I went to a friend’s 40th Birthday party recently. She’s a graphic designer and the whole evening was based around creating art and I am glad to share with you one thing that we did. This would make a great activity for a birthday party, playdate, classroom, homeschool, I-just-need-you-to-stay-busy day!
What’s also nice is that this can be done by a whole range of ages. If you are unsure about acrylic paints and toddlers, know that the paint cleans up nicely with soap and water. If you are still worried, you can use watercolors, oil pastels or crayons on your canvases. Just spray with hairspray to seal when you are done!
- Acrylic Paint in Red, Yellow and Blue (you can make your additional colors by mixing the primary colors.)
- Acrylic Paint in Black and White (optional; for darkening or lightening your colors.)
- Paint Brushes
- Black Sharpies (Optional)
- Mini Canvases
- Adhesive Magnets (Just get the ones for business cards and cut them to size.)
1. Paint the canvas. Let Dry
2. Stick Magnets onto the back of the canvas
3. Sign your canvas
4. Display on your fridge!
You could create individual pieces, like my Frank Lloyd Wright inspired piece above, or a mini collection by painting with a similar palate and then displaying them together! These make great gifts for Grandparents or would also be fun to do at, say, a MOPS meeting! At any rate, just have fun with it!
Teacher Adaption: These would be great to use in an Art History Lesson! Pick out a series of artists with easy to imitate styles, I’m thinking Kandinsky, Pollack, Seurat, Lloyd Wright, Klee, Mondrian and print off copies of some of their work. Talk about the artist, their style and then let the kids be inspired by the artist!
Keep Crafting On!
Until Next Time-
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