Hello paint – and glue – and salt!

messy artist art studio for kids njHere’s a new project we just tried for the first time: watercolor paintings, layered with glue and then salt.  We’ve been intrigued with the idea of salt paintings for a while and were happy to have the opportunity to check them out with our Chagalls class.  This class is made of kids ages 3-6, a great age jump into this multi-step project.

First we gave a lesson about watercolors: what they are, and how to get the paints nice and wet so that they brushes pick up color.  We advise the students to swirl their brushes in the paints for a count of 5 to be sure to get saturated color in them.

nj art parties classesfine art childrens classes NNJ north jersey fine art classes and partiesThe students are instructed to cover the whole paper with paint – paint it so we don’t see any white.  To make sure the paper stays wet and to help the colors cover the paper, we walk around with a spray bottle and add extra water if needed.

best childrens art class new jerseyAfter the kids have finished painting, we hand out glue bottles.  They add swirls or any designs of their choice on top of their paintings.

the messy artist watercolor glue salt projectThe final step is to shake on the salt onto the paintings; we find that fine sea salt works better than other types.  We use cake decorating shakers, with some of the holes taped over if the salt comes out too fast. 

paint and salt glue kids art project nj kids fine art class the messy artistThe salt adheres to the glue and creates an interesting texture after the paintings and glue are all dry.   Have you used salt as a texture elements in paintings?  Show us pictures of your salt paintings!

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Author: hellokidsart

The Messy Artist is a special place to create art. We offer year-round art classes for children 18 months through adulthood. In addition to art classes from September through June, we offer summer art camp and Drop-In and Play art activities for kids between our regular sessions. Our bright, colorful studio is also the perfect place for a kid’s birthday party! The Messy Artist children’s art center was created and designed by Owner/Director Donna Bernstein, a professional educator and artist. The curriculum is inspired and guided by Donna’s teaching experience and research in child development, as well as her passion for art. At The Messy Artist, art lessons for kids entertain and enrich their brains, bodies, and hearts.

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