Art: Charcoal Drawing

I’m not much of an artist myself but I figure this year we’ll just explore different mediums and in future I can get an actual art course that gives Scout Kid a little bit more helpful instruction. So today we swapped out his staple markers for charcoal pencils. Here’s what we did, for about half an hour, guided by Scout Kid’s interest:
-Picked a few toys to draw from: a wooden toy car and an alligator puppet.
-Draw the car. Talked about the shapes we could see and copied them one by one.
-Drew the alligator. Much of this involved making ferocious zigzags for “darp teef”.
-Experimented with smudging and shading. Enjoyed how messy our fingers were getting.
-Added some brown and red pencil crayon colouring to the pictures at Scout Kid’s request.
-Wrote ‘car’, which Scout Kid attempted to replicate, and ‘alligator’, which he did not, on the picture along with the date and added it to Scout Kid’s Learning Binder.

Homeschooling: Colour Mixing


Yesterday’s activity was a quick study in colour mixing. It wasn’t really the day (Mondays are meant to be for English, which still sounds like a really pompous thing to do with a two-year-old, but whatever: English, we read Huckle and Lowly. Anyways. Tangent.)

For this activity I made some homemade paint from a recipe I’m not going to link because it wasn’t that good. I think I’m going to go with boughten paint in future, toxic or no, because I’m not prepared to sacrifice all my food colouring in an effort to get true red so we can do a proper colour mixing exercise. What we did:
-Watched this video on the colour wheel. I was pleased to find this, so simple and slow.
-Mixed up some flour/cornstarch paint and explained how he could mix different colours to make new ones.
-Let him at it! You will see from left to right that he made some beautiful muddy colours with my original neons. He also experimented with dripping paint all over the place and making letters (his U is in the right-hand picture). And painted a dirtbike and a trail for it. A good day’s work.