Last Friday I taught an art class for our homeshooling co-op.  We looked at the artwork of John James Audubon, Vincent Van Gogh and Robert Bateman, under the theme of “Nature”.  The contrast between stylized, realistic and expressive color and brush strokes was interesting. The ages ranged from about 4 to 12 and the kids were very attentive.

I did a demonstration of using oil pastels and watercolor, using an owl for my subject matter.  Actually, I kind of like how it came out so far, and will either work some more and complete it, or use it as a study for a larger finished work.

I gave them the option of using watercolor, oil pastel or both.  They seemed to like the effect of watercolor over oil pastel, even those who choice to just use watercolor.  I’ll be scanning some student work and putting it up soon.