hello feet painting!

art studio for kids new jerseyFeet Painting has become a tradition for the last Monets (ages 2.5 – 4 years) class of our Spring session. We tape paper down on the floor, remove the children’s shoes, add trays of paint, and away they go!sensory art project feet painting

process oriented art classThis is a fun event, but takes a lot of organization. Since we’ve done it a bunch of times, we learned some tips we’d like to share if you want to try this.

We ask caregivers to hold the children’s hands as they circle the room since their feet can be slippery from the paint. Teachers and assistants are available to help any children that need it, as some caregivers have more than one child in the class.

nj art class for kids the messy artist art studio for kidsSuper fun, super sensory, and super messy!

Sometimes we provide extra, separate sheets of paper alongside the path, so kids can make a print of their feet to take home. We have parents guide them in stepping onto the paper to make the footprints, and then write their names on in sharpie. We set them aside to dry and they are usually done by the time the kids are cleaned up and we do our story time.

fine art classes nj best art class and camps morris countyWe provide basins of water for washing up afterwards, but we suggest the kids (and caregivers) wear shorts and sandals, preferably ones that can get messy.

When setting up for this project, we get three areas with clean-up supplies ready in separate parts of the room: bins of water, absorbent bath mats, and towels. We also put the two chairs in place, facing each other as you see below, with room for the bin between them. We keep the supplies out of the way (otherwise the kids want to play in the water) but easily accessible. This preparation makes clean up go smoothly.

art class camp and parties njThe foot-painted paper is a temporary artwork, removed before class is over. It’s a memorable process-oriented project that signifies the arrival of warm weather at The Messy Artist.  Welcome, summer!the messy artist feet painting


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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