Exposure to art, creativity and art education can have an important impact in a child’s life. John M. Barber discovered his destiny at the age of seven while visiting North Carolina’s Atlantic shore and watching an artist creating a lighthouse and the vast sea beyond. Years later, he studied art in Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. There he was introduced to the nearby Chesapeake Bay, where he fell in love with the sea and the story of the Chesapeake and its people.
Barber’s work is a great reference for any art education teacher. He painted more than 500 pieces of art illustrating the bay’s every aspect. While he also painted other subjects, the effect of light on his scenes always captivated him. Inspired by Barber’s creations, children can learn how to create light on their own artwork. Often, organizations and individuals commission Barber scenes imagined by them. John Barber creates the scenes, but he always imprints the pictures with his creativity and unique style.
What Kids Can Learn From Barber
(Art for Kids)
Barber’s work is about environment and all his paintings have a beautiful glow of light in them. Children can learn about a technique called bull’s eye painting from the art of John Barber. In bull’s eye painting the main subject is painted with a light color while darker colors are painted around the outside. This effect directs the viewer’s attention to the main object of the painting.
John M. Barber: Painter, inspired by “A Winter’s Evening on the Hill”
Art for kids needs to be fun and creative. The wax resist method is an easy technique that challenges the children while they learn to create light on a painting. Children can draw a seascape using a white or light color crayon. After wetting the paper with clear water they can paint the picture with watercolor. Starting with yellow at the center of the paper they can add darker colors in a circular fashion creating light on the painting while revealing their drawing.
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