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Impressionism with Cray-Pas by Candie Cooper

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Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.


Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Advanced

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Social Studies
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Visual Arts
Time needed for project:
Total Time: 1 hr.

Materials Needed:
- Sakura® Cray-Pas®
- 1 black Canson® illustration board
- Craft mat
- Pencil

1. Draw a forest or city landscape that has a starry night sky in pencil.
10 min.

2. With Cray-pas, color the darker base shades of the objects and background in your drawing.  Your drawing doesn’t have to be realistic, exaggerate the patterns and textures you see in real life like a swirly night sky, bumpy tree bark, or a smooth path.
15 min.

3. With brighter shades add details to the objects in your drawing. Give the moon and stars a silvery glow, add bright green patches to your grass and trees.
15 min.

4. With your fingers or a paper towel you can smooth together the colors in each area.
10 min.


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