These adorable mixed media haunted houses are a wonderfully spooky Halloween art project for the kids.
With fall quickly approaching, pumpkins, apple picking and hayrides have been on our mind. We have also started to think about Halloween. We love Halloween and we especially love cute and spooky Halloween arts and crafts. And for me, nothing quite says spooky like a haunted house.
We love experimenting with different painting techniques. Recently, we played around with salt painting. The process was so cool and generated a lot of ooohs and ahhhs from my daughter. She loved the way the paint spread out quickly as it touched the salt. Today, we switched the salt for sugar. The technique and results were equally cool. The color also spread out in interesting patterns when it touched the sugar and it left a gorgeous glossy finish. We used this method to create a pretty sunflower painting for fall. Here’s how.
We are kind of excited about this simple crumpled newspaper fall tree craft.
Corrugated cardboard is a favorite material of ours. The texture of the ridges in the cardboard adds a great feel to any project. I love the earthy look that the cardboard brings to the tree trunk. The crumpled newspaper was fun to work with and form and it added another element of texture to this pretty mixed media project.
Here is a fun printmaking project inspired by artist Paul Klee and his painting Castle and Sun.
Do your kids watch Little Einsteins? My little girl loves them and was watching them the other day. If you do watch them, you know that they feature an artist and a composer each episode. Paul Klee was the artist in this episode. My daughter wants to know everything and anything that she can about the great artists. Klee was one that we have not covered yet, so she, of course, wanted to know more about him. We read a little about him online and then looked over his collection of works. Castle and Sun caught our eye. The combination of colors and shapes reminded us of building blocks. I thought that it would be fun to try stamping with the building blocks and create our own Paul Klee inspired artwork.
Pointillism is a fun painting technique that is also great for working on fine motor skills.
My little girl’s love for the great artists keeps growing and growing. I for one am overjoyed. I love that my five year old is so eager to learn everything that she can about them. Her newest interest is George Seurat and his style of painting. Pointillism is an impressionist style of painting using small dots instead of brush strokes.
My daughter and I have been learning a lot about the famous artists together these past few months. She has become fascinated by them. She has been attending art camp this week. On her first day, she came home with a clay Picasso portrait and a lot of new knowledge about the famous artist. She drew a bunch of Picasso inspired portraits that evening. They were wonderful. Her drawings inspired these Picasso portraits.
Printmaking and stamping projects are a favorite in our home. These processes are both fascinating and fun and they are great for the young and the old. Simply enjoy watching the shapes, lines and textures transfer onto paper or turn your prints and stamps into animals, flowers or a unique piece of art. Look around your house and outdoors for inspiration and printing materials. Experimenting and exploring different textures and surfaces is fun. Here are a few wonderful printing and stamping ideas to get you started.
Printmaking with CDs offers a variety of options and is easy for preschoolers to adults.
If you follow us regularly, it is probably no surprise that we are a bit obsessed with printmaking. We love stamping and printing with everything and anything. Recyclables and common household items are our favorite materials to use. If you are like us, you most likely have a few old scratched up CDs or DVDs sitting around. Well don’t toss them out just yet, instead how about experimenting with some of these simple printmaking with CDs ideas.
Summer is only a few short weeks away and our yard is already starting to fill up with the flutter of butterfly wings. Today, we were lucky enough to get to study one resting in our garden. My daughter loves them. She was so excited about seeing that beautiful little butterfly that she wanted to make one later that day. We love working with bleeding tissue. I don’t know if it is the excitement of getting to tear the tissue paper into little pieces or if it is using the squirt bottle that my daughter likes more. Either way, the process is a fun one.
Have you ever tried black glue art? It is a glorious technique with bold and eye-popping results. This process is perfect for preschoolers to adults. There are endless possibilities. Create something funky and abstract or choose your favorite subject or theme and just go with it. If you are looking for a little inspiration, here is a tutorial on black glue seashells, as well as a wonderful collection of ocean inspired black glue projects. Enjoy!