How to Paint a Jim Dine Heart with Kids

How to Paint a Jim Dine Heart with Kids

Jim Dine’s paintings of hearts are a great example of how to turn the ordinary into extraordinary. For this lesson I review how to mix colors using tempera, but I have to admit that I have a secret when it comes to mixing colors; I prefer using fuchsia instead of red. The violets and oranges always turn out more vivid.

To prevent students from mixing mud, I show how to load a brush with two complimentary colors, or one color plus white.  Next I model how to blend the paint using short feathery strokes right on the paper. Stop to reload only when all the paint is gone from the brush. The heart is painted first and the background second. I encourage expressive painting whenever possible and just let your brush do the work. The final details, like patterns and flowers, are made using a finer brush on the second day.

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