Over the Summer Holiday break I can across an article by the art blogger Meri Cherry explaining how you can have your kids produce large scale mural art in your home with relatively few materials (you can read the article here). I was immediately inspired and went onto the Hobbycraft website (here), where I ordered some materials (totalling around £40 which included two HUGE canvases). I feel art for kids truly helps them focus the mind and allow them a freedom to create something which has come from their own imagination.
I read the article giving guidelines on how the author had found the best process to have the kids creating their masterpieces. We used Sharpie pens which I already had, chalk and oil pastels, general kid’s paint (which I diluted with water into jars and they used pipettes to spread onto the canvas) along with various brushes and sponges.
I said to the boys we were going to try doing “big art” and we chatted about the subject of Space and planets. I started by drawing some circles with Sharpies and they soon picked up the pens and started drawing planets, stars, rockets and general doodles.
The art was done over a series of days during the rather miserable weather we encountered over the holiday. It allowed for the layers of paint and pen to dry ready for the next application.
Undoubtedly their favourite part of the painting process was using the pipettes in the diluted paint. They enjoyed seeing how it spread, how the colours mixed and experimenting with dropping the paint from different heights!
I have to say, if you are thinking ahead to half term or even the Christmas break, this activity kept my boys entertained for ages. The result was a piece of art of their very own…now, where to hang it!