Summer Learning: Create Art
This summer I’m being super intentional with the first 90 minutes of our day. It’s during this time that we’re engaging in intentional learning together.
If you missed our first post in the series, you can find that here– Summer Learning: The Human Body.
Next up is all about art.
Art happens all day long in our house. Colored pencils, glue, markers, paper, and scissors are strewn about the house. My relationship with this is complicated: it drives me crazy and warms my heart. What’s a mom to do?!
This summer we’ve been creating time to be more intentional in our art.
Early in the summer, we spent a series of mornings with this really fun coloring with clay kit by Faber Castell. The idea is straightforward– instead of coloring in pictures with markers or crayons– you use clay! The kit comes with all you need: picture boards to fill-in, a wide variety of good-quality, colorful clay, tools, and tips on how to create a picture that turns out well. Kids have to spend a great deal of time and energy using their fine motor skills- pinching and twisting and flattening and smoothing. Great for kids who are interested in trying out a new medium!
Quilling (the art of swirled paper) is a fun art project for parents and kids to do side-by-side. If your kids haven’t tried it before, a tree is a great first project (like this cute one from Ginger Casa).
Also in the vein of unconventional ways to color in a picture, this time we used a mixture of sand and paint! The sand is inside the paint, so kids can squeeze the sandy paint right out of the bottles, making it super easy and having a relatively low-mess factor for younger kids. The kids enjoyed the templates provided in the kit, but they LOVED getting to create their own style with the blank sheets. This kit came with several different colors of paint, watercolors, creation tools, and art boards.
Kids of all ages love to be tricky, which is why optical illusions are so fun! It’s pretty easy to draw this optical illusion of a 3D hand. All you need is paper and markers!
My older girls loved this eraser-making kit from Klutz. It comes with a book and several blocks of eraser clay. You can follow the directions to piece together different erasers- cakes, footballs, sloths, trolls, or you can create your own. Bake them in the oven on low for a short period of time, let them cool, and ta-da! You have yourself a sweet set of erasers. The girls liked making these and giving them out to their friends.
All you need to teach your kids about pointillism are some Q-tips, paint, and thick white paper! The Artful Parent has a great post with some ideas about how to get started, and some different ideas to try out.
This is the book of the summer over here! Kids start out learning the basics of kawaii, and then learn how to draw #allthecutethings. It really never gets old. I love that they are having fun and learning a new style of drawing!
What fun things are you creating this summer? Share below!
A HUGE thanks to Faber Castell for the complimentary art kits to try out!
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