10 summer art projects

10 Amazing, Messy, Inspiring and Very Fun Summer Art Projects!

10 summer art projects from KidcreateAre you looking for some fun art ideas to keep your kids busy this summer?

Here are some of the most popular art lessons and messy time projects from the Kidcreate Studio blog.

Artist Inspired Projects . . .

Ice Cream Sundae

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!
(Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Theibaub)

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Escher Tessellations

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pollock_splatter  painting

Action Painting (Jackson Pollock)

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Messiest_Monoprints

Cassatt Monoprints

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Monet_The-Beach-At-Fecamp

Magnificent Monet

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Messy Time Projects . . . 

Make Your Own Model Magic

Homemade Model Magic

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Huge Ice Cream Cone

Ice Cream in a Bag!
Make your own ice cream at home without an ice cream maker!

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silly putty

This Putty is so Silly. . . Homemade Silly Putty

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sidewalk chalk

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

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marker paint

Go Green!
Recycle Old, Dried Out Markers into Paint!

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camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
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Candy Kaleidoscopes

Camp Crafts- Candy Kaleidoscopes

candy kaleidoscopeSummer time is camp time and what is more fun at camp than craft time? Nothing!!!!! Tie-dye, rock painting, weaving, bead bracelets, nature crafts, toys and more! These are some of the classic camp crafts many parents did when they were kids. And kids still love them today!

Here is a “sweet” spin on a popular toy craft project. Design and create your very own kaleidoscope filled with tiny pieces of candy.

Art Kidbit: Kaleidoscope

A KALEIDOSCOPE is a tube of mirrors containing loose colored beads, pebbles, or other small colored objects. The viewer looks in one end and light enters the other end, reflecting off the mirrors. The word is derived from three Greek words that together mean, “looking at beautiful forms.”

 

Materials:

 

Directions:

  • Design the outside of their kaleidoscope by drawing on the tube with oil pastels or markers. Maybe give the tube a candy theme by drawing different types of candy, or creating a peppermint striped pattern.
  • Now paint the tube with watercolor paint. You will paint right over the your oil pastel drawings. (Skip this step if you decorated your tube with markers!)
  • Fold the mirror paper into a triangle along the perforations and secure with tape. Slide the triangle into the end of the tube.
  • Put the candy into the end piece that doesn’t have a hole in it. Leave enough room for the clear piece to fit inside and for the candy to move around a little to change the patterns inside the kaleidoscope.
  • Place the clear circle on top of the candy and hot glue this piece to the end of the tube.
  • Place the other plastic end (the one with a hole for viewing) on the tube.
  • Ta-Da! You’ve done it! Turn the tube slowly while looking through the hole to see the color patterns change.

Candy Kaleidoscope Craft Project


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Crayons Recycling

Go Green- Part 2 . . . Crayon Recycling

With all the used school supplies coming home this time of the year, we know it’s tempting to just throw it all in the trash! Here are a few fun reasons to keep your child’s old broken crayons out of the garbage can.  After all, who wouldn’t rather make art not trash!

If you are looking for creative ways to use those old crayons, check out our Pinterest board! It’s filled with tons of great crayon recycling ideas.

Follow Kidcreate Studio’s board Crayon Recycling on Pinterest.

Here is a project from our Pinterest board that especially caught our eye. It’s a perfect summer time art project!

 

 

If you find you still have crayons left– have no fear!  We will recycle them for you.  Drop off your used crayons at Kidcreate.  We will make sure they don’t end up in a landfill!

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids 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!

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old markers

Go Green! Recycle Old, Dried Out Markers into Paint!

Oh, no! You just stumbled across another dried out marker. Will your kids ever remember to put the caps back on!?! No worries. Instead of throwing it away, put it aside along with other dried out markers in preparation for a project that is both creative and environmentally friendly. With just a few steps and a few inexpensive supplies, you can recycle your dried out markers into watercolor paint.

 

marker paint 21) Once you have a collection of dried out markers organize them into similar colors.

2) Fill a plastic cup with water. Using 1-3 markers at a time, soak the tips of the markers in water. To speed up the process, take the markers apart, removing the internal ink-filled felt core and submerging it into the cup of water. There is no hard and fast rule as to how much water to use, so you will have to do a little experimentation. However, the more water that you use, the more diluted the ink will be.

marker paint 1If you prefer pastel colors, soak the tips or core in more water. If you prefer brighter colors, use less water and more markers. Once you have sufficiently soaked the markers in water, transfer your new paint into lidded bottles for storage.

