I thought we’d spend the last two weeks of summer slowly ramping up our homeschooling. That meant I needed a topic we could cover in a few short weeks. I settled on doing some art, and saw a new how-to watercolor book sitting out front at the library and had our topic.
The book I found was simply called Watercolors (Paint It) by Mari Bolte. The book covers a surprising amount of information in 31 pages, and is meant for kids. It starts with basic information about watercolors and the materials you need to create watercolor paintings. The book provides a few specific projects that you can copy using a variety of techniques to create the images. It’s a nice place to start if you don’t know anything about using watercolors. I want to check out her other books as well, Acrylics (Paint It), and Pastels (Paint It).
The other basic book I found was Watercolor 101: Techniques for the Absolute Beginner by Jeanette Robertson. Again, the book starts with materials and basic techniques for putting paint on paper. There are several projects to copy with details on what makes a good painting vs. a boring painting.
Miss Adventure had fun with books, although we’ve discovered we need better paints. Mr. Curiosity has a hard time getting watercolors to produce his mental image, so he’s decided watercolors are not for him. That’s why we’ll have to try the acrylics or pastels book soon.
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