Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Bunny Fun!


I just want to wish everyone happy holidays! Here's a happy bunny made by Isabel using watercolor, pastels and glitter pens!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Keleketla Painting Workshop









For my Design & Drawing project I am working with my friend Belinda on a participatory/community arts piece with the kids at Keleketla! Library. The library is situated in the cbd of Johannesburg and they have an after school program for the children in the area. We had a painting workshop as an icebreaker just to get to know the kids. They loved it! We now have hundreds of paintings to look at and maybe we will make it into a zine? Still deciding... Xo, Quaymberley

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Wet-on-wet Watercolor Koi Tutorial

Isabel, age 11
It seems like all I ever post on my site are how to paint fish! That just might be the case, but this was still a really fun project. This project can be completed in 2 - 3 hours. The background and the fish have to be painted separately and have to dry completely between steps, but the results are worth it.

Begin by drawing the fish body shapes in pencil. The shape is a tear-drop with a triangular tail at the end. Next, place a few lily pads and flowers in the water. The lily pads are circles with a "Y" in the middle. Secure the watercolor paper to a masonite board by masking taping it all around.

Get your watercolors out! Load the brush with a lot of water and brush it all over the water background (don't paint the fish or the lily pads/flowers yet).  Load the brush with blue or purple pigment and dab the page.Guide the colors to touch each other but don't mix them with your brush. Some beautiful effects can come out of this project. Once the whole background is filled with color, leave it to dry.

Paint the lily pads green. Paint the "Y" in a different green, preferably darker. Painting the koi is the best part! Using the same wet-on-wet technique as the background, paint the koi. Cover the body with clear water first then inject orange and yellow pigment into it. Don't mix the pigment, just let the colors bleed into each other. Look at different pictures of koi and try to get the same colors.


Jeanette, age 11
Goodluck painting these! xoxo Quaymberley

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Art Class Rules



These are my rules that I wrote for my art classes. Clients need to know from the start of our relationship what my expectations are, this applies to the parents and the kids. These rules set out exactly what I require to have a cooperative relationship. I always make myself available to discuss any grey areas.

  • Do your best work.
  • Be on time for the lesson. I try my best to be punctual, so it is only fair that my client is punctual too. I'd rather be too early than too late.
  • Be prepared before the lesson. The workspace should be set up with newspapers covering the table and the student's toolbox is ready to be used.
  • No eating or drinking on your art table. Spillages and crumbs can ruin a whole session's work.
  • Have a break every hour. This depends on my individual students. Each student has a certain amount of energy and attention that they can give me. A refreshing break can really make a huge difference during a long session.
  • Always wear an apron or smock so that your clothes stay clean.
  • Always clean up the workspace when we are finished with class.
  • No tearing pages out of your sketchbook! Here is a great post as to why sketchbooks are important.
  • Have fun and don't rush, there is always next time.

Once the rules have been discussed with my clients, I give them the chance to let me know what their expectations are for me. It's only fair, right?

Friday, March 8, 2013

Mixed Media Tutorial: Parrot Fish in Watercolor and Pastel



Materials: Watercolors, brushes, cloth, table salt (large pieces), oil-pastels, watercolor paper, masking tape

Here's a mixed media lesson that has great color opportunity and lots of surprises. I tried it out with 11 year old students and they had so much fun. I looked up Colorful Parrot Fish in Google and found some beautiful fish images which I showed to my students.


Alicia, age 11

Isabel, age 11


Step 1: Start by drawing the chosen fish from observation (from the printed pages) in pencil. Try and not include too much detail, that will be done with the paint and pastels later on.

Step 2: Using oil pastels, outline the fish and the coral. Color in some parts of the coral but be free and loose so that the pastel doesn't cover the whole area. The paint will cover these white spaces.

Using pastel

Step 3: Wet the fish section with clear water using a brush. Keep the brush loaded with a lot of pigment and dab the fish without mixing the colors too much. Allow the painting to dry completely.

Step 4: Now for the background, wet the rest of the page and dab in some beautiful blues, greens and purple to create a colorful underwater world. While the paper is still wet, sprinkle a generous amount of salt and watch how it absorbs the water and draws in the pigment. Notice how the oil pastel does not mix with the paint? Allow to dry completely.

Step 5: Dust off the salt. Repeat step 4 if the background is not dark enough.



Step 6: To emphasize the patterns and texture, use watercolor paint and oil pastels and add in detail.

 Look at these beautiful fish! We had too much fun on this project. Xoxo. Quaymberley.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Simple Self-Portraits in Oil Pastel

Isabel, age 11

The self-portrait is great lesson for kids. It is a great reflective exercise and a confidence builder. Each little portrait tells me something about the artist. This is quite an open ended project because I want to see a true representation of the artist with very few instructions from me. I worked with 11 year olds for this lesson. They did not want to use a mirror and preferred to draw from what they knew they looked like.

Begin by tracing the template option lightly in pencil on an A4 or A3 paper. I always suggest that my students trace the template instead of drawing it because it just prevent frustration with proportion. They have plenty of other opportunities to draw from observation in my other lessons. Below are template options from the downloads section which can be printed out:



Discuss the details about portraits to the student. I talk about proportion and how to measure distances between the eyes, mouth forehead and ears. Bring out the pastels and cross-hatch each section with it's main color. Encourage students to use lighter colors first and black last to prevent smudging.  Keep a lookout for frowning faces or sad faces. I sometimes demonstrate how to draw eyes because the eyes are such a major part of the face. Give the student the freedom to create his or her own background. with patterns and shapes in oil pastel. Don't forget to have fun, this lesson always has surprisingly amazing results! Xoxo Quaymberley.