KIDS: Joy Newton Art Lesson

Joy Newton Art Lesson

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Joy Newton's Art Lesson
If you want to become a scientific illustrator or artist, you must chose and look at your subject carefully before you begin to paint. I actually like to spend time studying the plant or bird closely before I paint it.
My studio is filled with books on plants, birds, insects and nature and I use them as a reference all the time.  You will find that there are many different ways to paint or draw your subject. You may stipple (create lots of dots), line drawing, paint in watercolor, or even charcoal pencil.  Below you will find samples of all of the different techniques that can be used to draw a leaf.
Go outside and clip a leaf from a tree, or  pick up a stick from the street. Examine it closely.  Look at the detail.  Take a pencil and sketch what you see. 
{Beginning Leaf Sketch Outline}
Try using the different techniques.
When you have an outline, begin filling in the detail. After you are satisfied with the detail, try adding some color to your drawing.
{Leaf Sketch with Detail and Color Added}
Now, you have the potential to be an illustrator too.
I would love to see all of your creations.  Please send or email them to my studio. I will pay close attention to all of them and I will get back to you!
Enjoy your talent!
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Joy Newton's Studio: Joy Newton Designs, Post Office Box 16, West Granby, CT 06090
While this lesson is for sighted students, artistic expression is not restricted or prevented by physical handicaps. The following links provide resources that might help you develop your own art.
Art for the Blind, by Kathleen Lang - Art appreciation and lessons for the blind.
Art Beyond Sight - Network, learn teach and change
Blind Art - Encouraging the participation and interaction of the visually impaired in the visual arts.
Art News Blog - Art News Blog is a selection of visual art news, art reviews and art related stories online.
Art for the Blind in New York City - The Metropolitan Museum of Art Offers Special Programs
Art for the Blind - Feel the Art
Arts Empowerment  - Arts Resources and People who are Blind or Low-visioned
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