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Footprint Ghosts

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Submitted by: Laurie Shaw

Children use their feet to make ghost decorations for Halloween.

Goals:

  • To promote creative thinking
  • To encourage organizational and planning skills

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: white paint, construction paper, a small paint roller, glitter glue, wiggly eyes and other decorative items.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Lay out plastic or newspaper to protect the floor.

Step 2.
Using a paint roller, gently roll white paint onto the bottom of the children’s feet.

Step 3.
Have the children carefully stand on a piece of construction paper, placed on a hard surface.

Step 4.
Decorate the ghosts using wiggly eyes, glitter glue or any other decorative items.

Furthermore:
Have the children compare and discuss the different shapes and sizes of each other’s footprints.

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Painting with Jackson Pollock

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Submitted by: Christie Castagno

After introducing children to artist Jackson Pollock, they create their own Jackson-Pollock-style abstract painting.

Goals:

  • To learn some simple information about artist Jackson Pollock and how he painted pictures
  • To become familiar with the terms “abstract painting” and “motion painting”
  • To experience painting by moving
  • To introduce the concept that different artists have different “styles”

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: BioColor® paint in many different colors, canvas panels, paint brushes, paint cups and smocks.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Give the children a simple lesson about Jackson Pollock and how he painted. Explain the difference between abstract art and realistic art, and that there are many different ways to paint (see website under “Furthermore” for more information).

Step 2.
Provide each child with a canvas panel. Have them choose a single solid color and paint the entire panel that color. (Or, use color canvas panels) Allow to dry overnight.

Step 3.
Take the children outside and set up all painting materials in an area when they can get a little messy. Provide smocks, if possible.

Step 4.
Have the children throw, splatter and drip paint on their canvases. Their goal should be to paint without touching the paintbrush to the canvas. Paint your own canvas as an example for the children – and to get in on the fun!

Furthermore:
Visit jacksonpollock.org to experiment with making digital Jackson Pollock art. Remind children about the difference between abstract art and realistic art.

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Painting With Nature

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Submitted by: Carrie Dunn

Find and use interesting natural items to paint a picture!

Goals:

  • To explore different textures within nature
  • To explore color mixing
  • To practice using descriptor words
  • To practice using fine motor skills

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: BioColor® paint, art paper, paper plates or paint trays and various items collected from nature.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Lead a nature walk outside to gather items to use to paint with. Provide the children with a small bag to use to collect their items. Some items could be assorted leaves, flowers or small twigs and branches.

Step 2.
Pour various colors of BioColor® paint onto paper plates or plastic art trays.

Step 3.
Dip a nature item into the paint, then carefully use the nature item to paint onto the art paper.

Step 4.
Add or mix additional colors onto the picture. Use multiple nature items to create different effects.

Furthermore:
Discuss the different effects that various nature items have when they are used to paint on art paper. Does it make a difference if the item is soft, hard, rough or smooth?

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Giant Golf Ball Painting

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Submitted by: Jamie Toriello

Go BIG and take marble painting to a new level!

Goals:

  • To introduce and practice teamwork skills
  • To practice coordination

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: a plastic kiddie pool, used/old golf balls (check local golf shops) and a variety of paper and BioColor® paint colors.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Place sheets of paper at the bottom of the pool, somewhat in the center.

Step 2.
Squirt multiple colors of BioColor® paint around the edges of the pool. Try to be aware of and use colors that will mix with each other to create new colors.

Step 3.
Place multiple golf balls in the pool.

Step 4.
Have the children line up around the pool and grab the side. Encourage them to work together to get the golf balls to run into the paint and over the paper.

Step 5.
When finished, display your beautiful masterpieces and use a hose to rinse the pool!

Furthermore:
Do this activity several days in a row to see how the children’s improves given more practice. Ask them what they’ve learned about mixing colors. What are some of their favorite colors to make?

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Watercolor Canvas Creations

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Submitted by: Melanie Rivard

Feel like a real, grown-up artist but without the mess!

Goals:

  • To learn how to use watercolor pencils on canvas to create colorful pictures
  • To learn that art you create can be used to decorate a home
  • To learn that artwork can bring happiness when given away as a gift

Before You Start:
Gather materials needed: Canvas panels, watercolor pencils, paint brushes and water bowls.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Provide children each with a canvas panel and their choice of watercolor pencils. Have the children draw whatever they wish to draw on the panel. If they don’t wish to draw something specific, suggest that they draw shapes or patterns. Encourage them to use lots of colors.

Step 2.
When the drawings are complete provide the children with paint brushes and water. Have the children paint over their drawings using the water. The colors will start to spread, similar to watercolor paint.

Step 3.
Place the paintings on a safe surface to dry for about an hour.

Step 4.
The children can bring their paintings home or give them as a gift. Either way, they are sure to bring happiness!

Furthermore:
Share this activity with the children by creating your own piece of art. Everyone’s art will carry a special memory of having worked alongside each other while being creative and having fun.

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Spray Paint Art

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Submitted by: Amy Nunley

This is a great open-ended activity for developing motor skills and teaching color blending.

Goals:

  • To teach about color blending
  • To develop fine motor skills

Before You Start:
Gather your materials: spray bottles, several different colors of Liquid Watercolor™ and a large old white sheet you are no longer using. Cut the sheet in half and fill your spray bottles ahead of time. Hang the two halves of the sheet on a fence, approximately 1-1/2 feet above the ground.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
Take children outside and show them the spray bottles with paint and the sheets you have placed on the fence. Explain how to spray the sheets (not each other).

Step 2.
Demonstrate how to spray more than one color of paint on one of the sheets. Point to what is happening on the sheet, and talk about what happens when the colors blend together.

Step 3.
Let the children have fun spraying the different colors on the sheets until all of the white space on the sheets has been covered.

Step 4.
Allow to dry in the sun.

Step 5.
Once dry, drape the sheets from the ceiling, make curtains, table cloths, or let the children use as capes or other props for dramatic play.

Furthermore:
By hanging the sheets against something with a pattern, such as a chain link fence, and allowing it to dry there, it will create a pattern on the sheet when dry. You may also provide children with screens or sponges to use with the paint on the sheets.

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Painting

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Engage children in a creative, open-ended exploration of color, shape and paint!

Goals:

  • To provide an opportunity for exploration of materials
  • To encourage creative self-expression and imagination

Before You Start:
Gather materials: BioColor® paint, paintbrushes, Nancy™ bottles, bingo bottles, paint cups, easels and easel paper. You may want to pre-fill the bingo and Nancy™ bottles ahead of time with paint, and provide a few small cups with water for thinning paint.

Let’s Get Started!
Step 1.
BioColor® can appear either dark or light, depending upon how thickly it is applied.

Step 2.
Use with paint cups for easel painting.

Step 3.
Thin with water for a colorful pastel water-color effect!

Step 4.
Use Nancy™ Bottles or Bingo Bottles to apply BioColor® to any surface, then manipulate with a brush, Plastic Paste Brushes, Scraper or other tools to create different textures.

Furthermore:
Encourage children to create different textures in their art with foam rollers, sponges, stampers, a paint scraper or their fingers. Hang artwork on display.

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