Impasto Painting

July 15, 2010 at 4:46 am 1 comment

During painting class, I taught the kids about Impasto (thick paint).

First we learned a little bit about Vincent Van Gogh and how he used “thick paint” to create movement, emotion and texture in his work.

Next, I showed them how to mix their own paints so that they can inexpensively duplicate the technique on their own. For this lesson, I gave them tempera paints mixed with cornstarch, soap shavings, and sand (one ingredient per color).

We learned how to create different effects using a variety of tools; then they went to work. Each student received a canvas board to paint on & were asked to keep their image “abstract”. I didn’t want the kids to get wrapped up in creating a picture, rather I wanted them to focus on using the paint.

The art looks really cool! The cornstarch paint was my personal favorite. It dried all crackly 🙂

impasto example

This is the wet paint mixed with cornstarch.

impasto paint

Dried painting.

impasto painting

The bits that look like pebbles were created with the soapy paint.

impasto painting

the end.

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make your own watercolors I love this!

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. VO Knits  |  July 15, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    These turned out so wonderful! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing!


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