Let Nana help you as you embark on this easy acrylic painting journey. Learn some simple tips about color, and brush strokes. You’ll be amazed at how much fun you and your kids will have! It’s easier than you might expect!
Did you know that Nana has acrylic paint lessons? That’s right, there is more than just chalk pastels when it comes to our beloved Nana and I was thrilled to learn about her vast resources.
Acrylics are such a fun art medium that both kids and adults can enjoy. You don’t need to worry about going out and buying a bunch of expensive canvases, brushes, and paints. Nana gives you the recommended paint colors and canvas sizes, BUT she’s very adamant about using what you’ve already got on hand, even if it’s just your primary paint colors, paper, and a cheap set of brushes.
These are easy acrylic art lessons for kids, teens, and adults alike AND with the You ARE An Artist Clubhouse Membership you’ll have access to ALL of Nana’s acrylic art lessons!
*Just remember, Nana calls acrylics “forever paint” because they do not wash out of clothing once dry. So, be sure to have your kids wear a smock, apron, or even an old shirt to protect their clothing.
A Simple Start in Acrylics with Nana
If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.Vincent Van Gogh
The Simple Start in Acrylics lessons is the easiest of Nana’s acrylic paintings. These super-simple paintings live up to their name and were a big hit with my kiddos. They each took less than ten minutes and my daughter fell in love with the itty-bitty canvases.
She declared quite loudly at the kitchen table that she MUST have more teeny tiny canvases!
The children and I had such fun with a lesson on clouds, a sunflower, and a landscape! Their small size makes them less intimidating to young artists.
This also makes them ideal for beginner acrylic students!
Freedom Abstract Acrylic Lesson for Kids
Life is a great big canvas. Throw all the paint on it you can.Danny Kaye
The Freedom Abstract lesson is perfect for helping timid artists not be afraid to get paint all over their canvas. Nana always says that the only paint you should regret is the paint still on your palette!
Nana also says that a toddler makes the best abstract paintings, ha! I can image why!
Did you know that Sir Winston Churchill, the great British Prime Minister, started his artist career with a blue dot of paint on a canvas and was afraid to add more? He eventually overcame his fear and created over 550 paintings. My kids love that story and have told everyone in the family! So, overcome your own fear and make a messy abstract!
But remember, to be a true abstract you’ve gotta throw a bit of black in there!
Acrylic Backyard Birds
I paint as a bird sings.Claude Monet
You may remember our Chalk Pastels Bird Study with Nana back in February. Did you know that Nana also has Bird acrylic painting lessons? We loved learning extra tidbits from Nana about some of our favorite feathered friends.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.Pablo Picasso
My kiddos really got into the bird acrylics. They made them unique with their own artistic styles and personalities! Nana’s bird acrylic art lessons include:
- Blue Bird
My daughter painted over her initial Nuthatch painting and instead created a Vulture in a tree above a Crow and her nest. That’s one thing, among many things, that I love about acrylics. Once it’s dry, you can just paint over the entire canvas in whatever color paint you want and create something new!
She also only painted the bottom half of a crow!
Because she’s the ARTIST!
*The bottom end of her crow had some wonderful feather detail!
Lighthouse House Easy Acrylic Painting
Creativity takes courage.Henri Matisse
The Lighthouse is part of the Hymns art lessons. It’s inspired by the song “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less” and was such a joy to paint. Creating the night sky with splatter paint stars and then swirling the blues and whites to create the crashing waves was a lovely experience.
Master Classes Acrylics Painting Lessons
Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God.Rembrandt
The Master Classes Acrylics is where you’ll find Seasonal Tree Art with Nana!
*The Spring Tree is a chalk pastel video, but it is also in the Master Classes Lessons.
These lessons are where we REALLY got into color mixing! We had to because we ran out of brown paint! But, so long as you have your three primary colors plus white and black, you can create any other color you need!
Did you know that equal parts of red, blue, and yellow make a medium brown? If you need a darker brown, then just add more blue. If you need a warmer brown, then add more red or yellow!
My daughter painted over her fall tree and created a scene with a Magical Narwhal and Koi Fish! Her winter tree scene also contained the wedding of the fairy queen. It’s OK to let your kiddo be creative and add their own twist to their paintings.
Nana always reminds us that we ARE the artists!
Acrylics with Nana
The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.Michelangelo
The Master Classes also contain the Bird Nest Acrylic lesson. This was such an enjoyable tutorial. We all got lost in our own worlds of color as we listened to Nana take us slowly but surely through creating a bird’s nest filled with eggs!
It’s always exciting to see how everyone’s individuality comes out in their paintings!
Easy Acrylic Painting with Nana
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.Henry Ward Beecher
Our experience through Nana’s acrylic paint lessons was richly filled with color and creativity. Nana is so wonderful at taking your children step-by-step through the entire painting process. She encouraged us with every dip of our brushes.
Oh yes, mom, you can enjoy these lessons too! I did! And I can honestly say that I came away from these creative moments of stress-relief with joy and a renewed spirit each time.
So, get out your paints and join Nana on this colorful journey! What are you waiting for? After all, art is good for the heart and the soul.
Erin is a writer, blogger, and homeschooler to two intense kids. Her blog is filled with information to help you explore a child led education while making meaningful connections with your children. Discover favorite read alouds, seasonal books, games, art projects, hands-on activities, and learn to just breathe through the ups and downs of life. She loves nature, farm life, good books, knitting, new pens, and hot coffee. Erin is a contributing writer for Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers. Her work has also been featured on Simple Homeschool and Book Shark.