FREE LESSON: Coco Chanel’s, CHANEL No. 5
PAINTING COCO CHANEL'S SIGNATURE PERFUME, CHANEL NO. 5
With Mother's day just around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to share one of my favourite art lessons with you!
This week we will study the iconic fashion designer, COCO CHANEL.
(Please note: These lessons have been designed for kids but adults are always welcome to get involved too!)
A LITTLE BITE OF HISTORY
Chanel No. 5 is one of the most iconic perfumes in the world! Why the No. 5? One day Coco Chanel visited a fortune teller who told her that this was her lucky number!
- Want to read more about Coco Chanel? Click here.
- Read more about Coco Chanel’s signature scent, Chanel No. 5, here.
Collect some flowers and fruits in a small bowl. Smell them!
What do they smell like?
How do they make you feel?
If you were to design your own perfume, what would you want it to smell like and why?
Write down some adjectives describing how the different smells made you feel (e.g. happy, confident, beautiful, etc).
Think of colours associated with the words that you wrote down in the last step. For example,
“When I smelt the rose it made me feel beautiful. PINK reminds me of the word beautiful.”
“The scent of the lemon made me feel happy. YELLOW is a happy colour!”
This activity might help you to decide which colours you might want to use in your painting.
You will need:
- 1 tea towel
- 1 medium-sized paintbrush
- 2-3 light coloured paints
- 1 dark coloured paint
- A water cup
- A small canvas (anything bigger than A5)
- A pencil
- Some A4 paper
- Our Chanel No. 5 perfume bottle template (click here to download)
- Glitter and sequins to decorate
Step 1: The Background
Squeeze your paint colours directly onto your canvas. Spread out the colours with your paintbrush until they fill all the empty spaces. Try not to mix the colours, let the edges touch but let them sit side-by-side.
What do you think about how the colours look against each other?
Once you are happy with your background set it aside and leave it to dry.
Step 2: Drawing Practice
Use your pencil and your piece of paper to sketch the shape of the Chanel No.5 perfume bottle. Use our template as a guide (below). Do this a few times until you feel confident to draw the shape of the bottle.
Step 3: Painting
Once you feel confident, use your dark coloured paint to paint the outline of the perfume bottle with your paintbrush in the middle of your canvas.
Don’t be nervous about wanting to get it right. Give it a go! If you make a mistake you can always paint over the outline until you are happy with your work. Artists make changes to their paintings all the time!
Step 4: Adding Detail
Use your dark coloured paint to paint a name on to the bottle. You can make your details exactly like Chanel No. 5 perfume, or you can be creative! We’ve chosen to name our bottle, COCO CHANEL. You could even try painting your own name!
Step 5: Adding More Detail
Use your glitter and sequins to decorate your painting. Carefully place, or gently scatter, your decorations on to your canvas while the paint is still wet. The glitter and sequins will stick to the paint and you won’t need to use any glue!
Step 6: Adding the Final Touches
Using the other end of your paintbrush (the end with no bristles) carefully draw the Chanel logo (see image below). This is one technique you can use to add more texture to your painting.
And there you have it, your very own Chanel No. 5 artwork! Here are a couple of creations from my students...
I hope you enjoyed this art lesson! It is one of my absolute favourites and I cannot wait to share more lessons with you soon. Also, I would absolutely love to see what you create! Please send any photos of your art to email@example.com.
Lots of love
Click here to download our CHANEL No. 5 perfume bottle template
- Along Came Coco, A Story About Coco Chanel by ECoco Chanel
- Coco Chanel, Genius by Jane Kent
- Coco Chanel, Little People, Big Dreams by: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Still keen for more? Here are some more FREE DOWNLOADS!
Click here to download your FREE Coco Chanel colouring sheet.
The Little Black Dress
Coco Chanel also made popular the idea of the LBD (Little Black Dress), which women could wear all day long, by simply complementing them with various accessories. She proved that black can be elegant.
If you have dreamed of becoming a fashion designer like Coco Chanel, start your practice with our FREE Little Black Dress template, and decorate your own beautiful dress! Click here to download.
Here at @alittlebitestudio, we use classic artworks and techniques to inspire little + big creatives to observe closely, think critically and discuss respectfully. We believe Art appreciation builds confidence, problem-solving and social skills, and has a positive impact on all areas of life.