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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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Springtime Monet's Lily Pad and Frog Art Lesson

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Keep reading for more information about Claude Monet, videos and resources to teach about him, and an easy create from home art lesson for kids!

Ah Monet! This is one of my favorite artists, and I know I say that a lot, but I truly do love his art! Last June my husband and I were able to visit Giverny, France where Monet lived in his pink house. The house sits in a beautiful spot with all of the gardens, lily ponds and trees that Monet had planted to have his own outdoor studio. His most famous paintings were done here. We were also able to see those water lily paintings at the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris as well. See the photos below of both these spots. If you ever get the chance to go to Paris go visit both of these places. Monet literally came alive to me as I wandered around the lily ponds and walked through his house. 

See another great Monet lesson in my upcoming book (details at the end of this lesson)

Resources for teaching about Claude Monet

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, Claude Monet!

Who is Claude Monet?

Claude Monet was a famous French painter whose work gave a name to the art movement Impressionism, which was concerned with capturing light and natural forms.

My favorite books on Monet:

Claude Monet- Getting to know the world's greatest artists

Love this series by Mike Venezia. I use these more than any other books for introducing artists to kids.

Where is the Frog?: A Children's Book Inspired by Claude Monet

This is a fun mystery about a frog in Monet’s garden.

Philippe in Monet's Garden

A cute story about Philippe the frog in Monet’s garden

Linnea in Monet's Garden

I love this book and the curious Linnea! There is even a Linnea doll that goes along with her books. Lots of good photos of Monet’s garden in this one.

  • Here are a few YouTube videos about Claude Monet, including one of a girl reading from Linnea in Monet’s garden (above)

Here is a nice slideshow to sum it up!

Springtime Monet's Lily Pad and Frog How To:

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

  1. Cut the paper in ½.  With the computer paper underneath, on one piece add dark blue short horizontal strokes on different parts of the paper and follow the same process with light blue, light green, dark green, and purple, overlapping a little of the previous color. Fill in remaining spaces with dark blue. Go over the entire paper with light blue strokes blending as you go. (clean off the oil pastels on your computer paper)
  2. On the other paper draw the frog, lily pad, and lily.
  3. Use short circular strokes to fill in the lily pad. Add some light blue in areas. Blend over the whole pad with white using short circular strokes.
  4. Add yellow around the frog eyes and on the belly. Go over with white on the belly.
  5. Fill in the frog body with dark green using short strokes (leave some paper showing through). Add light green on top, blending the two colors.
  6. For the lily fill in pink on the flower petals and yellow for the center.
  7. Add a little red, and purple. (don’t cover all the pink). Now blend over the whole flower with pink.
  8. Add orange to the yellow center, then blend with yellow again.
  9. Go over all the pencil lines with black oil pastel pressing hard (go slow) to get a nice black line.
  10. Using your finger rub over the top of the black line to gently smear. (Don’t go back and forth, just one time)
  11. Cut out all three pieces and glue down (using all-purpose glue), pressing firmly to hold in place. Lay a clean sheet of computer paper over your project and put under some books to help the glue to stick.
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Easter Bunny in the Style of Romero Britto Art Lesson

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Just in time for Easter try this fun Romero Britto bunny lesson at home! And enter to win a book by the artist by sending me your beautiful masterpieces! (Details below)

This is a fun easy lesson that you can adapt for all ages. To do a complete lesson on Romero Britto using supplies you probably aleady have at home use the resources listed below to learn some information about Romero Britto and his colorful, hopeful art. (because we could all use a little color and happy right now!)

Romero Britto is a Brazilian born artist who grew up in a modest family of 8 brothers and sisters. He was interested in art at a young age and because his family didn’t have money for art supplies he drew and painted on scraps of paper, newspaper and cardboard.

In 1983 Britto went to Europe to study the old masters. He then travelled to the US and got involved in the Pop Art movement. He settled in Miami and opened an art gallery. His first big commissioned artwork was done for Absolut Vodka, drawing artwork to go along with their logo. He became well known after that, and now has art on five continents in over 100 galleries. Also you can find his artwork on a wide range of products from phones to luggage and even cars.

His style is fun and colorful and easy to recognize. You can tell his art is created by someone who is a happy person and has a zest for life! 

Resources for teaching about Romero Britto

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, Romero Britto.

  • Here are a few YouTube videos about Romero Britto. What are a few things that stand out most to you about his life and style?
  • Here is his website where he has more information about himself, photos, and news about what he is up to now. Click around and see what you discover! Romero Britto Website (hint hint maybe a free painting lesson?)
  • Here is a look at Britto Central in Miami Beach, Florida (Look around and see some of his artwork!)

Britto Bunny How To:

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

  1. Using the pencil draw the bunny on the heavy paper starting with a wide W shape an inch from the bottom of the paper. 
  2. Add two ovals for eyes and then draw in both ears going to the top of the paper.
  3. Add the lines for the inside of the ear and two curved lines for the muzzle.
  4. Add the triangle for the nose, the whisker dots and the two curved lines for the bunny’s body. Draw in two front teeth below the muzzle.
  5. Add 4 diagonal lines inside the bunny. These line can be anywhere but make sure the go from one side to another.
  6. Now draw in the background starting with a horizontal line that goes from the bottom of each ear to the sides of the paper. An inch below that add curved wave lines, then a second curvy line below that to form a stripe.Draw another line from the bottom of the cheeks out to the sides of the paper.
  7. Add a half circle for a sun between the bunny’s ears. Add 8 diagonal lines to make the sun rays.
  8. Put the scrap paper underneath your paper and go over all the pencil lines with Sharpie. Go slow and press hard to get a nice thick line. Color in the eye centers with the Sharpie. Erase any extra pencil lines.
  9. Now the fun begins! With the Sharpie add 3 hearts about the bunny’s head, and fill in different sections in the bunny and in the background  with patterns using the pattern guide. Be creative! And make sure to leave some sections empty. Add the whiskers.
  10. With the markers fill in the sections (leave at least 6 sections white) with color. Add some colored patterns on top. Have fun experimenting with different color combinations!

Step 1

Draw a "w" for the bunny face

Step 2

Add eyes and ears

Step 3

Add lines for the muzzle and inside the ears

Step 4

Add the nose, front teeth, and body

Step 5

Add 4 diagonal lines inside the bunny

Step 6

Add the background lines

Step 7

Go over everything with Sharpies

Step 8

Add patterns with the pattern guide below

Step 9

Fill in your sections with markers! (Make sure to leave at least six spaces white)

Pattern Guide

Use these patterns (or create your own) to fill in parts of the bunny and the background! Make sure to leave some spaces blank.

The Contest

To spread a little bit of joy (and artful education) I’m doing a giveaway contest on this art lesson! Send me a photo of the completed project and a first name and age to www.thelaughingzebraart@gmail.com and I will pick a winner to receive an awesome book by Romero Britto! The deadline for this contest has passed. The winners are Cali, Kila, Aristo, and Shannon Bojorquez! Here are their amazing bunny projects!

This is the book I’m giving away: Happy! by Romero Britto.

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Book Info

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