Spring Lamb: Ages 2-7
This cute little sheep is super easy and really fun for your little ones.
Sponge ‘dobber’ or cotton wool
Googly eyes (or make your own from small circles of paper and pens)
Funny Bunny: Ages 8+
This activity is perfect for teaching children how to use a pen to make marks to build up a picture.
Bunny Template (download or copy picture)
Pen (Biro/felt or fineliner will all work well)
Draw a Spring Tulip - Older children and adults
This is the puuuurfect project to make something totally beautiful out of scrap! This week, I’ve made these funky cats and dogs with my After-school group. The kids were 9 years old and up. They absolutely loved it (and so did I). It is super simple to do but looks really elaborate. It makes extra use out of gorgeous paper that we get in the house on a regular basis. Give your scrap a second life by re-using wrapping paper; lovely bits of packaging; newspaper; colour supplements and glossy magazines.
It is so important that we try to re-use as much ‘rubbish’ as possible in this day and age, we need to not only appreciate it’s beauty but also develop a social conscience. If we can turn it into something of beauty rather than landfill, whilst our kids get a creative buzz out of doing it …. surely that’s worth a try?
We can make this adorable dog / crazy cat in 10 easy steps.
Watch my sped up video to see how I did it. Here are the steps so you can stop the video as you go along:
1. Draw out dog or cat outline - just eyes and a nose will start you off.
2. Collect a range of interesting paper types e.g. tissue, packaging, wrapping paper. Try to make sure the colours and patterns are varied.
3. Decide on your colour scheme, although this will be dictated to by your scraps unless you have a full wardrobe of technicolour paper hiding away.
4. Cut your cat or dog ‘fur’ paper into small segments…I used elongated triangles. I used a small guillotine but you can use scissors, or if you aren’t confident using them free-hand, you can use a ruler and pencil to mark out your cuts.
5. Collage the eyes of your dog or cat with black tissue paper, if you are making a cat, also collage the nose and mouth, if you are making a dog, collage the muzzle and ears too. Use PVA glue as this is such a versatile glue to create art with, and if you get the washable version, it completely washes out of clothes, skin and hair etc.
6. Work in a methodical fashion laying down the triangular segments around the face. A little tip is to put the glue in sections first and then lay the collage materials down on top. This will save you a bit of time.
7. Fill in the fiddly bits with the shorter lengths of paper, off-cuts if needed.
8. The paper triangles form a kind of a mane, around the face. This gives a magnificent look to the beast, you may wish to trim off….. or not.
9. If you wish to trim off….do so now. You can re-purpose the triangle off cuts to plug any gaps in the ‘fur’ of the animal.
10. Draw in and tidy up any of the areas of the cat / dog to give it a sense of finality. And you are done.
Let me know how you get on. Happy Creating!
I spent a lovely afternoon with my eldest daughter decorating a fairy. It was an MDF cut out, which we painted with acrylic paints in pretty pastel colours. Then over the top we glued loads of gorgeous buttons, beads and sparkly bits. It turned out really well. It is now proudly displayed in her bedroom window. We also made some delicious scones and experimented with gluten free versions for a coeliac relative.
On the art school front, this week I made robots with the little ones. They particularly enjoyed the threading of chunky beads onto pipe cleaners and printing black and red onto tin foil. The adult painting class explored an abstract art theme with gauche paint.
On a personal note, I've learnt how to make fun gifs to help with promotional material. Rather amusing!
My daughter had a mould and paint fairy kit for her birthday. I'm a bit sceptical about kits like this normally but she was on and on at me to make it, so we did today. I had forgotten how much fun using plaster can be, We created the fairies using the moulds, an hour later, we were painting them and adding generous dollops of glitter! It was fantastic fun, now I'm thinking how I can use plaster in my other work.