Earth Day Art- Garbage Portraits

Earth Day Art- Garbage Portraits

If you don’t want to take the garbage out, use your creativity and turn your trash into beautiful artwork!

When we think of art materials, we typically think of things like paint, clay, ink and paper. Garbage isn’t something many people would put on their list of favorite art supplies! But why not?!?! Think about some of the things we throw away. There are so many different shapes, sizes, textures and colors waiting in the trash bin just begging for a little creative energy to turn them into something more!

This Earth Day dig in the trash, find some fun recycled “garbage” materials and create an amazing self-portrait!

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ART KIDBIT: Junk Art 

Junk Art, also referred to as Recycled Art, can be defined as an art form that uses old or used items or day-to-day trash to create something which is brand-new, attractive, and in some cases useful. 

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Paper grocery bags, cut the paper bags to approximately 10×16 (1 per kid)
  • Garbage/recycling items (bubble wrap, foam pieces, plastic bottles, newspaper, sponges, bottle tops, etc.)
  • Tempera paint
  • Brushes
  • Craft glue
  • Hot glue and glue gun (if necessary)
  • Scissors

DIRECTIONS:

  • Hold up your various pieces of garbage. What part of a person could each piece be? Think about the different shapes of parts of the body (rectangle=arm, leg, torso; circle=head, eyes; triangle= nose, skirt, etc.). Are you inspired???? It’s time to get messy!
  • Get out your paints. Paint your paper bag one of the primary colors (red, yellow or blue). Set it aside to dry.
  • While your paper bad is drying, choose some garbage items and start to arrange and alter them to create your portrait. Don’t forget to add details like clothing and hair after you have the basic shapes arranged.
  • Once you have all the pieces arranged, transfer them to your dry painted paper bag and glue everything down with craft glue. For special parts that need more stick, you may need to use a hot glue gun.
  • Finally, add a little more paint to your Garbage Portrait’s outfit, if desired.
  • Now, it time to show if this amazing transformation from garbage to gorgeous!

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This Putty Is so Silly. . .

This Putty Is so Silly. . .


Do you remember playing with silly putty as a kid?

Stretching it out oh-so-long and then rolling it up in a ball. Squishing it through your fingers. The stuff was awesome!!!!

It’s probably no surprise to you that homemade silly putty is one of the kid’s favorite messy time projects at our studios. They LOVE it!

It only takes a few ingredients and is very easy to make. It’s a great no school day or rainy day activity. Give it a try . . .

Materials:   

Note: Recipe makes enough for 1 child.

  • 2 tablespoons of school glue
  • 1 tablespoon of liquid starch  (You can find liquid starch in the laundry detergent section of most grocery stores.)
  • Small disposable cup
  • Liquid watercolor or food coloring- any color  (Please note- liquid watercolor is best but if you don’t have it food coloring will work. Be aware that food coloring may stain the kids hands or anything else the silly putty touches.)
  • Glitter- optional, any color
  • Craft stick or twig to mix with
  • Small plastic bag
  • Newspaper to cover your work surface

 

Directions:

  1. Cover your work surface with newspaper.
  2. Pour 2 tablespoons of school glue into the cup.
  3. Pour 1 tablespoon of liquid starch into the same cup.
  4. Put 4 drops of liquid watercolor or food coloring (any color) into each cup. If you want, sprinkle a little glitter into the cup also.
  5. Time to mix. Use the craft stick (or twig) to mix the contents of the cup thoroughly.
  6. Viola! You have made silly putty. It’s time to play. Dump the silly putty out of the cup- squish it, squeeze it, and stretch it!
  7. When you are done playing, the silly putty can be stored in a plastic bag.
  8. Don’t forget to clean up!

 

Making a Mess is the Best!

 


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to positively influence the lives of children.
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Haring’s Pop Art People!

Haring’s Pop Art People!

Keith Haring was an American artist know for his graffiti style art. His art was inspired by cartoons and graffiti.  Dr.Seuss and Walt Disney also influenced his artistic style.

Haring’s art shows people in may different posses, doing different things. Look at the art on this page. Can you tell what the people are doing?

Keith wanted everyone to make art, especially children! There is a great Haring website just for kids. It’s filled with Haring’s art, fun games and tons of Haring inspired art projects! Check it out at www.haringkids.com

Art Project-

What you will need

  • Crayons
  • Pencils
  • Paper

Look at the people in Haring’s art.  What are they doing?  Dancing?  Sitting?  Playing?  Now it’s your turn to become a Haring model!  Make some funny poses with your body. You can do this standing up or laying down! Think about where your arms and legs are positioned as you pose.  Next, draw stick people on a piece of paper that look like some of the poses you made. Then draw an outline around your stick people and color them in with your crayons. Voila- Haring inspired art!

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My Miro!

My Miro!

