I recommend using Unsplash.com to find a reference photo. I am choosing to paint a raccoon. I think animals are great practice for learning how to paint! But feel free to choose your own reference photo. Try to print it out the size you will paint it if you plan on transferring the image to your panel (the other option is to freehand sketch it). We will have time together in class to either sketch or transfer our images. Below you will find a complete supply list. There are a couple of substitutions you can make, for example if you are unable to get carbon transfer paper you can make your own with a piece of printer paper and a pencil. If you don't have an embossing stylus you can use an ink pen instead. For the acrylic spray, any kind will work - gloss or matte depending on the finish you want. This is necessary as gouache will always be reactivated with water. Spraying our painting will seal it and make it so moisture cannot damage it. You can work on any size wood panel you want. You can buy a specific wood panel for painting or even just use a piece of wood from Lowe's or Home Depot. I will be using a 10"x10" wood panel (I will crop this image into a square) for my painting. Let me know what questions you have in the comments!
Whether you are a beginning or seasoned artist, the painting and drawing club offers you an opportunity to make new friends, expand your skills and share your passion for creating visual arts in a supportive virtual environment.
Jennifer is a visual arts teacher and artist that specializes in painting and drawing. She is passionate about teaching skills and techniques along with the process of how to make art so that her students feel empowered to make their own creative choices!
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