hello murals!

This summer we introduced a new fine art weekly camp theme: mural making. We selected a variety of projects that let the kids work with many different mediums, as well as projects that offered the opportunity to work together as well as on their own.

Here are some of the individual landscape murals that were done early in the week.

the messy artist murals by kids nj summer art camp nj art classThe culmination of the session was this collaborative mural, done on the last day of camp. Our 1st-2nd grade section kids all worked on it as a team.

the messy artist mural campFirst they had to brainstorm to come up with a theme. Outer space won out, and the challenge was on.fine art classes for kids nj

This project was a great lesson in procedural thinking, with the kids needing to figure out how to build the image from the background out.

They decided to paint the background first, and then glue on images they created and cut from colorful construction paper.

new jersey art class for kids nj art class camp and party new jersey art campOnce again they brainstormed, coming up with images that would work for the mural’s theme.

mural camp in nj kids mural project by childrenThe kids had to determine what colors and designs would be used to give the mural a cohesive outer-spacey look. A big discussion centered on how many rocket ships would be appropriate to have. Answer: 2.


This mural will remain at The Messy Artist until we need the wall space, a lasting reminder of summer, and kids creating art together!

the messy artist mural camp



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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