...is for Painting.
One of the activities that the girls enjoy doing is painting. When they were younger, they did quite a bit of wet-on-wet watercolor painting.
Sophia doing a wet-on-wet watercolor painting.
I would soak the watercolor paper in water for a bit, lightly dry it off, and then she would paint using all-natural paints. The paints were made from plants and were from Germany. They were nice quality paints which resulted in some pretty colors.
Initially, I had the girls start with painting only one color. Then they learned to combine a couple of colors.
They also have enjoyed painting clothes and accessories. When they were younger, the painting was more abstract; and as they grew older the did more representational/realistic painting.
Olivia decorating a purse with fabric paint.
She is wearing a shirt she painted and
used when she did art and crafts projects.
One Christmas, the girls received paint kits. They traced the first letter of their first name onto a canvas and then added different shapes and swirls around the letter. Using a variety of acrylic paint, they created their own unique images.
The girls painting the first letter of their first name on canvas.
Another activity the girls enjoyed was tracing their hands onto canvas, coloring the hand with oil pastels, and then painting with watercolors around the outside of the handprint.
Olivia making a handprint picture
with oil pastels and watercolors.
They also have enjoyed painting without a paintbrush. They've used fingers, hands, pine needles, marbles, and vegetables.
Sophia doing a Valentine's Day painting with marbles.
Sophia carved a heart into a potato.
Then, she made 3 prints of the heart to make a clover shape.
She added the stem, ground, and
some details with a paintbrush.
Doing vegetable and fruit printing was a fun process. Using peppers, apples, celery, and other fruits and vegetables yielded some interesting and pretty prints.
The girls with other homeschoolers doing
fruit and vegetable printing.
Using hands and getting messy are the fun parts of painting for the girls.
Olivia made a handprint Christmas tree.
She's painting the tree trunk and snow with a paintbrush.
In addition to creating their own images and work, they also enjoy using painting kits. Early on, they did some simple watercolor painting with pre-printed images.
Sophia doing watercolor painting with pre-printed images.
When they were 7 and 9 years old, they each did a paint-by-numbers kit. These are not the kits that I grew up with which were substantially easier.
These kits had very tiny spaces, lots of blending of paints, and required much patience and time. The end-product is one that both the girls were so proud of and framed.
Olivia doing a paint-by-numbers painting.
They each entered their paint-by-numbers paintings in the county fair and/or 4-H; and both did very well. Entering the paintings for 4-H (in Cloverbuds and Crafts) was a great way for the girls to share their experience about painting and what they liked/found challenging about the process.
Olivia meeting with the 4-H Cloverbud judge
to discuss her painting.
She's 7 years old in this picture.
Painting has been and will continue to be an important part of homeschooling. It's been something the girls truly enjoy, and it gives them an opportunity to creatively express themselves.