- paint brushes
- canvas boards
- art history book (or computer if you just want to pull up some pictures to view)
1. After you’ve talked about abstract art and looked at a few examples with your kids, ask them how they are feeling. Rowan said she was feeling very tired that morning (we had been up very late the night before). I asked what colors she thought represented those feelings. She picked out blues, greens and grey.
2. With the colors your kid chooses, let them drip dots of paint over the canvas board. Next, talk about what kind of lines or brush strokes you think would represent the emotion they are feeling. Rowan told me she thought swirls and rounded shapes because they would be like her dreams swirling around. (Isn’t it so fun to hear what they come up with?)
3. Give them a handful of paint brushes to use. Explain that they will be using the paint dripped on the canvas board to mix, swirl and blend all the colors together to create a painting of their emotion. Try to help them not mix too much in one area. (I know all kids like to mix everything until it’s that yucky brown color.) Guide them around the canvas and switch out to a new brush if one becomes to overloaded with paint.
4. Have fun with them! Talk about the picture as they are making it. Let them get paint all over. Messy is good! That’s the fun of abstract art!!
5. Rowan decided for her second painting she wanted to paint a picture of how she felt playing at a friend’s birthday party. I think she nailed it!
6. Best part… when the paintings are dried they are these gorgeous little pieces of artwork that you can use to decorate your home! Every time I look at the painting it makes me smile thinking about her trying to capture how happy she feels being at a party playing with her friends. So cute!!
p.s. This is great for younger siblings, too. They may not understand the art lesson as you talk to your older ones, but you better believe they will love to push paint around and get messy!! Yay for art!”
thanks so much, jen! see more craft ideas for kiddos here,
on her blog.