In a message dated 05/18/2005 5:54:53 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
I'm about to have my first graders paint over their oil pastel Starry Night
sky. I never get good results when I do this part. What paint should I use?
I've tried watered down black and blue tempera paint. Is this best?
Should I have them do it with a large brush and apply it in horizontal
brushstrokes like a watercolor wash? What proportion of paint to water should I use?
Hi, Sky, my NJ teacher counterpart!
I have my kids use water color paint (Prang) right from the pan. Or, if you
have liquid water colors (Sax) that works well also. If you are finding that
the coverage should be blacker, how about adding a drop of black India ink
to the watered down tempera? May I suggest the way my 2nd graders painted
Starry Night this year? I gave them large colored construction paper in shades
of blue and purple as a background on which to paint the sky and mountains,
not white paper. They used tempera paint on this, and the brush strokes
really popped out in yellows, oranges, and whites. They added movement lines over
their tempera paintings in craypas, added a village and tree in a cut paper
collage and added details with craypas on this, as well. It was sort of a
mixed media piece. But my point is that using colored construction paper for
the background really gave the art a nice feel! My artroom is going to be
"the Classroom of the Week" in my school- the last one, so the computer teacher
is leaving it up all summer. I'll put some of these paintings on the site
and let you know when it's up.
Susan on Long Island