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)

Click here to go to blog post.

escher49

Escher Tessellations

Click here to go to blog post.

pollock_splatter  painting

Action Painting (Jackson Pollock)

Click here to go to blog post.

Messiest_Monoprints

Cassatt Monoprints

Click here to go to blog post.

Monet_The-Beach-At-Fecamp

Magnificent Monet

Click here to go to blog post.

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Messy Time Projects . . . 

Make Your Own Model Magic

Homemade Model Magic

Click here to go to blog post.

Huge Ice Cream Cone

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

Click here to go to blog post.

silly putty

This Putty is so Silly. . . Homemade Silly Putty

Click here to go to blog post.

sidewalk chalk

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

Click here to go to blog post.

marker paint

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

Click here to go to blog post.

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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Ice Cream Sundae

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Ice Cream Sundae Art Project

Are you looking for a fun art project to try at home? Here is a project for all the ice cream loving kids out there!

This project was inspired by the amazing food art created by artists Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Theibaub. Click on the links below to learn more about these great artists!

Ice Cream SundaeMaterials needed:

Model Magic (primary colors and white) Model Magic is available at Target and Michaels. 
(Or make your own Model Magic-  Click here to learn how.)

Paper plates

Brown tempera paint

Elmer’s glue

Paper

Pencils

Crayons/Markers/Colored pencils

Directions:

  • It’s always a good idea to draw out your ideas before your start working with Model Magic, so let’s start with pencil and paper!  Draw your dessert with pencil and then add in the color and details with crayons, markers or colored pencils. Get as detailed as you want. Be creative and have fun!
  • Now it’s time to get out the Model Magic! Did you know that Model Magic colors can be mixed together? Take a ball of each of the colors you would like to mix. Knead the colors together to combine. The longer you work at it, the better the colors will mix. Working with Model Magic like this is a great way to learn color theory (red + blue= purple, blue + yellow= green, red + yellow= orange ). Mix away and create the colors you need for your sculpture.
  • Now that your colors are ready it’s time to start creating your delicious sculptures! Using the paper plate as your base, start with the dish for your sundae and work your way up. Don’t forget to refer back to your drawing as your work.
  • It’s time for the finishing touch, chocolate syrup glue! Mix a small amount of brown paint and glue together. Then, drizzle the mixture over the top of your dessert sculpture.

For more information about these artists, click on the links below-

Claes Oldenburg

Claes Oldenburg on Wikipedia

Claes Oldenburg’s art available to view in the Twin Cities (from ArtsConnectEd) 

Visit the Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen Spoonbridge and Cherry scuplture at the Walker’s Sculpture Garden

Wayne Theibaub

Wayne Theibaub on Wikipedia

 

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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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


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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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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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!

Follow Kidcreate Studio’s board Teacher’s Gifts on Pinterest.

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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Garbage 1

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

 

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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spring break project collage 4

Spring Break Art Activities!

Keep your kids busy over spring break with these fun art projects!

No school days don’t have to be a no learning days! Here are some fun (and educational) art lessons from the Kidcreate Studio blog.

Ice Cream Sundae
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream! (Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Theibaub) Click here to go to blog post.

pollock_splatter painting
Action Painting (Jackson Pollock) Click here to go to blog post.

Messiest_Monoprints

 

 

 

 

Cassatt Monoprints  Click here to go to blog post.

Monet Beach Scene

 

 

 

 

Magnificent Monet Click here to go to blog post.

Mondrian

 

 

 

 


Be Square . . . Make a Mondrian Inspired Masterpiece! 
Click here to go the the blog post.  

escher49

 

 

 

 

 

 

Escher Tessellations Click here to go to blog post.

Haring Pop Art People

 

 

 

 

Haring’s Pop Art People! Click here to go to the blog post.

My Miro

 

 

 

 

 

My Miro! Click here to go to the blog post.

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Spring Break Art Projects

 

 

 

 

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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marker snow paint

Snow Makes a Great Canvas!

What does an artsy mom do to keep her kids busy on snowy winter days? You guessed it! Send them outside to play and create.

Here are some of our favorite snow painting art projects from the world wide web!

 

Squirt Bottle Snow Paint from The Sits Girls.

http://www.thesitsgirls.com/diy/diy-snow-paint/
squirt bottle painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magic Snow Paint from Growing a Jeweled Rose.

http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/12/magic-snow-paint.html

baking soda snow paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kool-Aid Snow Paint from Growing a Jeweled Rose

http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/02/kool-aid-snow-paint.html

kool aid snow paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Paints from Simple Play Ideas.

http://www.simpleplayideas.com/painting-snow

snow paints

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Action Painting from Living the Teaching Life.

http://livingtheteachinglife.blogspot.com/2013/02/snow-painting.html

action snow painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Painting with Markers from How Wee Learn.

http://www.howweelearn.com/snow-painting-markers-water/

marker snow paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Paint from Happy Hooligans.

http://happyhooligans.ca/snow-painting-cbc-kids/

snow paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need more ideas? Click here to check out our winter Pinterest board for tons of creative outdoor art ideas that are perfect for a wintry day.


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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cropped kiss

Valentine’s Day Clay Kiss Art Project

valentines-day-crafts_hersheys-kiss

Valentine’s Day is all about showing those closest to us how much we love them. And what more iconic symbol of this love is there than a HERSHEY’S KISS? This giant version of the signature candy is a fun project to make with your kids, and serves as a wonderful homemade gift to give a loved one this Valentine’s Day.

Art Kidbit: The History of Hersey’s Kisses

It is not known exactly how Hersey’s Kisses got their name. The most popular theory is that the candy was named for the noise or perhaps the motion of the chocolate being deposited when the Kisses are made.

 

Materials Needed:

  • Roll paper or plastic table cloth to cover tables (optional)
  • Air dry clay (1-2 lbs.)
  • 9” x 9” piece of tinfoil
  • White paper cut into 3/4” x 11” strip
  • Blue pen or colored pencil

 

Directions:

  • To prepare, cover a table with paper or table cloth to protect the surface.
  • Start by grabbing a softball size piece of clay.
  • Roll the clay into a ball shape.
  • Next, roll the clay back and forth on the table while pressing on one side to form the cone shape of the top of the Kiss.
  • Then, tap the bottom of the clay on the table gently a few times to flatten, completing the Kiss shape.
  • Setting the clay aside, take your 3/4” x 11” sheet of paper and use a blue pen or pencil to write the word “kisses” over and over, just like a real Hersey’s Kiss wrapper.
  • Lay the “kisses” paper strip on top of the clay so it is sticking out above the clay.
  • Tear a sheet of tinfoil to approximately 9” x 9”, large enough to cover the entire Kiss.
  • Wrap up the Kiss, leaving the “kisses” strip sticking out the top.
  • TaDa! You have created a perfect Valentine’s Day gift!

 

 


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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