Topic | dry brush painting for art

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  • dlellockman
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    I am wanting to introduce my dd to painting in her Nature Journal.  I remember years ago seeing something from CM that talks about this.  Can anyone help me locate it or tell me how it is done?  Thank you and Blessings!Smile

    Richele
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    Hi dlellockman,

    Dry brush or brush-painting in a CM education is the technique of using just enough water on the brush to pick up the paint. In addition to using the technique for nature journals, Charlotte Mason alternated brush-painting with either printing or writing twice a week for Class I, the equivalent of our Grades 1-3.

    Brush painting lesson: These were simple lessons and no formal training on a mother’s part is necessary. Reverence and care for the paints and brushes were taught (ie neatness, how to hold the brush, how to continually pick up enough paint so as not to “mop” the brush, start with a light color (yellow) for the initial rendering as it can be gone over easily if needed, how to clean it between colors, how to clean and store the brush at the end of the lesson). A simple object (a book, a box, an apple, a lemon, etc.) would be placed a few feet away from the student (so they would not be distracted by detail) to paint. Charlotte believed that children would find their way around form and color themselves. In the later years, a more formal art course took place in the afternoons. This was a correspondence course and you can read more about it if you like in the Fesole Papers in the Parents’ Review articles.

    Nature Journal: Charlotte stressed the goal of the nature journal is to enhance the child’s powers of observation and their appreciation of nature and is not meant as a vehicle for formal drawing instruction. I’ve written two articles on the mechanics of nature journaling where brush painting (when/why) is discussed.:

    The Art of Keeping a Nature Journal

    More Mechanics of Nature Journaling

    HTH,

    Richele

    TailorMade
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    I am so happy that the two of you are discussing this. We are pulling out our nature journals again. It’s perfect timing! I truly appreciate all the lovely discussions on this forum.

    Becca<><

    missceegee
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    Richele, your first link doesn’t work, could you repost it, please? I enjoyed the 2nd and will be directing our co-op members to view it. Thanks, Christie

    Richele
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    Thanks, Christie, for letting me know. Sorry, ladies, here it is:

    The Art of Keeping a Nature Journal

    Warmly,

    Richele

    missceegee
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    Thanks, Richele.

    HollyS
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    Richele, have you tried this brand?  It looks pretty inexpensive.  http://www.dickblick.com/products/yarka-semi-moist-watercolor-pan-sets/

    Thanks for sharing!

    Susan
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    My daughter and I made this little video of how we dry brush for our nature journals. Hope it helps 🙂

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJE7qlkj2Xo

    LittleFire
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    Susan thank you for reviving this thread. My children are signed up for an art co op on dry brush painting nocturnal animals. I was so happy to find a way to combine nature and art with a real art teacher! I will watch your YouTube once I am at my real computer.

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