Based on famous artist Joan Miro's painting: Lightning Bird Blinded by Moonfire.

In this art lesson, you will practice making different types of lines and texture marks with simple art materials. You will learn how to accelerate your drawing skills and become empowered to draw from observation. You will practice using watercolor to paint vibrant colors. And you will find your creative voice by making an original modern artwork.

Supplies Needed: pencil, eraser, white copy paper, print out of artwork (from PDF included), plastic sheet protectors and dry erase marker, crayons or oil pastels, watercolor paints, watercolor paper, brushes, water container, paper towels.

Age level: 5 to 95 year old


Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Part 1: Welcome & Supplies

    • How to Draw & Paint Like a Modern Artist, Part 1

    • Answer one question before we begin:

  • 2

    Part 2: A Brief History of Joan Miro

    • How to Draw & Paint Like a Modern Artist, Part 2

  • 3

    Part 3: Warm Up Project

    • How to Draw & Paint Like a Modern Artist, Part 3

    • Miro Warm Up Project Video 2

  • 4

    Part 4: Make an Original Modern Artwork

    • How to Draw & Paint Like a Modern Artist, Part 4

  • 5

    Course Completion Survey

    • Will you give me feedback about your experience?

Your Instructor

Artist, Graphic Designer & Art Educator

Brook Mesenbrink

After receiving my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and working as a graphic designer for several years, I fell in love with teaching art when I volunteered in my son's kindergarten class in 2007. My new passion led me to a career in teaching art and developing over 150 incremental art lessons for beginning and intermediate students. Through this process, I discovered that there is a natural progression to learning how to make art, which is similar to learning how to play a sport or a musical instrument. Once you master each level, you will gain confidence as your skills increase and your creativity will unfold naturally.