I saw this art project yesterday and, given that today was the first day of the spring break, ergo the first of nearly 3 weeks with all 4 children at home, thought we’d give it a go.
This is a particularly excellent project if you, like me, have children of different ages to include as it is easily adapted to a wide variety of competence.
If you limit yourself, like I did, to these paints, it is also remarkably mess free, a total joy given that most art/craft activities around here result in some significant carnage.
Also, unlike some more traditionally ‘process’ based art activities, the end result is actually pretty lovely – definitely lovely enough to pop up on the wall / fridge and feel smug about having such a creative first day of the holiday.
Also, children seem to like photos of themselves. Particularly my children, as I am so bad at actually printing photos, that they are always totally thrilled to see an actual physical photograph. Or, in this case, a printed copy of a picture I took this morning on my iPhone.
The prompt for the art is a kind of self portrait – what does your imagination look like? And this is where the different ages really get different things from it. My 2 year old just went all out bashing the paint markers on the paper, and fetching some sponge brushes to smear the paint around:
My 7 and 5 year olds enjoyed talking about what their imaginations consist of. What would a world without imagination look like? What would it be like to jump into a picture, or to be surrounded by ideas? They took this pretty seriously and worked carefully:
Smug-and-Lazy craft of the holiday. Just another…20something days to fill with other miscellaneous projects! Let’s hope the sun comes out soon.
Like the website I found the project on, I used tape to delineate a clear white border and make the artwork look a little cleaner at the end, and encouraged them to fill the paper quite densely towards the edges:
This was based on an activity I first saw on artbarblog.com – an excellent resource for art/craft ideas in general and highly recommend checking them out if you, like me, lack any artistic direction or creative flair.