When Charles Burchfield was a child, he thought the nights were mysterious and even a little scary. How do you feel when it starts to get dark? Why don't you make a picture about it?
1. Get out these supplies:
2. Pick out a scene.
- Heavy, white drawing paper (a large sheet)
- crayons (bright colors)
- watercolors (black or dark blue)
- jar of water
- scrap paper
3. Picture your scene by day.
- Do you remember watching the sky get dark? You might have been looking from the door of a tent, from a car window, or even from your own bedroom.
4. Make some liquid darkness!
- With your crayons, draw your scene. But leave out the sun!
- Color your picture again. Keep going over it until every place you've colored feels smooth and waxy.
5. Now picture your scene at night!
- Put a little water (about 1 inch deep) in your glass.
- Get your paintbrush wet, then put it in the blue or black watercolor.
- Put the paintbrush in the water. Did the water turn dark?
- Keep using your paintbrush to put paint in the water. You're making a color wash.
- Test out your wash by painting a stripe on the scrap paper. Does it look light or dark? It should be very dark.
6. How does your scene make you feel now?
- Don't try to paint around your crayon drawing. Paint right over your whole daytime scene.
- Make even strokes, but don't paint over the same areas twice.
- Your daytime picture "jumps out" of the night. It's all still there. When it gets dark, things only look different!