3) Now for the fun part. Fill squeeze bottles with your new “paint.” Your kids can then squeeze a little of each color into their paint palettes or into plastic egg cartons. Before you know it, they will have created mini-masterpieces using paint produced from this green process.

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids 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!

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Father's day foot photo

Father’s Day Photo Gifts

Ties, golf balls, and “Dad” coffee mugs are all cool Father’s Day Gifts. However, dads love gifts that their kids make.  Yes, the lopsided mug made in art class at school and the popsicle stick picture frame without doubt will bring a smile on dad’s face.  Building on the DIY concept, for this Father’s Day we found some great ideas for unique DIY  gifts for dad that feature creative, yet easy photography.

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1) We Heart Daddy Shadow Picture.  Make a sign or series of signs with cutouts of the words “We (or I) heart (using the heart symbol) Daddy!”  Take a picture of the children holding the signs.  To make this photo a bit different, instead of taking a photo of the actual kids, take a photo of the shadows of the kids holding the sign.  Dad will think this is super cool!  Once you take your photo, use it to make beautiful print.  Print it on 8″ x 10″ or 11″ x 14″ paper and frame it.  Or, use a photo lab to have the photo printed on canvas.

Father's day shadow photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn how-to here: discountqueens.com

2) Foot Love.  There is something compelling about the little feet and cute little toes of kids.  Why not write “We love you, Dad” on the bottoms of your kids feet and take a photo?

Father's day foot photo

 

 

 

 

 

Learn how-to here: frecklephoto.com

3) “I Love Daddy Because…”  I bet your kids can make a long list of reasons they love their dad.  Pick 4 of these reasons and make signs.  Take pictures of your kids holding one sign at a time.  Combine the 4 photos into one print with the caption:  “I Love Daddy Because…”
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Learn how-to here: enframephotoblog.com

4) Daddy and Me Photo Book.  Compile several photos and use a photo lab to make a photo book.  Compile random photos or select a theme such as Father’s Day photos throughout the years, sports-themed photos, or photos of your child and dad with funny expressions.

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5) Photo of Generations.    This unique idea involves a picture of granddad holding a picture of dad, holding a picture of your kid.  The result is powerful.
Father's day generations photo
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Photo Credit: Cheezburger

Your kids will love helping to make any of these gifts, and Dad will think it is awesome!

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camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
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Artsy Father’s Day Gifts

 

One-of-a-Kind Father’s Day Gifts Made from Your Child’s Art!

For an extra special, one-of-a-kind Father’s Day gift, transform your child’s unique artwork into a personalized keepsake! Whether it is a drawing of a tree, a painting of daddy, or crayon rendering of something a little more abstract, it can be used to decorate a variety of gift items. Today’s sophisticated and lightning fast technology allows you to easily scan your child’s masterpiece and send it to a manufacturer who will print it on a variety of products, or who will fashion a keepsake based on the artwork. Here are a few Father’s Day ideas.

 

Father's Day - Your Childs Artwork Made into Solid Silver Keychain or PENDANT-As Featured in ETSY FINDS - made to order-click to see moreKey chain
How about a key chain designed out of artwork that you child created?  Such key chains can be crafted out of titanium, or silver.

 

Child's Drawing Personalized Coffee Mug, "Little Artist" Series : Artwork Creates a Perfect Gift for Parents, Grandparents, and TeachersMug
For the coffee-drinking dad, a mug, featuring his son or daughter’s artwork would be an ideal Father’s Day surprise.

 

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For the dad who is a little more formal, but also appreciates a little whimsy– a pair of cufflinks featuring your little one’s art will make a fun and unexpected gift.

 

 

Daddy will treasure any one of these thoughtful gifts forever!  

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids 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!

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hand-made teachers gifts

Teacher Gifts- Say Thank You With a Hand-Made Gift

Are you looking for cute and crafty ideas for end-of-the-year teacher gifts?
Check out our Teacher’s Gifts Board on Pinterest!

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Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids 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!

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Paint on Canvas- Flower Power

May Day . . . A Brief History!

What is May Day?

