Here are some past and present pieces of art that we have given as gifts:
|I won second place at the county fair with this photo. I matted it in maroon, then gave it to my grandmother for Christmas, who would sit and look at it for hours. It was so sweet!|
|After our first time attending Barry Stebbing's awesome 3-Day Art Class, we came home and painted this. My daughter was seven when she painted this with acrylic paints, blending all her own colors from the primaries, practicing some of the brush strokes and layering techniques. See that "Best of Show" prize. That was for the entire paintings category--about 200 paintings. There was no children's category. She beat the adults. This was given to my husband's mother as a Christmas gift, and it is hanging in her living room. My version and my son's version were also given as gifts... don't remember to whom. Seriously, folks. Watch for his art class in your area, and GO!|
|I took this on Daytona Beach in 2004. That is my daughter and her cousin, seeing the ocean for the first time. This was given to my brother as a gift (his daughter in the photo). It also won second place at the fair!|
|My daughter and I did this watercolor and acrylic painting last year. I made this one (above) for my dad and his wife for their anniversary. My daughter's version (below), is still waiting to be given to the right friend or relative.|
|This cute oil pastel abstract was my "teaching" work as my 3yo son followed along and made his own. His turned out AWESOME--better than mine. It is framed and hanging at his grandpa and grandma's house.|
|Yesterday's art project--in anticipation of this Christmas. This was done by my 8yo. With oil pastels.|
|This one was done by the 4yo. I framed it to hang over our manger this year for Christmas, adding to our family Christmas decorations.|
|This is my daughter's more "delicate" version.|
|This was my "teaching" version... the one I created as the kids followed along.|
|This one was done by the 5yo.|
We're not artists here--just your average homeschooling family. We don't have a special art area or even massive hoards of art supplies. We have five colors of acrylic paint: Red, blue, yellow, white, and black; and one large cup of various sized paint brushes with different tips. We have one big set of 8 watercolor cakes. We have Prang colored pencils (just the basic 12 colors). And we have crayola markers. The little kids each have a set of Crayola Oil Pastels, and the older kids each have a set of Pentel oil pastel.
We make ALL of our art with that--blending the paints into custom colors, blending the colored pencils and markers.
We took Barry Stebbing's 3-Day Art class twice. It was amazing. It got us blending paints, and using different brush strokes. He also taught us how to blend using basic colors of colored pencils and markers.
We get our ideas by looking up paintings and artwork on the internet, or from an illustration we see in a book or on a card. We would never SELL these things--we're just artists appreciating good art, except we can't go to a famous museum to sit and paint. We find something pretty, then we just "go for it." Oil pastels are so easy. We watched one tutorial on Youtube, and then realized we didn't really need more. They color and blend beautifully.
Here is an oil pastel done out of one of our favorite children's books, "Seals on Wheels." This one was done by my 4yo in his art journal. It would make a nice note card, or framed for a baby gift with a matching blanket!
Anyone can be an artist! I know it. Because if we can, you can! Need some great gift ideas? Start painting! Or shooting. Or drawing. Or coloring.