Written By: The Progressive Teacher|
May 24, 2017|
There is evidence that the great Dutch painter Vermeer did not draw the outlines of his paintings at all, instead using an optical system to shine the image onto his canvas. Using some form of drawing aid is very common.
Many students wish they could paint realistic pictures but have been put off because they can’t draw. I have created instructional materials which overcome the drawing problem. I provide an outline which is transferred to the painting paper, and detailed step-by-step instructions show exactly how to achieve a lifelike painting. Teachers may download a free set of instructions for a beginner level painting, and make as many digital or print copies as they wish. In terms of reading requirements the materials are suitable for age 10 and up.
This is real painting, not coloring in. It involves learning painting skills such as the very important skill of blending. Blending means making two colors next to each other merge gradually instead of having a sharp join. Blending is vital to realistic painting, and is widely used to give shape and depth to faces, body parts, flowers, jewelry, fruit, wineglasses, and many more. The approach is highly structured and gives very clear instructions, with photos, for every step of a painting. Students are shown precisely what to do.
Some people worry that using an outline is cheating, and that any artist should do all the drawing. Many professional painters use drawing aids. For a small painting they might take a photo, and trace it so that they can transfer the tracing to the painting surface. For a large painting some artists use a projector to shine an image onto a canvas and draw around it. Using a grid of squares to get the proportions right has a long history and was a method employed by some of the great masters. There is evidence that the great Dutch painter Vermeer did not draw the outlines of his paintings at all, instead using an optical system to shine the image onto his canvas. Using some form of drawing aid is very common.
The free download for painting a lifelike ladybird is available from www.ArtStepByStep.com The instructions are for painting the picture with acrylics or gouache, but students who have some experience with oils could use that medium instead.
David Ainge DipTeach, DipSpEd, MEd, PhD
After a period as a primary school teacher, deputy principal, and principal in England I moved to Australia where I continued to teach in primary school briefly. I then studied for a qualification in learning support and became a specialist teacher of students with reading difficulty, in both primary and high schools. Subsequently I became a high school teacher of science. After completing a Master of Education I became a university lecturer involved in training of teachers and school guidance officers. I completed my PhD and became associate dean of graduate studies, until my retirement. My area of research interest was the use of virtual reality in schools.