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Art For Families - June 22, 2021

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

Visual Investigation

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

Today we will be investigating colour, form, and texture! You will get to choose an item to be the subject of your artwork. Then, you will get to use all sorts of different materials to "describe" your item on the page. Draw or paint it, write notes about it, add pieces of string, fabric, or scrapbook paper that match the texture of your subject. At the end, you will have a wonderfully detailed mixed media peice!

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


TOTAL INFORMATION DRAWING: A type of art piece where the goal is to document as much information about the subject as possible. Can include things such as descriptive words, drawings of an object from multiple angles, or swatches of colour.

MIXED MEDIA: Using a combination of different materials to create a cohesive art piece.

TEXTURE: The quality of the surface. Texture in art is used to make our brains perceive what an art piece might feel like if touched.

Watch our YouTube for step-by-step demonstration!


You can download the instructions in an 11x17 pdf format here or the infographic here

What You Need: Mixed media paper, pencils, pens, assorted scrap paper like newsprint or kraft paper, chalk & oil pastels, watercolour tools, stamps & ink. (not everyone will have access to all of the supplies so feel free to substitute with items you have such as markers or pencil crayons and acrylic paint - go ahead and experiment!)

Step 1: First, get crafty making a textured background . Try ripping and gluing down pieces of newspaper or brown kraft paper, then laying a chalk pastel ground for some subtle colour.

Step 2: The focal point of your visual investigation is going to be a drawing of your object! You can try doing it in oil pastels, or perhaps with pens! You want to make this drawing the biggest thing on your page.

Step 3: Now we take it a step further. What can you add to your page that tells the viewer about the thing you just drew? Some ideas: write the name of it in various languages, use pastels to make a colour swatch, look up facts about your object and write them in list format.

Step 4: You can add other elements to your composition with watercolour, you can stamp descriptive words about your object… whatever you can think of! The end result is a lovely and interesting piece of mixed media art.

MAGsat visual investigation

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