Easy Summer Art Project for Kids

Here’s a fun and easy painting project for children. Just right for a summer afternoon!

It uses the same crayon resist and watercolor technique as the flower bouquet project in my Mother’s Day post. This garden stands up and shows the roots underground, illustrating the Parable of the Sower (Matt.13:23). For more on that, see my previous post.

Supplies: Supplies include a square piece of sturdy white paper. It can be 9X9, 11 X11, etc. The ruler and pencil are only needed if you need to measure and cut your paper into a square.

Step 1 Fold your square paper into fourths.

Step 2  Cut along one fold line just to the center. This will allow the paper to stand up at the end, but you will want to work on it on the flat.

When it comes time to stand your garden up, you will re-crease the folds and slide one of the cut sections over the other.

Step 3  With crayons draw dirt, stems and leaves. Add roots with white and light pink crayons.

Step 4  With crayons, draw different shaped flower outlines. Don’t color them in. You don’t have to be very exact. Think Impressionistic!

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5  Use watercolor paints to color the flowers.

(To mix watercolors so they are bright: Using your brush, place a little water on the cover of your water color set and then with a not-too-wet brush, keep adding pigment until you have enough bright paint to paint all the flowers of that color. When changing to a new color, rinse your brush and repeat the mixing process with your new color)

The crayon lines will help contain the paint, but it’s okay to go outside the lines!

Step 6  Now you can add beneficial insects to your garden. Bees and butterflies help cross pollinate flowers. Lady bugs kill off harmful pests. Ants and worms (which I forgot!) help keep soil healthy. Caterpillars aren’t so great since they eat leaves, but they turn into butterflies, so I couldn’t resist adding a couple! I’m sure you can think of other creatures to add!

Each insect just takes a few easy steps, which I’ve illustrated. Use paint or markers for the blobby parts.

One round yellow or red blob for bees or lady bugs.

Three small black blobs for ants. Several any-color-you-want blobs for caterpillars.

A black or brown long slender shape for butterflies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 7  Add the spots, stripes, legs, antennae, etc. with a pen or thin marker. You may want to use paint for the butterfly wings. I did plain wings, but I’m sure you can be lots more creative! Let everything dry.

Step 8 Last of all re-crease the folds to stand your garden up. Color some more brown for the underground you just created and add more ants and worms.

Enjoy your colorful garden and be reminded to read your Bible regularly so God’s Word will grow and flourish in your heart!

 

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2 thoughts on “Easy Summer Art Project for Kids

    1. Kathy The Picture Lady Post author

      Hi Jeanne, glad you liked it! This a project that grew this year at school out of two different projects we did with our 2nd -4th graders. It was a hit!! I have done art projects and related art appreciation with both adult women’s groups and kids groups so if you know anyone who’s interested feel free to give them my name and info or let me know. I also do intro drawing classes for all ages who’d like to do more than stick figures. I loved your website when I visited a day or so ago. Your photography is stunning! I signed up to follow you!

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