show landscapes to document the ever-changing beauty of regions affected by climate change. She is currently in Antarctica click here for more information and to see her paintings.
Iris Scott - Is an American painter who creates vibrant paintings with a unique, stylistic finger painting process, using surgical gloves and placing the oil paint directly on her hands.  Rapidly applying thick oil colour with several points of contact rather than one Scott can be classified as a modern Impressionist with a twist. Check out this youtube clip of her painting.  Beautiful! 

We have been looking at Australian Artists and Landscapes this term so the theme was to paint an Australian landscape.  I told them that the following week we would be making animals so they also needed to think ahead as to what type of animal they would like to make and which landscape you would find them in.  We are pretty lucky that here in Australia as there is a great choice of diverse landscapes such as rain forest, coast, desert and bush.

What you need:
  • MDF Boards or something else to paint on (I use MDF as its cheap and can hold a lot of paint without getting soggy, you also need something sturdy to glue the model magic animals too)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Gloves (optional - I used them as some were donated to me, about half of the children liked using them)
  • Plastic lids for putting the paint on (I get them to squirt out a little of each colour they need themselves, I store all of my paint in tomato sauce bottles which always amuses the children)

How to:
  • If the children wish they can draw an outline in pencil first (some just jumped straight in and started painting)
  • I let them develop their own method of painting
  •  Encourage mixing of colours directly on the boards, using thick paint for texture, adding more than one layer of paint.
  • Leave to dry until following week


First we finished our landscapes by adding chalk and oil pastels to create even more texture and colour.

Next we used Crayola Model Magic to make animals for our Australian Landscapes.  The idea of putting clay animals onto painted landscapes was from a recent blog post by Cassie Stephens (she did a jungle theme with tigers - so cute, check out her post by clicking here).

Loving the model magic.  I found it easy to work with and we only had a few breaks whilst gluing them on.  The trick is to try and get the children not to handle them much after they have dried.  Even though the directions say to let them dry first then paint, we actually painted ours immediately after making the animals and it seemed to work really well (at this stage they are not fragile).

The crayola magic does seem to stick to tables etc so I had each child work on a plastic bag.  They also painted the animals on these bags too and then I slid the whole bag with the animals onto their 
landscapes to dry (then no need to name).  I turned them over after a day so they could dry underneath.

The following week I hot glued all the animals on (each child told me where) and they took the artwork home.

The Results:


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