Joan Miro was a Spanish Surrealist painter who created colorful and abstract paintings with shapes, colors and lines. His paintings were fun and funny! They sometimes showed oddly shaped animals or people. The ideas for his paintings often came from his dreams or from simple things he saw around him like a bug on the wall or a spec of dust. He loved to use red, yellow, blue, green and black in his art.

Google Joan Miro to see many examples of his work. You don’t have to travel far to see a real Miro piece of art. The Minneapolis Institute of Art has several.

Project #1- The Art of Shapes

Materials:

  • Paints, markers or colored pencils in red, yellow, blue, green and black.
  • Large sheets of white paper


Directions:

  • Draw or paint 3 shapes on a piece of paper. You can use squares, circles, moons, stars or any shape your imagination can dream up!
  • Next, connect the shapes with lines. Straight lines, squiggly lines, zig-zag lines, what ever you like.
  • Add some smaller shapes to fill in the spaces left on the paper.
  • Color in some of the shapes.
  • You have created your very own Miro!

 

Project #2- Feel It!

Materials:

  • Paints, markers or colored pencils in red, yellow, blue, green and black.
  • Large sheets of white paper
  • Paper bags
  • Interestingly shaped objects (You will need to have a friend or family member help you with this! Have them pick out objects and put them into individual bags. Don’t look in the bags- it needs to be a surprise!)

Directions:

Put your hand into a bag with a mystery object. What shapes do you feel? Using shapes and lines draw what you feel!

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Ice Cream in a Bag!

Ice Cream in a Bag!

Make your own ice cream at home without an ice cream maker!

Ingredients:

2 cups heavy whipping cream

2 cups half-and-half cream

1/2 cup white sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 bag crushed ice

4 cups coarse salt

Other Supplies:

2 pint-size resealable plastic freezer bags

1 gallon-size resealable plastic freezer bag

Gloves or towel to protect fingers

Directions:

1.  In a pitcher or large measuring cup, stir together the whipping cream, half-and-half, sugar, and vanilla extract until sugar has dissolved.

2.   Pour about 1/2 cup of mixture into a pint-size plastic bag and seal carefully, squeezing out extra air. Place each sealed bag into a second pint-size bag, again squeezing out extra air. Seal carefully.

3.  Fill each gallon-size plastic bag about halfway with ice and add 1/2 cup coarse salt. Place one sealed small bag into the large bag, squeeze out most of the air, and seal the large bag.

4.   Wear mittens or thick gloves, or wrap the bag in a towel to protect hands against the extreme cold. Shake and massage the bag for about 5 minutes or until mixture thickens into ice cream. Add more salt and ice to the outer bag if ice cream hasn’t formed after 10 minutes of continuous motion.

5.   Remove the outer pint-size bag before you open the inner bag so you don’t get any of the salty ice on your ice cream!

 

 

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Angry Birds Art Project

Angry Birds Art Project

We all know a child that LOVES to play Angry Birds, you might even love it too. We don’t blame you, it’s addicting! This game has found its way into television, movies, clothing and now ART. We combined two of our favorite things, Angry Birds and art, to make this fun scratch board Angry Birds masterpiece. This is another way for your child to show their favorite game a little love, in a creative way.

Scratch board art might seem like something you go purchase in the craft aisle but, with the easy steps below, you’ll find yourself making homemade scratch board art for every occasion!

 

What You Need:

  • Art paper
  • Craft sticks
  • Black paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Oil pastels or crayons- variety of colors (oil pastels are preferred)
  • Construction paper – variety of colors
  • School glue
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Miscellaneous craft items- feathers, crayons, googly eyes, etc.(optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Cover your work surface with newspaper.
  2. Color the entire piece of art paper with either your oil pastels or crayons. Oil pastels tend to work better for scratch board projects, but crayons will work too. Make sure there is no white left on the paper!
  3. With the construction paper, cut out 3 circles and/or triangles for the angry bird characters. These cut outs should be about the size of a child’s fist.
  4. With any additional craft items you have around or some construction paper, add any facial features you think the birds need. Use a glue stick to apply these details to the construction paper shapes.
  5. Go back to the art paper we colored earlier. Paint the entire piece of paper black. Make sure there is an even layer of paint over the entire sheet.
  6. Using a craft stick scratch a dot in the black paint where you want each bird to be. Continue to use the craft stick to scratch away the paint, making scratch lines that will trail behind each bird so it looks like they are soaring through the air!
  7. Carefully set your characters on the paint at the end of the 3 scratch lines. The birds should stick to the paint. If they do not stick, add some school glue.
  8. Set aside the project to dry and go make some space on the refrigerator because this is one you’ll want to display!!

 

Making a Mess Is the Best!

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Kidcreate Studio is an art studio franchise opportunity that offers children’s art classes, camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years. Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

Make a Difference, While Making a Great Living!

Open a Kidcreate Studio and use the power of art to positively
influence the lives of children.

Click here to learn more about art studio franchise opportunities with Kidcreate Studio.

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