The History of May DayIt is a lot more than the first day of May. It is a festival to celebrate the coming of Spring– even though astronomically, in the northern hemisphere, Spring arrives over a month prior to the first of May. Nonetheless, people all over the world make a big deal out of May Day as a day to celebrate Spring and the renewal and rebirth that it brings.

When did May Day begin?
Historians trace the roots of May Day back to an ancient Celtic celebration called the Feast of Beltane. Back then May Day was not a celebration of the start of Spring, but of the start of summer. The celebration included the building of huge bonfires, dancing, and the occasional burning of an effigy of a witch.

Later, in Greek and Roman times the Feast of Beltane became less popular and was replaced by the Floralia Festival where celebrations focused on the coming of Spring and on Flora, the mythological Roman goddess of flowers and Spring.

For several centuries leading up to the 20th century, May Day remained a celebration of Spring, rebirth and resurrection. In some cultures it was intertwined with religious celebrations related to Easter. During the 20th century, taking a cue from the United States’ Labor Day holiday, May Day became more than a celebration of Spring in some countries. It became associated with the labor movement. Many countries around the world designed May 1st as a day to celebrate workers and labor unions.

So how is May Day celebrated?
It depends on who is celebrating. When thinking of May Day celebrations, many think about the maypole. A maypole is a tall, wooden pole that is decorated with beautiful flowers and colorful ribbons. In many places around the world including England, on May Day kids grab the ribbons and dance around the maypole.

In other countries, May Day is a public holiday modeled on Labor Day in the United States. Workers have the day off. Led by unions, May Day celebrations include parades, rallies and speeches focused on the contributions of labor to society and on issues important to workers and labor unions.

So what should kids do this May Day?
May Day can be celebrated in many different, creative ways. Although lots of fun, and totally cool, an actual maypole is not required. What is required is fun. Music, a little dancing, beautiful flowers- real or paper– are perfect ingredients for a fun-filled May Day. The burning of effigies is not recommended.  🙂

Visit our Spring Pinterest Board for fun May Day ideas!
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camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Sunshine Bracelets

Etsy’s Best Mother’s Day Gifts!

Need Some Mother’s Day Gift Inspiration?
Check out These Unique, Handmade Gifts on Etsy!

Whether you are looking for a Mother’s Day gift to give your mom or for a gift for your child to give to grandma, thrill her (that’s right, bring her to tears) with a unique, handmade gift from an Etsy artisan.  Etsy.com is an online marketplace where independent artists sell their unique and often one-of-a-kind creations.  Etsy is a great place to find that special gift for your mom, grandmother, godmother, or friend who is “like a mother.” Since Etsy offers literally millions of products, we curated a few that we know will be instant smile-getters.

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One artist offers a pair of bracelets hand-stamped with the phrases from the popular song:  “You Are My Sunshine” and “My Only Sunshine.”


Jewelry, Jewelry and more Jewelry!

Personalized PendantMom’s love personalilzed jewelry! There are so many beautiful jewelry options on Etsy it was hard to narrow it down for our short list! This handmade gold necklace features a small disc-shaped charm that is hand-engraved with your mom’s initial. Another favorites included lovely a leaf shaped birthstone and monogram necklace that would be a great for mom or grandma.

Mom not the monogram type? Every mom would love this darling mama bear necklace!

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Handmade Soap

Another artist makes purple and green swirled lilac scented soap from coconut oil, cocoa butter and other natural ingredients.  You mom’s skin will just love it!

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Grandma's House RulesGrandma’s House Rules

Everyone knows that grandma’s house rules are different and more relaxed than mom and dad’s house rules.  This gift lists those rules on a piece of distressed wood, making it clear why kids love spending time at grandma’s house!

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2017 wall art“Greatest Blessings” Wall Art

Want to bring tears to your mom’s eyes?  Give her this beautiful custom printed and framed burlap wall art!

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Family Birthday Board

Family Birthday Board

A family birthday board is a gift that serves two purposes.  It is a great way for mom to organize all of the birthdays of family members, and it is a beautiful piece of art.  Each birthday board features the 12 months of the year along with heart or circle shaped tokens.  You or mom can write each family member’s name on a token and place the token on a hook below the appropriate birthday month.

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You cannot go wrong with any of these gifts.  When the gift is opened, the smile will be instant!

 

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Earth Day Art- Garbage Portraits

Garbage PortraitIf 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!

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!

 

Garbage Portraits

 

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camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
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