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Art Worksheet: Grey Scale
A collection of free art worksheets for various painting exercises.
Details of the painting exercise each art worksheet is intended for can be found with the worksheet.
These art worksheets have been designed to print out on your computer's printer. If you're going to paint on the worksheet, it's recommended you check that the ink in your printer is waterproof and that you print it on a sheet of watercolor paper rather than normal printer paper.
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Color Theory Lesson: Primary and Secondary Colors Triangle
This art worksheet is for use with the Color Theory Lesson on primary and secondary colors, to show that three primary colors produce three secondary colors. It's color mixing theory at it's most basic, an easier-to-understand version than the traditional color wheel.
Print the color mixing triangle out and trace it onto a sheet of watercolor paper or, if your printer has waterproof ink in it, print it directly onto a sheet of watercolor paper.
Paint the three primary colors in the corners of the triangle as shown -- red, yellow, and blue. Then mix them together to create the secondary colors (orange, green, and purple) as show in this finished, painted triangle. For step-by-step instructions, see How to Paint a Color Theory Triangle.
The first color triangle is attributed to the French painter Delacroix. A notebook of his dating from around 1834 has drawing of a triangle with the three primaries written in as rouge (red) at the top, jaune (yellow) on the left, and bleu (blue) on the right, plus added the three secondaries as orange, violet, and vert (green). Delacroix adapted the triangle from a color wheel in an oil painting handbook by J.F.L. Mérimée, a painter he knew.1
• What You Need to Know About Color Theory for Painting
• Color Mixing Tips
1. Colour and Culture by John Gage. Thames and Hudson, London, 1993. Page 173.
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Art Worksheet: Color Mixing
Use this color mixing worksheet to paint a color chart of two colors mixed with one another and with white. Print it to trace it onto a sheet of watercolor paper (or thick sketching paper). Or, if your printer has waterproof ink in it, print it directly onto a sheet of paper.
When you're painting up the chart, don't stress about getting each square neatly filled exactly to the edges and without going over any line. This isn't part of a coloring-in contest!Continue to 5 of 17 below.
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Art Worksheet: Painting a Sphere 1
This art worksheet goes with the tutorial on Painting Basic Shapes: Sphere.
The difference between painting a circle and a sphere is the use of shading. By having a series of values (or tones) from light to dark, as shown here, what you paint looks like a sphere or ball. The values are shown here as distinct bands simply to make it clear; when you paint them blend the edges of the values into one another so there are no sharp transitions between them.
This sphere art worksheet has the light coming from the traditional Western realist angle -- 45 degrees from the left above you. You may find it easier to visualise as the light coming over your left shoulder. This creates a shadow on the right-hand side of an object. A sphere is the basic shape of many things, for instance an apple, orange, or tennis ball. Being able to paint a realistic basic sphere is the first step in painting these realistically.
Print this worksheet for reference, then print the outline sphere art worksheet which has a grid for painting a value scale and guidelines on the sphere for painting in the values to create a sphere.
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Art Worksheet: Painting a Sphere 2
This art worksheet goes with the tutorial on Painting Basic Shapes: Sphere.
This is an outline version of the Art Worksheet on Painting a Sphere, with a grid for painting a value scale and guidelines on the sphere to help you paint in the values. Print it directly onto a sheet of watercolor paper (make sure your printer has waterproof ink!) or else print and trace it onto a sheet of watercolor paper.
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Art Worksheet: Negative Space
This art worksheet goes with the Negative Space Tutorial.
Negative space is the space around or between objects. Use this worksheet to draw or paint in the negative space of the word "paint". Print it out and trace it onto a sheet of watercolor paper, or, if your printer has waterproof ink, print it directly onto a sheet of watercolor paper.
The exercise is to teach you see shapes around objects, so don't draw the outline of the letters first and then color in the space . The aim is to see shapes, not outlines. Focus on the shapes around and between the individual letters in the word and paint these. (Or to demonstrate visually, don't do this, do it like this.)
