Painting Miniatures

Ever wonder how people paint those tiny plastic figures? It’s actually easier than you think. I started painting figures about four years ago. I began my hobby by using some cheap paints and old brushes to paint some knight statues I had. Over the next few months I purchased the correct model paints and some nice brushes and had fun with some World War Two figures. They ended up looking terrible since I only had five different colors and no experience.20190325_135921

Now before you go off and start painting everything in sight, listen to my words of wisdom. Not every paint works on miniatures, you have to use paint specifically made for model painting. The paintbrushes you use are also vital to the quality of the result; it affects the texture, thickness, and surface area, which is the difference from making a piece of plastic come to life or random shapes with color sloppily painted on. Usually the best time to paint miniatures or models, whichever you prefer to call them, is the weekend or whenever you have several hours of freetime. Paintbrushes aren’t the only method of painting models. You can use anything with small pointy tips for tiny details such as buttons or eyes or a belt. Another method is mainly for bigger models like vehicles or buildings, it is airbrushing! Airbrushes are good for evenly distributing paint on a surface quickly. Now you can take my advice and get a headstart on model painting.20190325_140143

My skills have increased to allow me to be able to paint things such as eyes the size of a mosquito. I have learned many different techniques, how to blend colors, adding shadow, how to make things look old and worn, etc. painting miniatures is a fun way to see the beauty in any color, even mustard yellow somehow!20190325_155721


Share Fair: Potpourri Category

Every January we kick off the new semester with the Share Fair. It’s like a Science Fair, but for ALL the things. Focusing on a variety of categories each week, students create projects and submit them for judging. Each category has its own rules and regulations. In addition to the wonderful judges, everyone gets to cast their vote for their favorite entry and we call it the People’s Choice. Week 1 focused on the following Potpourri Categories:

Lego, K’nex, Model & Tinkertoy Building

Each project in this category was evaluated based on difficulty level, originality, creativity, and construction.

This week’s winners for the Building category were:

Primary  Level (PreK-3rd grade)

1st place – Charlie B for his “Lego Scene” entry
2nd place – Phin B for his “Lego Scene” entry

Secondary Level (4th-8th grade)

1st place – Josh G for his “Arctic Animal Adventures” entry
2nd place – Josh G for his “Saving the Green Ninja” entry
3rd place – Josh G for his “Spaceship” entry


Duct Tape, Foam, and Craft Materials

The entries in this category were evaluated on originality, creativity, best use of materials, and the rules of presentation.

This week’s winners in the Materials category were:

Primary Level (PreK – 3rd grade)

1st place – Fiora B for her “fuse bead art” entry
2nd place – Charlie B for his “fuse bead art” entry

Secondary Level (4th-8th grade)

1st place – Memory S for her “Castle” entry

And the People’s Choice…Josh G for his “Arctic Animal Adventures”

Congratulations to all of the winners!


By Yoalan Orchid and Shadow Shaper

Art is a beautiful thing in our world, but it takes many forms. Everyone is creative and their creativity is expressed in different ways whether that be music, dance, problem solving, painting, cooking, etc. Art is also an aesthetic that combines cultures together. Art adds beauty and life to the world and people’s lives.

This month we are exploring some visual artwork! Here are some art pieces from some of the people right here at FACE including some from the staff here at The Scoop!

Photography by Yoalan Orchid
Photography by Yoalan Orchid
Artwork by Amy M.
Artwork by Izzi R.