Masterpiece: a work done with extraordinary skill; especially a supreme intellectual or artistic achievement.
The art work of your young children while skipping school on a Monday afternoon.
Here is a very simple art project you can try with your little ones. Please remember that you can increase or decrease the level of difficulty depending on their age (please refer to the bottom of linked post to read the importance of modifying level of difficulty). My children range from ages 6 to 10, but I have done this particular project with children as young as 2 and a half. I will note two versions as we go along.
What you will need:
Brown, red, yellow, orange and blue paint
Paint brush or sponge brush
Drawing paper or water colour paper
Brown paper bag
Q-tips (preschooler method)
Blue construction paper (preschooler method)
Thick cardboard (optional)
Masking tape (optional)
Start by taping down your sheet of paper on thick cardboard or working
surface. This will prevent shifting and reduce buckling of the paper.
Paint the entire surface of the paper with your blue paint. Your
paint will need to be very watery. Spread the paint with even
horizontal strokes (this method is called a 'wash' in art terms).
Preschooler method: Use a blue piece of construction
paper or prepare the surface for your child ahead of time.
Dip the end of the straw into the brown paint (again, the paint
has to be fairly watery in order for this to work). Block the
top of the straw with your finger to trap the paint and gently
release your finger so the paint drips onto your paper.
Use the straw as a paintbrush to guide the paint up for a straight line
(this will be the trunk). Drip more paint onto the paper and start
blowing upwards (this will form the branches of the tree) guiding the
paint wherever you want the branches to be. Blow as high as the paint will go.
Note: while waiting for the blue paint to dry, the children had practiced
on a scrap piece of paper to get the hang of it. If your little ones just
can't wait, you can use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process.
Preschooler method: Follow the instructions as above, but instead
of using a straw to transport the paint, your child can use an eye
dropper (try not to put too much paint into the dropper)
Once the children felt they had the technique down
pat they proceeded to start on their 'good copy'
Here is a close up of one of the trees (notice how the paint spreads and
is darker in some areas, giving the tree dimension in the form of shading)
Have your child rip open the brown paper bag
and crumple it up, giving it some texture
Preschooler method: cut open your bag and have your
child crumple up the bag (they will enjoy doing this)
With your sponge or brush, dab the red, yellow and orange
paint throughout the bag ramdomly. You want to have the
colours mix together but not to become a uniform colour
Preschooler method: have your child dab the paint with a brush
or using finger paint, let them dip their fingers in and go at it.
Alternatively, you can skip this entire method altogether and use
a Q-tip to dab little dots onto the tree to represent the leaves
Let paint dry; fold paper a couple of times and cut out several leaves
Separate the leaves, apply glue...
...and start gluing them onto your tree branches.
Continue to do this until your branches are full of
leaves. You can glue as little or as many as you like.
Once you are done, gently remove tape from the outer edges and display!
And here was our inspiration for this little project.
The children couldn't wait to show their art work to their Daddy!
I hope you have fun trying this project with your little ones.
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