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Paint a family picture—or any design—in the style of famous painters such as Michelangelo! Texture and glow add to their uniqueness!
Fresco paintings are made by quickly applying a thin layer of wet plaster to walls. The paint—tempera or watercolors—becomes part of the plaster. Show students pictures such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel or Leonardo da Vinci’s "The Last Supper." Have students research how they created these masterpieces. Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel while lying on his back!
Students decide what their subject will be. How about a family picnic? Maybe a still life? Or an abstract design? Choose a durable, interesting surface, such as heavy cardboard, plywood, or a foam tray. Students draw their idea on the surface with a Crayola Colored Pencil.
Spread recycled newspaper over the painting area. Students cover their picture surface with a thick coat of Crayola Texture It! Tempera Mixing Medium using a large flat brush. Air-dry it for about 30 minutes.
Students moisten their Crayola Watercolors with a drop of water on each pan. Fill the brush with color and begin to paint. The colors will be absorbed into the Texture It! as you work. Paint with long smooth strokes or dab colors into the medium. Rinse the brush after each color change. To change a color, just blot with paper towel and add a new layer of Texture It! to that area. Air-dry overnight.
Add sparkle with a coat of Crayola Glitter It! Tempera Mixing Medium. Or paint on a pearlized finish with Pearl It! Mixing Medium. Both media add a beautiful glow to the fresco. Air-dry the painting. Why not frame it before displaying---or give it as a memorable gift?
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