Do you have a child that can color for hours on end, and never get tired of it? My daughter Little C, loves anything that has to do with art. If she could draw, or paint, twenty four hours a day, she would!
My secret to keeping up with her passion is simple. I provide her with plenty of opportunities to get creative and think outside the box. Normally, we have a blast with process art, which gives her the opportunity to freely explore a wide variety of art materials, but sometimes she likes the challenge of creating a finished product that we can hang on our art wall.
I know it can be intimidating to move beyond coloring books and finger painting, but it doesn’t have to be! I am not an art teacher or a professional artist, but I have found an amazing resource that enables my daughter, and I to create amazing works of art together. After directing my first official Painted Paper Art lesson from the comfort of my very own home, I knew I had to share this resource with my readers. Check us out in action!
If you aren’t already familiar with Laura, from Painted Paper Art, you definitely need to explore her blog, and look at all the easy to follow lesson plans she has on Teachers Pay Teachers. You can also follow her on Instagram, which is where I found her. I can not believe the amazing pictures she posts of her student’s art!
There are a variety of different art lessons to choose from on Painted Paper Art, and they are marked with the grade level that they are appropriate for. The lesson plan we used, is based on Matisse’s Boats of the Riviera. This would be a great art project to do if your child is studying famous artists. You can find this lesson plan here. I picked this lesson, because it was simple enough for Little C to do, with a little assistance from me.
Since my daughter is only 2.5, I have to do projects a little differently than elementary students. I have had the most success breaking projects down into steps, and limiting the colors that I offer, so she only has access to the colors that she needs for that part of the project. I also like to put a piece of washi tape on our artwork, to clearly mark the area I want her to paint. Here is a picture of our finished masterpieces. This was such a fun art project!
Little C loved our artwork so much, she couldn’t resist pretending to paint our masterpieces all over again, while I was trying to take a picture of them. My painting is the one on the top, and Little C’s is the one on the bottom. She loves when I participate in art time, and it’s a great bonding experience. Don’t worry about your art work being perfect, art is all about the experience!
If you don’t already enjoy plenty of process art exploration, you might want to start there. Just provide your child different art materials, and let them try them out without worrying about creating a final product. If your child doesn’t have the opportunity to freely explore art materials, they might want to go wild with their art supplies, rather than concentrate on a more structured activity. If your child is eager and ready for more than just process art, this is an amazing resource to get started on some fun, and easy art projects.
I can not wait for our next Painted Paper Art project! There will definitely be plenty of art lessons in our future, especially as Little C gets older, and her skill level increases.
I hope this inspires you to bring a little art into your child’s life. What are you waiting on? Go have a little fun as you create, laugh, and learn right along with your kids!