My son does most of his work right on the floor. We use scrap boxes from a local retailer as “paint boxes.” In essence, the paint boxes hold all the painting supplies, protect the rug, and act as a workspace. When my son is not working on wet-on-wet Waldorf style paintings, he’s often using a technique that involves both crayons and paint. First, he will help select a subject matter for painting. For variety, we’ve shown him art books featuring Klee, Chagall, and a variety of other artists and associated paintings. Second, he will draw his own copy of the example painting on to his paper using crayons. This usually requires a lot of assistance! Next, he will paint over the crayon with paint. He uses Daler Rowney Watercolors for this. (We use Stockmar paint for all Waldorf-style paintings.) After a thick layer of paint has been applied to the crayon, he will pat the painting down with paper towel to remove excess paint. This is the big “Reveal” process, and he just loves whipping the paper away from the painting to see what transpires.

Working in the Paint Box

Working in the Paint Box

Paint box

Paint Box Setup

Chagall Copy Painting

Chagall Copy Painting

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