Painting with acrylics is much different than painting with water colors, oil-based paints or other mediums. Although it can be considerably messier than other mediums, it can also be quite beneficial when teaching children how to develop an image. In fact, the different techniques involved in painting with acrylics can help children discover their inner artist.
1. Color Mixing
Acrylic can be a great method for demonstrating how to obtain the perfect hues of colors by mixing in more of one shade and less of another. For instance, pink is obviously derived from using red and white. However, by using more white paint, you can get a lighter shade of pink. This type of color control and experimentation isn’t available with other forms of paint. Virtually any shade is possible when you have black, white and the six main colors in the rainbow.
2. Covering Mistakes
The thick nature of acrylic paint makes it easy to essentially erase any mistakes made while painting – a benefit that isn’t available with the majority of mediums. Of course, you want the area to be dry before trying to cover it up, since it could turn into a completely new color if you attempt to cover it up while the offending paint is still wet, but it can still be removed without a trace of the original color involved.
3. A Little Goes a Long Way
Artists only need small amounts of acrylic paint to reach their desired effects while paining. This can help teach children that you don’t have to use a lot of something to achieve what you want, and that it’s sometimes best to start with a little bit of something and then gradually add to it as needed.
4. Brush Strokes
While you can teach certain brush strokes using other mediums, acrylics are often easier to manage in a controlled manner. Water colors, on the other hand, tend to run together, and it can be difficult to create the same effect with oil paints. With acrylics, though, a fan brush can be used to create the leaf-covered branches of a tree, the wispy outlines of a cloud or the foaming tops of waves – it all depends on the project. Each different brush size can create a completely separate effect for a project. Teaching your children how to determine which is more ideal for the setting can engage them further and encourage future developments.
For the most part, acrylic paint is non-toxic, making it safe for children to use – as long as they’re not drinking it from the tube! This is why so many people use acrylic paint for face painting. Conversely, certain oil-based mediums can be toxic due to how they are developed. It’s not often that acrylic paint causes any of the afflictions oil-based paints cause. It is important to note that, depending on the type of acrylic you buy, your child could experience a slight rash if the paint is left on for any amount of time, though.
It’s important to teach your children different methods of expressing their creativity, and painting is one such avenue that lets children explore their creative side. It’s also a great way to bond with each other if you learn how to paint with them. You never know, by handing your child a paint brush, some paint and a canvas you may find that you have a budding Picasso on your hands!
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