Fun painting project, all you need is some pastries real or plastic ones to set up a still life composition. This project is open to student’s interpretation but there should be some instructions on aspects like overlapping and paint application. We chose pastries of different sizes, shapes and colours for variety.
To create the composition, choose a piece of colourful fabric to set up the pastries and display on a small table in the middle of the room or in the centre of a big table so everybody can see.
If you have a long session, students could finish the painting in one session, but if your sessions are short a second session will be a good option. If going into a second session take some photos of the composition for later display on a big screen or as colour copies.
What you need:
- 1 piece of Kraft paper or Cartridge paper per student, ideally 30 x 30 cm. (12 x 12″)
- Paintings illustrated here were done on a 50 x 50 cm. (19 x 19″)
- The size will depend on the space available, but ideally should be a square format.
- 1 medium-size paintbrush, # 6 to paint the big areas
- 1 small paintbrush to paint details
- Rags to clean paintbrushes and tables
- Water containers
- Good quality paint see notes. *
- Natural charcoal or chalk to draw the composition *
What to do:
Draw a big composition using charcoal or one colour chalk
Paint big areas of colour first, mixing as many colours as possible.
On a different session paint all details using small paint brushes
For best results, it is important to use good quality Tempera paint like VersaTemp or Chroma2 for younger students. For older students, we recommend Chromacryl acrylic paint.
It is important that students draw with natural charcoal or chalk to encourage drawing big shapes that would fill the paper/space. I would never give students pencils to draw if they will paint over.
Natural charcoal and chalk are easy to erase with a rag.