The 2011 primary class’ Auction Art project is complete!
I cut trees and houses out of acid free colored paper (found in the scrapbooking aisle). Each first year primary student colored their tree or trees using a choice of two green oil pastels.
Second and third year primary students picked out their house and used a variety of oil pastels to make architectural elements and sometimes landscaping. I worked with one or two children at a time, first discussing with them what shapes they see on houses, and providing a couple examples. Two trees and a school house were designed by the teacher and teacher’s aid.
The next step is to prepare the background. I taped off a 2.5 inch border on my matt board and painted the inside with Liquitex gloss medium and varnish. I found this to be a beneficial step to decrease bleeding under the tape while experimenting on extra matt board. On my first project I only sealed the tape with the Liquitex on the border, but found an inconsistency in the first coat of paint that required a thicker second coat.
I painted a dark blue sky, mixing a couple different colors. Using butcher paper I sketched out the border of our mountain silhouette here in Reno. I used this as a stencil to trace on to the blue painted matt board. Using black acrylic paint I pulled my brush slowly along the pencil line of the mountain and filled in the rest. I attempted to use giant acid free paper for the background, cutting the paper with a quilter’s straight edge and roll cutter (similar to pizza cutter). When I tried glueing the black mountains onto the blue background the paper became too wrinkled. I even tried using felt, but found that the paint gave it the best look.