Art doesn’t have to be sophisticated or fancy or require advanced technical skill to be totally worth making. I love introducing kids to art processes that are spontaneous and somewhat random in their results. One, because everyone is successful and who doesn’t love that? And two, because it’s fun. This paper marbling definitely fits the bill.
So we’ve got an art process that is fun, and easy, and also a sure thing success wise. The other bonus is this one requires no fancy materials. Really, this paper marbling doesn’t require any art supplies at all. Everything you need will be right in your pantry!
Is teaching art at home intimidating? What if I told you that simply offering a selection of art supplies (and books, always books) to you kids and letting them explore was enough?
Although there is a time for formal art instruction I don’t feel childhood is that time. Childhood is the perfect time for kids to revel in the joy of making just for the sake of making. Allowing kids time and freedom to explore will naturally build their skills and confidence. Here are a few simple supplies you can keep handy to facilitate that joyful making, even if you don’t consider yourself an artist!
If you’ve got a short list of art supplies oil to keep available for your kiddos oil pastels should make the cut. They’re cheap, crazy vibrant, and can be used in dozens of ways! This technique, however, is a new one on my radar.
Oil pastels rate so high because they are brighter than crayons, blend easier, and because of that “non drying” thing a little messier. Coloring with oil pastels can be a little like painting. As colors build up and layer they begin to mix together, much like paint in a mixing tray. Here we’re going to add one more little ingredient to really bring the paint magic to this project!
When I was in college I had a special crockpot just for wax. A little electric skillet was specially reserved for heating little glass jars of colored wax. I no longer have such specialty gear as the time I devote to such projects no longer warrants it. But I do remember that hot wax is a fun medium. Melted crayon is the perfect way to introduce your kids to the fun of encaustic painting.
Say it with me…encaustic painting. Do you feel smarter and more cultured already? Encaustic painting is just painting with wax. But sometimes those fun, new words can make something as simple as using melted crayon to make art feel extra special.
Have you heard of dichroic glass? It’s a colorful, artsy type of fused glass often used to make pendants and fancy schmancy jewelry you might find in an art gallery gift shop. It’s good lookin’ stuff.
True dichroic glass is created by layering glass and metal oxides and firing them in a glass kiln, sometimes multiple times. The iridescent glass that results is beautiful but the process is out of reach for most at home crafters.
Using a few kid friendly (and budget friendly) craft supplies we managed to create a fused glass look alike that is accessible to everyone!
If you’ve been the to The Kitchen Table Classroom before you may have caught on that printmaking is just about my favorite art process. There are just so many different techniques and materials that an artist can use; each of which produce drastically different results.
What I love about this particular printing process is the super small materials list and the fact that the results are so sophisticated. And if your kiddo finds they especially love this there are so many amazing extensions to this project!
Don’t we all have memories of blowing bubbles as a kid? It’s a classic kid activity. I also have some pretty sweet mom memories of blowing bubbles when my kids were just square, chubby toddlers. This bubble recipe takes blowing bubbles to the next level.
These bubbles, though, they’re big. Making them isn’t passive. This bubble recipe results in a whole body activity that calls for standing, moving, and playing! It’s just as tempting to adults as it is for kiddos. It’s just the kind of fun summertime ordered.
Teaching art should be fun. It should be easy because there is no right answer. Sometimes I think that’s the part that trips us grown ups up. No right answer. How do we know when we’re done, if we did it right, if it’s good? Check out this list of art books to help you teach art to you kiddo and maybe make some art yourself; even if you don’t consider yourself an artist!
As a homeschool mom I’m responsible for teaching my kids every subject. (I know it sounds crazy, but we love it!) For me teaching the visual arts is the icing on the cake. In another lifetime I was an elementary art teacher and the need to “make” still runs strong in me.