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Laurel Burch Pastel Horse Art Lesson

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Keep reading for more information about Laurel Burch, videos and resources to teach about her, and an easy create from home art lesson for kids!

I thought this would be a fun lesson to do while we are all working on staying positive during these uncertain times. Laurel Burch was an artist who was  such a positive, joyful person. She also knew how to make the best out of a bad situation. I hope you will be encouraged by her story!

Below are some resources to help you introduce this amazing artist to your child. She was an artist who persevered through many trials to create beautiful magical art that is full of life and hope.

Resources for teaching about Laurel Burch

When I teach an art lesson, I like to first tell my students about the artist we are studying before we start the actual art part. I try to find great videos, images, and slideshows that have already been created and are easy to access to help educate my students. Here are a few resources for teaching your kids a little bit more about the artist we are studying in this lesson, Laurel Burch!

Who is Laurel Burch?

Laurel Burch was born in 1945 and died in 2007. She was an American artist, designer, and business woman. She was a self taught artist and started her art career by making jewelry. She is most famous for her paintings of cats, but also did many paintings of butterflies, horses, and dogs. My art project (below) focuses on her love of horses and the positive messages her art symbolizes.

Books

The Art of Laurel Burch Coloring Book

This is a neat coloring book on Laurel Burch designs!

Laurel Burch Dream Believers: Inspirations for Life - Love - Hope

This book has beautiful illustrations and quotes from Laurel Burch. It isn't made as a kids book but has some great info!

Videos
Photos of her Artwork
My Art Lesson

Laurel Burch Pastel Horse How To:

Now that we have learned all about Laurel Burch, lets move on to the art lesson!

  1. Practice drawing out the horse head on the computer paper.
  2. Using the white uni-ball pen draw out the head and neck onto the black paper.
  3. Add the mane, forelock, an eye (color in the white part), teeth, and a swirl for the nostril.
  4. With the soft pastels pick two or three colors to fill in the horse. (pick colors that will blend well together like blue and green, pink and orange, purple and blue etc.) Be careful to just add a little of the pastel. You can always add more after you blend if it is too light.
  5. Using one finger blend the pastels in small circular strokes until they fill in the space.
  6. Add some accent colors in the eye, under the eye, nose, and anywhere else you like. Add white and black lines in the forelock and mane.
  7. Cover the horse with the blank computer paper to keep from smearing.
  8. Fill in the background with positive, life giving words and swirls using the uni-ball pen. Go slow to make nice dark letters.
  9. Spray lightly with the Krylon Fixatif to set the pastels (this will keep them from smearing).
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