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Mini Art Camp: Painting Seashells!

In this 2 day art camp, we will create an acrylic painting of a seashell in a close-up view, plus we'll even paint the surface of a real seashell, too.
Susan Garrison
66 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 2 learners
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year old learners
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$16 per class
Meets 2x per week
Over 1 week
75 minutes per class
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Class Experience

Students will learn about the differences in types of acrylic brushes, how to use an acrylic paint sketching technique, a special blending technique, and how to create a 3D illusion using light and shadow techniques for the shell on their canvas.  They will also learn some decorative tips for the surface design of a seashell they brought to camp.

We won't have a homework assignment, but if your child is not finished painting by the end of our time together, they could easily finish even after our camp ends.  We will have covered all the major steps, but a student may need a little more time after class to finish painting or just a little touch-up.  It's also possible that your child will want to continue creating other seashell paintings or drawings  independently after this class!
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SUPPLY LIST 1 Natural Seashell that you can put paint on during our camp plus a couple of other shells that you'd like to just show us. ONE 8"x10" White ACRYLIC PAINT SURFACE (See Several Options Below): Stretched Canvas, Canvas Panel/Board, or Acrylic Canvas Paper (What are the differences? . . . Stretched Canvas has primed (coated white) canvas stretched over a wooden frame & stapled to the wood. Canvas Panel/Board feels more solid like the canvas is mounted/glued to a stiff cardboard. Acrylic Canvas Paper is thick, coated paper that is flexible but won't warp and tear as easily as other papers and comes in a pad of multiple sheets.) ACRYLIC PAINTS: (not tempera, not watercolor, not oil) I suggest as least 1 ounce of several different colors including Blue, Red, Yellow, White & Black plus also Green, Orange, Purple & Brown although your child may not choose to use all those colors. (Thicker acrylic paint in tubes are the best consistency for our painting techniques. If possible, try to avoid using the thinner acrylics in plastic bottles that sound watery when shaken.) PAPER PLATE to use as a paint palette. (Optional to use a plastic paint palette instead or even a disposable pie tin) ACRYLIC PAINT BRUSHES in a variety of sizes. Include a couple of medium size ROUGH Flat Brushes (looks like a square on the tip but bristles are rough and a little prickly to the touch. Also include a couple of very small SMOOTH Acrylic Brushes (1 very small Round brush like a pencil tip shape and 1 slender Flat Square Shape) Please avoid brushes that are flimsy and bend when put under a stream of water. (Those are watercolor brushes instead of acrylic brushes.) WATER in a metal can, plastic cup, plastic container or glass jar (one that won’t tip over easily). PAPER TOWELS Optional Supplies: Your child might enjoy the fine tip of a Sharpie permanent marker or Water Based Paint Marker (in a color of your choice) as an option for some of the final steps on the real seashell we will paint together. (I'd suggest Black or White) Please also see the attached photo that includes both types of acrylic brushes.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
There will be no formal assessment; however, we will take the time to hold up our paintings several times during and at the end of class to celebrate and encourage each other's progress and results.
2 hours 30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Susan Garrison
Lives in the United States
Professional Artist and Teacher
66 total reviews
81 completed classes

About Me

Hi, I'm Susan Garrison, a professional artist who also loves teaching kids!  I've been drawing & painting all my life and teaching children for the past 3 decades.  After earning my BS Degree in Art Education K-12 from Middle Tennessee State... 
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