Watercolor paints are some of the most accessible art materials out there. Any dollar store or grocery store carries them. Clean up is minimal. Two wins, right? What if I told you I have nine watercolor techniques for your kiddos to try that will bring new life to that tray of dried up watercolor paints?
Check out these nine creative ways of using watercolor paint. Allow your people to experiment and find even more new ways of using paint and paintbrush, or maybe even no paintbrushes at all!
When you think about visiting you local art museum with kids what images does that conjure up for you? Maybe a sweaty anxious mom worried that my kids are too loud, my kids don’t know proper etiquette, my kids might topple a priceless work of art. It’s a panicky world I live in, I know.
What if I told you planning some fun ahead of time along with a set of realistic expectations could make that gallery trip a success? You’re in, right?
If you read Kitchen Table Classroom often you know I adore turning trash into treasure. I love the idea of showing kids that anything can be art and I love not spending money to make stuff. Free art experiences are hard to beat. Using empty toilet paper and paper towel cardboard tubes to create a recycled sculpture is a fun and easy way to learn about building up.
Start saving those rolls, ’cause you’re gonna need a bunch! The good news is they are free, everyone has them, and they’re super easy to cut and manipulate.
Remember making an old fashioned leaf rubbing? We all did them when we were kids, right? Turning the crayon on it’s side, rubbing it over paper with a leaf under it, and watching the details of the leaf “magically” appear was a staple of fall arts and crafts time.
This simple leaf rubbing project is a new twist on an old favorite. Short materials list and an easy process make this an ideal project for any age or skill level.
Merriam Webster defines synonyms for creativity as cleverness, imaginativeness, giftedness, inventiveness, and originality, to name a few. Yes, that. That’s who I wanna be. The antonyms of creativity are dryness and dullness. Boo. Who would choose that? Use these free creativity quotes to remind you and your people not to take life too seriously, take risks, and think outside the box!
What I love about those definitions is nowhere is creativity defined as exclusive to the arts. Creative thinking isn’t just for “artists.” It’s a mindset that changes the way we see the world and view everyday problems.
These prints are full of texture and color are brought to you by the starring players crayon and sand paper. Crayon and sandpaper you say? That’s a weird combination. It may be but they team up to make an awesome monoprint.
A monoprint means you can make just one print from each printing plate. In this case your printing plate will be sandpaper that you have colored heavily with regular old crayons. This project can be as detailed as you want it to be. Non objective swatches of color or a graphic design; they both work here.
Wanna talk art history with your kids? Then ballerinas and race horses are a good place to start, right? Edgar Degas has lots to offer in terms of work that is kid friendly and sure to spur a conversation.
Everything you need is right here for an entire lesson Degas lesson. Read some books, look at his art work, write, and talk. Maybe your kiddo will even be inspired to make some work of their own.
“Ta ta, I’m off to make some collographs.” So fancy, right? While collograph may sound like a fancy art term the process itself is as simple (and gratifying) as can be.
A collograph is simply a print made from a collage of materials. So you’re looking to make a somewhat flat collage that can be rolled with ink or paint and then printed onto paper. In this case we used cardboard and focused on creating simple patterns. Follow along!