Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.
The contour drawing...
All of this will come, meanwhile I am excited to see the amazing skills already evident in their work. And it's only the third class!
Oil pastels are so fun not only for the students but for all ages, because they are bright, they are intense in color and they can be mixed and blended in surprising ways. You can place the colors over one another. You can push down harder for solid and lesser for a less intense colour. When you go over other colors this results in interesting affects. You can use your fingers to blend the one into another. Fading from one to the other and so on. It won't dry so you can go make a meal and come back to it later. If fact apparently, it never dries even in 100 years, I'm told. Wow.
Don't you just want to jump in and join my class? I know...it was fun. And we are going to have more fun with this medium.
Then in addition, you can scratch the surface with a tooth pick or a wooden skewer kind of object. This way you can bring out a color you went over with another. You can see Bailey used a toothpick to scratch a flower over her expressionistic color design. You can see how the turquoise under the red is revealed. Beautiful.
So now the world opens up to lots of ways one can work with oil pastels. We have a plan. We are going to make more art in the classes ahead with oil pastel.
is not accomplished by the intellect
but by the play instinct.