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Level: Junior, Middle School, High School
Grades: 3 and up | Age: 8 and up | Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
[Andrea is one of the creators of KinderArt®]

Students will learn to go with the flow as they allow their materials to take on a life of their own.

What You Need:
What You Do:

  1. Have your ink ready to go before you begin painting ...
  2. Choose two colors of paint that "go" together. Find something that unifies the colors. Use complementary colors or various shades of one color. Play with this idea for a while until you have colors you like.
  3. Paint the colors onto your paper as a wash. Use a lot of water and just a little paint. Your colors should be very transparent (see-through). The paint should flow easily onto your paper.
  4. While the paint is still wet, take a skewer stick, dip it into the ink bottle and place it on the wet paper you have just painted. Do this in several areas of the paper.
  5. The ink will run and roll all across the paper forming interesting shapes and lines.
  6. Allow the ink to go where it pleases.
  7. When you feel that there is enough ink on the paper, let everything dry.
  8. You may wish to add some details with the ink once the paper has dried thoroughly.

Recommended Books/Products:

Scribble Art: Independent Creative Art Experiences for Children
by: MaryAnn F. Kohl

Drawing With Children
by Mona Brookes
Founded on the belief that any child can learn to draw realistic pictures using her "alphabet of shapes" while in a noncompetitive environment, Mona Brookes' easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson approach to drawing has yielded astounding results with children of all ages. This is THE BEST learning to draw book we've ever seen. (for ages 3-4 and up)

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
by Betty Edwards
Translated into thirteen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used drawing-instruction guide. People from just about every walk of life--artists, students, corporate executives, architects, real estate agents, designers, engineers--have applied its revolutionary approach to problem solving.

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