Creatrix Kids Art Classes – Charcoal Tree Class – Eugene

Creatrix Kids Art Classes - Charcoal Tree Class - Eugene
Creatrix Kids Art Classes - Charcoal Tree Class - Eugene
Creatrix Kids Art Classes - Charcoal Tree Class - Eugene

Fun with charcoals and pastels!

The Creatrix Kids had no fear diving into these artists mediums.

These wonderful little Creators made their own masterpieces while I walked them through applying pastels and charcoals onto newsprint. Each one of them did a wonderful job in listening to the instructions then trying it on their own. I was thrilled to see them blending their pastels in order to create gradients. I could tell each one was working on applying more or less pressure when using the pastels. They had fun blending with their hands or napkins.

We went into creating clouds in the background and it was a joy watching their faces light up when I showed them how to make clouds and how you can easily highlight them. When we got to the tree part I let them choose whatever tree they wanted since I don’t want to limit these Creators. It was fun showing each kid different techniques on how to work on their tree.

After our trees were done it was free-time for them to explore whatever they wanted to create with the pastels and charcoals. They all used a few of the techniques I just showed them to make their free-time piece. I can already see their unique styles and I am looking forward to our next class now that I know what each Creator likes.

Thank you for sharing your time with me in creating! Until next Monday……

Melia’s work

I love Melia’s enthusiasm to create. She was all smiles creating large pastel lines and getting her hands and face messy with the pastels. I wish I got a photo of her right after she was done creating. She was super confident in creating the gradients for the sky and making highlights on the clouds. She was excited to learn new techniques and I was thrilled to see her work on recreating the clouds during her free-time.

 

Creatrix Kids Art Classes - Charcoal Tree Class - Eugene

Melia had a blast creating large strokes with her pastels. She dived into using multiple pastels at once to create what I called our colorful tornadoes. Seeing her add the black charcoal at the end let me know that she is absolutely fearless when it comes to art application. Perfect! This is something I want to keep in her spirit and foster.

Creatrix Kids Art Classes - Charcoal Tree Class - Eugene

She was all giggles when I suggested creating a ‘candy tree’. She started making little swirls and adding her favorite color which she mentioned is purple. In light of the recent rainbows we have seen her and Genevieve added a rainbow. In this piece it is wonderful seeing the gradient work in the back juxtaposing the whimsical illustrative lines she creates.

Creatrix Kids Art Classes - Charcoal Tree Class - Eugene

And this piece just makes me smile. Her imagination is really strong and she has a great sense of creating characters. She mentioned she likes unicorns so the next class we will be working on line application to create a variety or unicorns.

Devin’s work

Devin has an incredibly refined vantage that shows his love for realism. His insight into perspective I applaud since this is not always easy at his age. His face light-up like the other kids when he was shown how to start adding highlights into their pieces of art. I decided to let him go further and work in some shadows since he was ready for that. He mentioned he loves drawing dogs so we will be working on line techniques next Monday with his favorite subject.

Creatrix Kids Art Classes - Charcoal Tree Class - Eugene

Devin created gorgeous gradients on the left with his pastel application. The colors blended smoothly. He was able to master creating hard edges and smooth center on the orange line to the far left which is another fun pastel application. It was wonderful seeing him work his perspective boxes in the beginning.

Creatrix Kids Art Classes - Charcoal Tree Class - Eugene

Devin was so focused on creating a beautiful transition in the sky and the grass. He decided to work on some aspen trees so I gave him some reference material and offered some suggestions on how to create these thinner trunks while using the vine charcoal for the black parts of the trunk and a few of the branches. He was receptive and excited to work in other colors within the leaf foliage. And he dove right into working those shadows after I demonstrated one of them.

Creatrix Kids Art Classes - Charcoal Tree Class - Eugene

During our free-time for drawing he showed us his love for football. I was excited to watch him use the techniques he just learned on background gradients. He also applied making the top section of the grass either lighter or darker. He is getting the concepts easily and I look forward to seeing what he creates next Monday.

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