It's Fall Y'all!

Greetings Art Lovers! 

I know, it's been a while. We've been SUPER busy over at Splott!
Now that we're finally settled into the new location, I've been working on hanging some new art on the walls, decorating, and creating some great fall-inspired projects. 

This is my absolute favorite time of year!
When the air is crisp, the leaves are beautifully painted hues of red, yellow, orange, and brown... Halloween is ALL around... weekends are spent around the fire pit... there is so much to influence our artwork!

I love the colors and textures that fall has to offer and we've applied those to some watercolor work over the last couple of weeks. 

We've been experimenting with various watercolor techniques and also integrating watercolor markers & pencils into our work.

Watercolors lend themselves to lovely blending and opportunities for play. For one piece, we created leaf shapes with watercolor pencils, then added color with a wet-in-wet technique. Next, we created texture and changes in value and intensity by blotting, adding salt, and painting on rubbing alcohol.

 Leaf Drawings Wet in Wet Leaf Painting
Watercolor Wash Blotting Final Watercolor Leaves

Student Work:



In our younger classes, we tried the same wet-in-wet technique, but overlaid REAL leaves and let them dry on top. The leaves left a very cool imprint on the paint!

Student Work:



Looking for a great little project to try at home? If you have some Crayola markers lying around, have your kiddos create their own leaf sketches on a piece of heavy paper. Then, dip a paintbrush into clean water and apply it to the drawing. The Crayola markers are water-based, so when water is applied, they bleed and blend a bit to give the appearance of watercolors!

**SS TIP: if you have other water-based markers and they are a bit dried out, soak the tips of the markers in some clean water (each color in its own container) and make your own watercolors! 

I hope you're enjoying the season as much as we are. 

–Miss M

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