Monday, July 29, 2013

Art Fun with Paint and Found Objects!

Welcome to Ms. Nancy's Art Class!

Today's class is a little messy, and that adds to the overall enjoyment! Kids get to experiment with mixing different colors of paint to make new colors, and they also paint with objects from around the house! Grab some old "big" shirts to protect their clothing, cover the working surface, and have lots of fun!

  • Liquid Tempera Paints (I used red, blue, yellow, green, white, and black)
  • Small Paint Brushes
  • Water (for rinsing brushes)
  • "Found Objects" from around the house  (cardboard roll from toilet paper, lids, caps, pencils, small cups
  • Water Color Paper and or/Sketch Paper
  • Styrofoam Plates (one for each child)
  • Paper Towels & Wipes

  • First, squeeze a small amount of each color of tempera paint onto each child's plate and explain that they will be mixing paints to produce different colors. They may use paint brushes to mix the paint colors to make different colors. Have them rinse and dry the brushes between mixing

Mixing colors to create burgundy!

Mixing all colors creates gray.

  • Let them share what is happening as they explore.  Here are some of the comments from my class:

"I know red and white makes pink!"

"And black and white makes gray."

"It's thicker than water colors!"

"How do you make brown?"   
"Brown is really dark orange."                                                     "Okay, then, you make brown with red, yellow, and black!"

"How about dark green?"                                                              
"You mix black with green."

"Look!  I made dark red!"
"How did you do that?"
"I mixed red with black."

"What happens if you mix all the colors together?"                   
"You make gray!"

  • After the children have mixed the paints, allow them to use a brush to paint.

Painting a tree with brown and dark green

Is this Mickey Mouse?

Painting is fun!

  • Next, allow them to paint with the found objects. They may paint by dipping the shape in paint and stamping, rolling, dragging, etc. Use different sides of the objects for unique designs.

Painting with a cap, bowl, and lid

  • They may also use a blank piece of paper to press onto the painted design to make a print!  Let them be creative!  The sky is the limit!

Mixing more colors with gray for unique designs!

Ms. Nancy's Notes:  

The paint that I used is Tempera Paint, which is found at most craft stores and in the craft section of some discount stores.  I bought a package of 6 - 4 oz. bottles, and it is usually very inexpensive paint. 

Favorite Masterpieces!

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