Do the exercise twice, the second time without looking at the printed word. If you have trouble with this exercise, start by painting in the negative space around the printed word in the top line. Think this is too easy? Then give it a try with this classic word from the Mary Poppins film: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
Negative Space: What it is and How to Use it in a Painting
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Art Worksheet: Apple Painted with Expressive Brush Strokes
Use this color mixing worksheet to practice painting in an expressive style. (See What is an Expressive or Painterly Style?)
Print it to trace it onto a sheet of watercolor paper (or thick sketching paper). Or, if your printer has waterproof ink in it, print it directly onto a sheet of paper.
The arrows on the worksheet indicate the basic structure of the apple. Paint the three arrows that give the outline of the apple first, then the arrows running across the width of the apple. Use a wide brush, or knife and resist blending the edges of the marks you're making. Instead paint over what's already there, repeating the sequence until you're satisfied with the result.
On my painted version of this art worksheet you can see I added some background and foreground. I painted it using a knife and when I wanted to change color, I wiped the knife clean in the area that would be the foreground.Continue to 9 of 17 below.
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Art Worksheet: Painting Reflections in Watercolor
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Paint a Mondrian-Style Geometric Abstract
"Color exists only through another color, dimension is defined by another dimension, there is no position except in opposition to another position." -- Mondrian
Create your own version of a Mondrian geometric painting, using this numbered diagram as the template.
Think Piet Mondrian and you think of large paintings with asymmetrical rectangles of primary colors on a grid of strong black lines. It's hard to imagine that he began as a landscape painter and was influenced by Fauvism, Symbolism, and Cubism on his way to his characteristic abstractions.
"In order to survive, Mondrian had been a painter of flowers on porcelain for practically his whole life. Perhaps this explains his hatred of nature. ... [Mondrian] suppressed curves and all greens because they reminded him of trees, which he loathed. ... In 1924 the artist broke away from Theo van Doesburg, who ... maintained that the slanted line at a 45-degree incline better corresponded to the dynamism of modern man." (Art of Our Century, ed Jean-Louis Ferrier, page 429.)
You will need:
• A printout of the template.
• Paint in the following colors: black, white, red, blue.
• A brush. You may find it easier to use a large and a small brush for the large/small areas labeled 1 through 3. Or a separate brush for colors 1 through 3.
What you're going to do:
• Print out the template and paint it directly, or use it as a guide to mark lines on a larger sheet of paper or canvas.
• Decide which colors you are going to use for numbers 1 through 3. Black should be reserved for the areas marked 4.
• Paint in each area in its designated color, taking to care to ensure that your lines are straight and that colors are not put into incorrect areas.
• To get perfectly straight lines, use masking tape to ensure that the paint doesn't drift over where it's not wanted.
• Instead of painting in the black stripes, buy some black duct tape and put this down instead. Be sure to buy it in the right width, as it's difficult to cut a length of tape in half evenly.
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Art Worksheet: Linocut Christmas TreeContinue to 13 of 17 below.
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Art Worksheet: Pear Diamond Design Card
Printable formats available:
• Large Card with Diamond Grid (fold sheet in half to make up a card)
• Large Card Without grid (fold sheet in half to make up a card)
• Small card without grid (two on a page, fold sheet and cut in half to make up two cards).
Use this art worksheet to paint a card with a Pear Diamond design, as explained in these instructions. Either print the outline of the card onto a sheet of watercolor paper, ready for painting, or print and trace it.
Note: Depending on your printer, the Large Card with Diamond Grid will print with a blank space on the right-hand side edge. If you don't like the white space once you've painted your card, consider adding some gold paint for a gilded edge or continue with diamonds to the edge. Or print the card on a sheet of paper with a deckle edge on that side. Think of it as a spot for extra creativity for the card maker in you.
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Art Worksheet: Christmas Card
Use this digital watercolor of a stained glass window from St George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa as the basis for a Christmas card by printing this outline on a sheet of watercolor paper using waterproof ink. (Or print it out and trace it.) Paint it with watercolor and you'll end up with a pen-and-wash Christmas card.
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Art Worksheet: Lino Print of Van Gogh's Bedroom
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Art Worksheet: Reduction Linocut Print of a TreeContinue to 17 of 17 below.
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Art Journal Pages
Record your painting ideas, favorite artists, likes and dislikes, using this collection of printable art journal pages: