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Keeping the Creativity at Home with MAGnificent Saturdays - January 23, 2021

Today's MAGnificent Saturdays art activity for you to do at home:

Northern Lights Mixed Media

Lines, lines, lines! We’re going to use all different kinds of lines to create the Northern Lights in today’s family art activity for #MAGsatathome. Grab your drawing tools and let’s get line-making!

Horizon Line- the place in a painting or drawing, where the sky and land meet.

Line - an element of art used to define shape, contours, and outlines. Lines also suggest mass and volume.

Lines may be a continuous mark made on a surface with a pointed tool or implied by the edges of shapes and forms. Lines can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal, straight, curved or free-form. They can be thick or thin, light or dark. Sometimes one line can be all of those things. Lines can be described in many waysdashed, dotted, rough, smooth, zig-zag, implied, etc.

Don't forget to tag us on Facebook, Twitter @RedDeerMuseum or Instagram @rdmag #MAGsatathome with your creations! We'd love to see them.

You can download the instructions here.

What You Need: 2 circles cut out of watercolour paper, ruler, hard pencil, eraser, ultra-fine tipped sharpie, dark blue, green, yellow, watercolour pencil crayons, container of water, small round watercolour brush, paper towel.

Step 1. Begin by lightly tracing with the pencil, the smaller circle in the centre of the larger circle. After, use your ruler to draw a horizon line in the bottom portion of the smaller circle.

Step 2. Above the horizon line, draw mountain like shapes.

*Try not to draw the mountains any higher than halfway so that you are left with lots of room for the northern lights! On the tops of your mountain, you need to draw a slightly wavy line on either the right or the left side of the mountain so that we can show depth with the lines.

Step 3. Add some trees. Remember that the trees closest to us are the biggest. Having the size of the trees get smaller as they recede in the distance, will help give a sense depth and distance!

Step 4. Using the sharpie, go over the lines you drew for your landscape. Drawing diagonal lines on the one side of the mountain will show shadows. Feel free to add other lines on the mountain and ground.

Step 5. Using the 3 watercolour pencil crayons, you can now add and colour in the northern lights! Once you have finished colouring, use the brush and a little bit of water to turn the colour into watercolours!

MAgsaturdays Northern Lights art instructions

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