painting with unusual objects

painting with group of kidsWe like to introduce unusual objects for our students to paint with and create prints with in our classes for our youngest children. These encourage children to think outside of the painting paradigm as something that can only be done with brushes or hands. We show them they can paint with almost any object, and to question the ordinary uses of objects. It also inspires them to really look at the shapes and properties of things and imagine creating art from them.fine art class for toddler kds new jersey

One of the ways we do this is at a favorite messy table station project. Especially popular at parties, this is a great activity for a group of children. Here we cover a table in white paper, and then put shallow trays with a thin layer of a different color paint in each corner.   We make sure the paper is taped down, well underneath the table, as sometimes the kids can get very energetic with this.the messy artist art  classes for children best art class for children nj east hanover

We put out our assortment of “odd objects”, none of which most kids have ever used for painting before. For example, we use potato mashers, legos (giant and regular sized), cars – even shoes sometimes. The kids have a great time testing all the objects and seeing what shape each object makes on the paper.painting with odd objects

You can always put another layer of paper on top if need be, and clean up is easy: just remove the tape, crumple up the paper, and you’ve got a clean table.process oriented art for children

We are always looking to recycle and reuse objects here at The Messy Artist, and if we can create art with these objects, that’s even better. One of our projects that does just that is our circle-printing project. We keep a bin specifically for odd round objects and add to it throughout the year. Then when we are ready to do this project, we are all set.the messy artist east hanover

Some of the many things we have collected are: plastic lids from different sized containers, scotch tape roll centers, (these create a prints with two different sized circles), film canisters, halves of plastic eggs…once you start looking, there are lots of out with kids new jersey

For this we spread the paint thin on paper plates so that the kids are able to make crisp prints (too much paint creates a gummy print) and cut out paper circles for them to stamp jersey art studio for kids best art classes parties and camp nj

We do another project with flower stamping that also opens up the kids minds to new ideas of unusual things to paint or stamp with – even things from nature. Again, we use thin layers of paint on paper plates for the proper amount for printing, as well as for quick clean art class for kids north jersey art class party camp morris county new jersey

Do you use non-traditional or recycled objects in creating art with kids? What are your favorite projects?


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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