All week-long we will be sharing with you ways to see art, make art and go do things related to art in Lake County! We’ll cover everything from birthday parties to fairs, classes, activities and even some projects you can do it at home!
My kids all love doing art projects. Any kind of medium they love to create and of course hang every single masterpiece up. Below are three of our favorite projects that are easy for even the tiniest of hands and that produce art work that you’ll want to hang on your walls!
1. Eric Carle Inspired Pictures
This is a two-part project that is easy for toddlers as well as older kids and a great way to teach colors and shapes. I cannot find the tutorial we used but it’s similar to this one. I made a plate of each color squirting the shades as well as some white on top of each other. The kids would swirl (but not mix) the colors and then paint plain white paper in large strokes so you would get brush strokes as well as mixing of colors. The kids had lots of fun and even the youngest kids can paint big broad strokes. I would keep it simple by only having one color out at a time so they wouldn’t mix them all us leaving us with only grey and black canvases.
After the paint dries you cut them into shapes. For little ones you can cut them into basic shapes and let them make patterns and pictures from them. For older kids have them draw a picture (great for drying time) and then have them cut the shapes needed to make the pictures.
2. Canvas Art
The quickest and easiest and declared by my kids as the most fun! is canvas painting. I picked up a four pack of canvases at Target:
I love the new Kid Made Modern line available at Target. It comes with everything you need for a project and they are cool trendy projects, not your typical kid art kit. For this project I just set them loose with paint and the canvases and let them do whatever they wanted.
My six year old added jewels to the painting while it was wet to embellish it. Now we have wall ready art!
3. Easy Peasy Collages
Since my oldest was 18 months this has been one of our favorite and go to art projects. We customize it with colors and shapes to the season and use it for cards and gifts. It’s especially good for small toddler hands that are just learning to hold glue and scissors but want to craft like the big kids.
I keep a box of scrap-booking scraps as well as cutouts and magazine pictures. I give them different sizes of cardstock and they glue however they want.
They can do patterns, pictures whatever their imagination guides them. For valentines we made pictures using only hearts, at Christmas we use only green and red. There are lots of ways to customize it!
Three easy projects that will give you wall worthy art! Have you done any painting projects with your kids lately?