Can't make it to the art museum this summer? Well, create your own museum at home!
This is a perfect impromptu activity for the patio or driveway. All you need is space, inexpensive sidewalk chalk, a box of chalk pastels in a lovely range of colors...and a bunch of friends.
What's great about this project is that you get to own an original installation of art until you decide to have the artists close the exhibition with a few squirts of the hose!
Prepare the surface using inexpensive sidewalk chalk. We used white because Van Gogh's sunflowers are bright.
Draw what you see. This is a terrific opportunity to practice observation skills.
Color in the negative space (the background). Begin with colors slightly darker than the painting you are copying. This will add depth to the finished work.
Begin to fill in the details. As you do, be sure to experiment with colors. Don't use a single color. Use a range of analogous colors (colors that are neighbors on a color wheel) to simulate the rich layering that a painter such as Van Gogh might use.
Most of all... enjoy the process!