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Art For Families - June 2, 2021

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

Conté Crayon and Acrylic Paint

On Tuesdays at 11am we go "live" on our YouTube and Facebook pages with art for #families.

Today we will be using an eraser to draw with! After covering our page with charcoal, we will use an eraser and more charcoal to draw a still life we have set up to draw!

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


A paint that is opaque will give a solid colour, one that you cannot see through.

Canvas paper is a heavyweight paper with a textured, coated surface that closely replicates the finished surface of a canvas.

Gesso is similar to white acrylic paint, only thinner. It dries hard, making the surface more stiff. Gesso prepares (or primes) the surface for painting.

Watch our YouTube for step-by-step demonstration!


You can download the instructions in a pdf format here.

What You Need: sheet of canvas paper prepared with a mixture of black gesso and acrylic medium*, stick of white conte crayon, various acrylic paints, brushes, water, paper towel, palette. *more gesso than medium

Step 1.  Using your conté crayon, draw organic shapes on your canvas paper. Try to have some shapes touch and/or go off the page.

Step 2. Place some colours of paint, including white, on your palette. When painting with acrylic paint, start with less paint on your palette and add more as needed!

Step 3. Take some paint from one puddle and start a new puddle. Wipe your brush off on the paper towel, grab a different coloured paint and mix it with the first colour.

*Every time you get a new colour, you should wipe your brush off on the paper towel and periodically swish your brush in the water to really get your brush clean!

Step 4. Paint all the sections between your white lines. Try to keep your white lines intact.

*Adding white to any of your colours will make them more opaque and prevent you from needing to add more than one coat of paint to a section.

Step 5. When your paint is dry, take a damp piece of paper towel and remove the white lines leaving behind a bold, black, outline!

conte crayon and acrylic paint art project

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