we help adults teach art to kids

Rouault Inspired Royalty Painting


This art project is adapted from one the Arts Attack video art lessons. The main goal of this lesson is to teach the double-loading technique. As the students dip their paintbrushes first in one color, then another, a special affect is created. George Rouault was a master at creating light in his paintings. Many of his pieces look like stain-glass, which is the affect we are trying to achieve.

I hand out playing cards to each student and then teach them how to approach drawing the top half of the card. We start with a very small brush and black tempera paint mixed with a bit of water. No pencils, erasers or markers…straight in with the paint!

At first, the kids freak out, but then after I show them how to start with the head, then the hair, profile and then shoulders, they get to see that it’s just a matter of lines. Of course, I always stress that they can make no mistakes and whatever happens, is exclusively theirs alone.

By the end of the first lesson, most kids are ready to move onto the second stage.

I put out 6 tempera paint colors that will blend nicely with one another and when mixed, will form a new color. (red, blue, yellow, purple, white and green)

The students paint each section of their work a different color, focusing on creating layers of paint with their brush. I tell them to look for the two colors when they apply their double loaded brush to the page. The colors shouldn’t be mixed.

The final step is to repaint the black lines.
This is a very impressive project and surprisingly enough, only takes two one-hour lessons to complete.


  1. I love this project! Great inspiration !
    I’m trying it now with my fourth graders


    October 29, 2008

  2. I was searching through your labels the other day and came across this. Love it! We did it today, and I posted our pictures. 🙂

    Sun-Kissed Scholars

    October 6, 2009

  3. Oh Goodness! I love this soooooo very much! I am going out today to buy playing cards, so I can do this tomorrow with my 5th graders! I have a 3 week window to do this with them, before Spring Break… I can't wait!


    March 15, 2010

  4. Patty ,
    Hi .thank you so much for your inspriational ideas .I am a Art teacher in A ustralia .Just a question on your Rounalt inspired painting .
    1- I am confused .what size paper did you use for this activity .
    2- When you are describing double loaded brush,does this mean that when painting the pictures they dip their brush in 2 colours before applying to the paper
    they paint their picture one colour and then in the second layer another colour .
    3- I teach Grades 1-6 .I am trying to find for the beginning lessons for next year ( we start school in Feburary ) on mixing colours .Do you have any particular favourites ?
    again thank you for your inspirational site .All the best over the festive season .Its summer here and we will all be going to the beach !!
    Laura Machlin

    laura Machlin

    December 8, 2010

    • Hi Laura!
      I love this lesson. Definitely one of my favorites. I use 12″ x 18″ regular drawing paper. The double load technique is exactly what you said in the first example. With paintbrush into one color (say red), then without painting anything, dip brush again in another color (say blue). Paint onto paper. It’s a great technique for blending colors. I have a few color mixing lessons: Colorwheel Flowers (1st) Colorwheel Fish (2nd), Tint and Pattern Circles, Colorwheel Clowns, etc.
      Have fun in sunny Australia!


      December 8, 2010

  5. I love the double dipping effect! I did this with my 6th grades this week with great success! Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas!


    February 29, 2012

What do you think?

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *