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2020 CSA Art Challenge

Welcome! We are excited you are participating in this year's art challenge. For each of the challenges in this week's set, there is a recommended grade level. However you are free to choose any of the challenges from the set. You may also do the challenge with the assistance of a family member. 

Challenge set #3 | July 11, 2:00 PM

Complete at least one project preferably the same day or during the week. Due by July 18, before 2:00 PM.

Email or text the image or short video clip of your completed project, including your first and last name to womeninthearts@gmail. com or (407) 900-5918‬. 

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Masterpiece Finger Painting

by Ms. Lindsay

This challenge is recommended for preschool and elementary school students. Parental assistance needed.

Materials: Acrylic paint, canvas, or paper, whatever surface you'd like to paint on! 
Paintbrushes, paint palette or something similar. It could be an actual palette, cardboard, paper, anything you can plop paint on. Paper towels or hand wipes for cleanup.
Instead of paint you may draw or use any other materials available.

1. This project is a finger painting inspired by Monet’s painting, The Waterlily Pond. 

 2. Squeeze out several blobs of paint on your palette. Start with greens, blues, and other similar colors. Take your canvas (or whatever surface you’re using to paint on) and cover the entire surface with green or blue paint. 

 3. Once that dries completely, dip your thumb into one of the paint colors you previously laid out. Stamp your thumb all over the canvas. Your thumb is roughly the shape of the lily pads in Monet’s waterlily paintings! 

 4. Keep adding layers of thumbprints all over the canvas, switching out different shades of color occasionally to add depth. Sometimes it helps to wait for the previous layer to dry before switching colors, but Monet’s paintings were fairly messy so it’s okay to experiment and have some colors mix together a little bit! 

 5. Start adding in some new colors, like pinks, reds, yellows, whatever colors you want your waterlilies to be! 

 6. Once you’re done, let the paint dry completely before moving on to the next step. 

 7. With a new color (I used brown in my example piece), paint a large arc across your dried painting. Add a second arc underneath, then several vertical lines in between the two arcs. The goal here is to paint a bridge that hovers over the water lilies. Add as much detail to the bridge as you’d like!


Still Life Drawing

by Ms. Xiomara

Draw an object from real life. Observe, draw including light, shadows, and try to draw it as real as possible.

This challenge is recommended for elementary and middle school students. May be adapted for younger students with parental assistance as needed. 

Starry Night Fork Painting

by Ms. Lindsay

This challenge is recommended for middle, high school, and above. Simplify or increase the level of detail depending on the grade level.  

Materials: acrylic paint, canvas or paper, paintbrushes, plastic fork, water, paper towels. Instead of paint you may draw or use any other materials available.

1. You will draw in the basic shapes of The Starry Night painting by Van Gogh, using the image below as reference. 

2. Then block in the basic colors with acrylic paint. Start with blues, blacks, and whites, leave the yellow colors for later. Experiment with different color ratios of paint- adding more white will make your blues lighter, adding more black will make your blues darker. The more variations you have of these colors, the more depth your painting will have! 

3. Once dry, continue adding more layers of those same colors. Be messy, expressive! Van Gogh has a very imperfect style with his Impressionism so your painting does not have to be exact! 4. While that paint is still wet, drag a plastic fork through it to add some texture that is similar to Van Gogh’s style. Try to make your fork lines follow the movement of the building, the sky, the horizon, not just random strokes. The goal with this technique is to make your painting appear to have a messy/Impressionistic style. 

5. Once that paint is completely dry (if it’s still wet, you’ll end up with a green painting!!) start adding in the yellow. Make sure you clean your brushes first! Experiment with different shades of yellow as you did with the blues (the more white you add, the lighter it will be, if you add black to yellow it will turn into more of a greenish-grey). 

6. Continue adding layers of paint to your painting and dragging the fork across your new layers of paint! This process continues until you're happy with your painting!

Origami Finger Puppet

by Mr. Aki

This challenge is recommended for all ages. Parental assistance as needed.

Materials:  1 sheet of square paper

Coming Up Next

  • Challenge set #4 | July 18

  • Challenge set #5 | July 25