I am still struck by how bright these winter silhouette paintings came out, this one by a third grader. I honestly think it comes from upgrading my tempera paint to something better than the school grade stuff. I’ve never seen such vivid results from school supplies, but I love every painting made with this tempera paint from dickblick.com. This is not a paid endorsement, I just appreciate sharing quality supplies when I find them.
• Multimedia paper, 9″ x 12″
• Tempera paint: blue, violet, white, black
• Dixie cups, or other paper cups
• Water container and brush
• Paper towels
1. Everyone gets a one paper cup with blue paint, one with violet, one with white, and two empty cups.
2. Students paint a white ball somewhere on their paper.
3. They dip their brush in the violet and then back in the white and mix to make a light violet. A ring of light violet is painted around the white ball.
4. The brush is wiped clean and a ring of violet is painted around the light violet.
5. Students dip their brush into the blue and then back in the violet to make a blue-violet. This color is painted around the violet.
6. They wipe the brush again and fill in the background entirely with blue paint.
1. Students get one cup of black paint and one of white. A black ground line is painted and filled in.
2. A fence is painted above it with vertical and horizontal lines.
3. Students choose a spot for a tree and paint and fill it in.
4. White snow drops are painted around the sky.
5. White snow lines on the tree and fence are carefully added. If the black paint is still really wet, it’s best to wait until it is dry so you it doesn’t turn gray.