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Thursday, 27 April 2006
Birds - Kids Watercolor Lesson
Topic: Watercolor Class

Last week my kids' art class did sumi-e bird painting. We also tried our hand at painting from stencil designs. Stencils have clear shapes, but unlike a regular silhouette the shapes are broken down into smaller well defined areas. The stumbling block is that one may get confused and want to turn the white spaces in the stencils into black outlines. But notice the top right painting - this child used a 1/2" wide flat brush after he'd tried other ways. He concentrated so hard at twisting and turning his brush to make those shapes. I am really impressed. You will see it is the goose/duck with outstretched wings from the bottom of the stencil page below.

See notecards of my bird watercolor paintings too.

Update: Another lesson on painting birds.

student bird paintings
Paintings by J.M.(u) age 7, S.C. age 10, J.M(u). age 7, Emily age 10, M.S. age 8, Emily age 10, M.S. age 8.
These were my demonstration paintings from which the kids worked. The sumi birds are after Takahiko Mikami, the swan is after a photo by Bruce Coleman, and the stencils come from, (available here at Amazon) Big Book of Nature Stencil Designs (Dover Pictorial Archive)
or, at Dover Publications, The Big Book of Nature Stencil Designs
sumi painting swan painting birds stencil
Find Sumi-e painting and birds at Amazon.com

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 12:46 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 9 November 2008 1:03 PM EST
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