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Calling all little artists! Meet a work of art and get your creative juices flowing with monthly activities for 3- to 5-year-olds and their caregivers. This month we focus on Chris McCaw’s photograph Sunburned GSP #419 (Arctic Circle Alaska). Keep reading to discover more!
Chris McCaw’s photographs of landscapes at night have a special glow. Watch this video to look closely at the details in Sunburned GSP #419 (Arctic Circle Alaska) and learn about the special tools he used.
Gather art supplies to create a landscape drawing inspired by Chris McCaw’s photography techniques! You can even create a burned-sun effect with a special tool. Can you guess what it is?
For this project, you’ll need:
• Two pieces of watercolor or mixed-media paper
• Chalk pastels
• Thin paintbrush
• Cup of water
• Black oil pastel or crayon
• Paper towels
• Hole punch
Watch this video for ideas about how to create your landscape drawing! Then follow along with the step-by-step instructions below.
Step 1: Create your monotone landscape.
• Close your eyes and imagine a place outside you like to explore. What do you see? A river? Trees? Mountains? The ocean? Draw this place using your pencil.
• Think about perspective. For example how big would trees close to you appear? How small would they look if they are far away?
• Using white and black chalk pastels, trace over your drawing and fill it in. Tip: you can explore different light and dark values by mixing your white and black pastels.
Step 2: Use your paintbrush and water to add details.
• Dip your paintbrush into the water and brush over the chalk pastels. Paint like you would using watercolors and watch the dark and light values blend.
• Add extra outline details with your black oil pastel or crayon.
Step 3: Create a colorful background.
• On your second sheet of paper, make a bright background using colorful chalk pastels. Try to cover the entire page!
Step 4: Spray your landscape and punch holes.
• Once your landscape is dry, seal it with hairspray. This will prevent the chalk from getting messy or rubbing away.
• Punch holes in your landscape to look like the sun moving across the sky. What path will the sun take?
• You can draw rings around the holes using your black and white pastels to make it look like the paper is sunburned.
Step 5: Glue your two layers together.
• Spread glue on the back of your landscape drawing and place it on top of your colorful background.
• Observe the colors that peek through the holes in your paper!
• Tip: mount your artwork on black construction paper for a polished finish.
Where can you find light and shadow in your world?
Share your finished artwork and your thoughts about light and shadow with us by tagging your photos with #NCMAArtSnacks.
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