Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Flip Flop Fun

More to share from Summer Art Camp

 Another summer camp project, flip flop fun. The kids made and decorated their flip flops any way they wanted. Then glued them on a beach back drop made on canvas. We used real sand for the beach and shaving cream mixed with white acrylic paint for the waves.
I posted the template for the flip flops. The kids had a ball. And the flip flops
almost fit their feet! 

 First step, Paint the top portion of a 11x14 canvas board blue. The bottom brown. I prefer where the ocean meets the sand on and angel. Makes the composition  more interesting.

 Set project aside to dry... meanwhile,  have the kids use markers to decorate their dlop flops.
(I used a template to print out flip flops on white card stock. see bottom of post for template.)
I used bright colored pipe cleaners for the flip flop bands. I brought in different kids of beads for the kids to 
thread the pipe cleaners.

   As the kids finished their flip flops, I called them over to a station were we painted the dry brown beach surface with glue and sprinkled real sand! 
Almost as fun as glitter. But easier to clean up.

  No beach is complete with out shaving cream waves.
 Mix a little white acrylic with some shaving cream on a paper plate and let the kids mix it. 
For a few of my younger artist, I drew a few wave lines for them trace. 
For the final touch.. we glued on shells.


 Flip Flop Template

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Paper Mache Bowls

     Sharing some summer fun from art camp

Start by blowing up some balloons. 
Make a round base for the balloon to sit. 
Tear or cut scrap paper into strips or squares.
Spray top of balloon lightly with cooking spray for easy release.

Using gloss paper mache or mod podge, paint a layer of mod podge on balloon then paint strip of paper. Repeat for each strip. Using your brush to flatten down each layer. 

Important: If your paper pattern is one sided, lay the first layer upside-down covering entire bowl.
Then apply a second layer right-side up .

Your pattern will be on the inside and outside of your finished bowl.


 Waiting for bowls to dry. Takes a few days.

After bowls are dry, pop the balloon. peal balloon from bowl. 
Cut edges to make a clean rim.


                Summer is almost gone

   It went by to fast....I'm not done playing! Hope all of you had a good summer.
 Back to work. I have to start prepping for my fall art classes. 3 classes a week, 30 kids a week is a lot. All between the ages of 4 and 6.
Most of which don't have motor skills for scissors yet. Starting now, I will be spending most  my evenings "prepping" art projects for the up coming season. I need some new ideas, think I'll visit pinterest!


            A few projects from Summer Art camps at Lake Side Montessori !

  Abstract art is always a fun project. I gave the kids the same pallet of warm paint colors and some home made stamps. So fun to see the variety of art produced from the same materials.

Here is a few abstract pieces from my Kidder kiddo's

Which one speaks to you?