Christine Thornton's Art Studio

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Crayon Etching: Outdoor Scenes

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Art Start May 2012

We had a warm, beautiful spring 2012.  With sunny forecasts, Art Start students headed outside to sketch from observation in May. They wandered my yard and chose whatever subject appealed to them.  The bird bath was a popular choice, as well as trees, birds, flowers, classmates, my house, and even my car! I encouraged them to rearrange what they saw into whatever composition they wanted, and to add imagination if they wanted as well. 

It was fascinating to see what each artist selected.  They sketched in pencil the first day, then the next two weeks were spent indoors turning the sketches into crayon etchings. A layer of crayon was applied first, then oil pastel.  Scratch tools were used to scratch through the pastel to the crayon color underneath.