Optical illusion

What a wonderful class I had today!

This is an old visual illusion practice.

The kids were fascinated with this drawing and the illusion that it creates.

They really worked hard to draw their own illusion.

Simple waved lines and the dark and light areas create the idea of tridimensional forms.

It is fun to play with it.

You can see the kids’ work bellow.

Watercolor Dolphin

This month I am teaching art class, as a volunteer, to third and fourth graders!

The first project was to paint a watercolor dolphin. After a brief explanation about the watercolor basic techniques I showed them how to draw the dolphin.

The most difficult thing is to break the kids habit of bearing the pencil down the point too hard. This habit makes it difficult to erase the drawing because the pencil line will have dug into the paper. Also the watercolor will not cover the strong lines. So … the word of the day was soft lines 🙂

Since we din’t have time to wait for the colors to dry, I told them to outline the drawing with crayons (black, white or color)  to prevent the watercolors to blend.

They did a good job as you can see in the pictures bellow