I have always admired how my cousin Stephanie, who is a Montessori teacher, decorates her home with really cool art. At the beginning, I thought she painted them all, but then I found out it was a collaboration between her and her children. I thought that was fantastic! I told myself that when my children were old enough to paint, I would absolutely love to do that with them.
I'm so happy we had the chance to do this art as a big family. Stephanie brought her acrylic paints and my mother in love(law) Sarah brought the canvases. Thank you ladies!
In reality, this is a very straightforward and simple art project that requires only an open heart and some imagination to make whatever you want with your children.
- Canvas of any size you like( think about the space you want to decorate!)
- acrylic paints
- brushes ( art teacher recommendation: go for the big chunky cheap ones when doing art with children)
- painters tape
- cups with water( for rinsing brushes)
- paper towels (to clean up messes and little hands)
- paper plates ( to pour the paint)
- music in the background (thanks uncle Matt!)
- Crumbled paper
- For art with the littles: Use painters tape and use it ad libitum on the canvas you are working on. The less symmetrical the more interesting, so rip that tape and don't apologize. Wink.
- Ask them what their art is for, their room? their bedroom? What set of colors would they like to use?.
- Pour their choice of paint(s) on a paper plate.
- Give them a chunky brush and let your little artists be free!
Some extra ideas from the ladies:
As you can see in the picture above, there are many possibilities..
- A geometrical approach: geometric shapes such a triangles and circles take center stage.
- A free art form approach: color combinations and texture take center stage.
- A pattern approach: painters tape will help you do the work seamlessly( think parallel lines).
These are just a few ideas, let your inner artist fly!
I got carried away taking pictures of Dominika in the back yard. It was a beautiful day!
Mark Jacinto's and his cousin's art. The paint was still drying so the blue tape had to be removed.
This was a very fun and therapeutic activity to do as a family, highly recommend it!
Thanks for reading.