I love the idea of sketching and painting outdoors.
The kids also thought going to the park to do a little art sounded fun.
So, off we went.
The last day of our school year.
My quick sharpie sketch
Cool morning in the shade
...for me, that is.
The kids provided a few quick outputs with little focus and detail.
They really just wanted to enjoy the outdoors, catch guppies, untangle fishing lines, watch heron, and run through the wildflowers.
It was their last day of school after all!
We wrapped up the art session quickly, then simply enjoyed being at the park and lake.
Lesson learned: Next time we paint en plein air, we'll start somewhere less distracting--our yard, neighborhood walking trail. When we take a nature hike somewhere more novel, I'll have the kids bring their camera and snap their favorite shots of something they can sketch and paint later when they'll be more likely to focus on the task and concentrate on details.
We've had better success bringing nature indoors for art.
Now, time to start planning for next school year.