Colonial children showed the stitches they’d been learning in pretty samplers. Today’s art activity gives you an opportunity to show some of the art techniques you’ve been learning in an art sampler!
This activity is can be adapted for all ages!
Don’t miss the 2 sections at the end of this lesson to help you extend art learning into other areas:
- 4 ways this art lesson can help your children in other areas of learning
- How the glue lines in this lesson can lead to a discussion with your child about God’s boundary lines
- Large, sturdy paper such as construction or watercolor paper
- Liquid glue, left white or tinted with paint, if you wish
- A variety of art media Pick several of your favorites! (crayons, markers, colored pencils, pastels, watercolor paint, tempera paint)
- Paintbrushes in various sizes
- If you wish to tint your glue, choose a glue container that is not very full and add whatever color you like. (dark colors stand out best, and black can make your project look like a stained glass window!)
- With the glue make a large design on your paper. Do lots of loops so you have many different spaces to add your color.
Helpful Hints: keep the glue moving, but realize you will get some blobs here and there. Maybe practice on a small scrap paper first. If your child is quite young, you may want to help them move the bottle around over the paper.
- Let the glue lines dry completely. Usually it takes overnight.
- Meanwhile plan which media you want to use and which colors.
- Start filling in the spaces with your different media and your colors. Space colors and types of media around the spaces so you have a pleasing design that moves the viewer’s eye around.
Helpful Hints: Especially when using paints and markers, fill in around the edges of your space first. This makes filling in the center of the space go more quickly and smoothly. Use a small marker or brush around the edges and fill in with larger brushes or markers.
- The variations for this activity are almost endless.
- Choose a warm or cool color scheme and stick to it no matter which mediums you use.
- Choose to use just the primary colors of red, yellow and blue
- Choose to use just the secondary colors, orange, green, and violet
- Use mostly watercolors and try different techniques such as salt in each space. Or allow 2 colors to meet and blend.
- Make a game out of it. Assign a color or medium to each number on a dice or section on a spinner and do what comes up in some space on your paper.
- Use marker and do patterns over crayon or dried paint spaces.
- After you’ve finished all your spaces, spatter paint over the whole design.
4 ways this art lesson can help your children in other areas of learning:
- Moving the glue in wide paths to make a design encourages large-muscle development.
- Painting or coloring inside the glue lines is much easier than learning to stay in printed lines, and therefore helps develop small muscle control with a lot less anxiety.
- Opportunities to make choices as in this activity, enhances problem-solving skills.
- Discussing their choices as they work aids in vocabulary and conversational skills.
How the glue lines in this lesson can lead to a discussion with your child about God’s boundary lines
- Several of the recent art projects have been messy and fun, and that’s a great thing to do often in art, but it’s also important to learn to stay in the lines for some activities
- Discuss how the glue lines in this project help them stay in the spaces with different colors and patterns. And when it’s all done a beautiful design emerges.
- In Psalm 16:6, King David says, “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.”
- Discuss with your child the boundary lines God has given us in His Word, especially the Ten Commandments.
- Discuss how God’s boundary lines are there not to hem them in, but to help them live in a way that honors God. Staying within His boundary lines is for their good, so they can grow to be the beautiful and God-honoring creation God wants for each of us.
Molly has learned that this mat has boundary lines for her to stay within at certain times. It keeps her from being stepped on when we’re making dinner and keeps her out of trouble other times. Like all of us though, she doesn’t stay there perfectly, but we love and forgive her, just as God loves and forgives us when we don’t stay within His boundary lines. We are thankful Jesus perfectly lived withing those boundary lines for us!!
Molly hopes you enjoy using many of the art techniques we’ve been learning to make a fun and beautiful sampler! And we both hope to see you right back soon for Another Fun and Easy Art Activity for Creative Kids!