Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Homeschool Art - Mushrooms!

Walking through the new books department of the library I found this unique book of mushroom paintings; A Visionary Field Guide Mushroom Magick by Arik Roper. The colors were so vibrant, I wanted to cut the pictures out and frame them! Needless to say, I brought it home for further perusing.

Yesterday we moved our homeschool time down to my art room and the girls wanted a bit of art time. I thought of that book. We started out with patterned paper scraps and looked at some of the mushroom paintings. The girls drew mushrooms, taking in all the details.

The teen then painted over her sketch with gesso (it allows for the pencil marks to be set but still seen.) She then used fluid acrylic paints with matte medium to paint her mushrooms complete with a background of clouds and a floor of leaves.

The little one went with the simple approach and just colored the mushrooms with Koh-I-Noor colored pencils.

While they worked on their art projects I made ornaments. Maybe I should make some mushroom ornaments! lol

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