VanGo From Home: Colour My World

Dates: Thursdays: April 1 or April 15, 2021
Times: 9:30 am to 11:00 am
Ages: Grades 4 to 8
Location: Virtual via Zoom
Fees: Free (using materials from home) or $20.00/child (some materials provided by the MacLaren)

Inspired by Canadian artist Landon Mackenzie

Based on references to satellite imagery of the region, students will explore abstraction by creating a large artwork on watercolour paper using artist-quality watercolour paints, brushes, white oil pastel, wax resist and more. Using traditional watercolour techniques, the focus is on creating vibrant visual maps with an emphasis on colour theory, positive form and negative space, texture, line and transparency.


Materials Needed From Home:

  • One large sheet of watercolour or mixed-media paper
  • One colour print/photocopy of an aerial view of Ontario or Simcoe County (print from internet)
  • A blank sheet of white paper (8.5 x 11)
  • Watercolour or tempera paint set
  • Watercolour brush or any soft-bristle brush (can purchase from Dollar Store)
  • Low-tack green masking tape (can purchase from Dollar Store)
  • One white oil pastel or white wax crayon
  • Salt and dish-soap (with small containers to hold each)
  • Thin black sharpie marker
  • Pencil, eraser, scissors. ruler
  • Water
  • Paper towels or old rag
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Clear table to work