SUMMER SESSION WEEK SIX
Wow! The time has gone by so quickly. This is our last week of class. We will be making prints in class this week. Printmaking and rubbings are fun for the children to do and you can do most of them with minimal materials.
The weather has definitely felt like summer so I am including a few water ideas as well.
An easy and fun art activity is to make prints out of bubbles. Add some color to a mixture of bubbles and dish soap. You can add glycerin if you have some.
To make bubble prints you can either blow the bubbles on to the paper or make bubbles and lay the paper on top of the bubbles.
Bubble Print by Blowing:
~Tape a piece of paper to chair/table/fence. Let you child blow bubbles onto the paper. Use several colors if you choose.
~Cover the table or floor and let your child blow the bubble mixture onto paper that is on a flat surface.
~Blow the bubbles onto a paper towel. After they have dried you can cut the paper towel in to squares and use it for napkins at the next meal.
Making Bubble Prints with a Straw:
In a bowl pour the colored bubble mixture. With a straw blow into the bubble mixture until you have a lot of frothy bubbles coming up above the top of the bowl. Gently lay a piece of paper onto the top of the bubbles to make a bubble print.
Find some leaves, ferns and flowers that are fairly flat.
Lay the leaf/fern/flower on a paper bag or surface that can be cleaned. Paint the leaf/fern/flower. Carefully lift it off the paper bag and set it on a clean surface. Press a piece of paper onto the painted surface. Lift off the paper and you will have a print from the leaf/fern/flower
Crayon Nature Rubbing:
Set a leaf/fern/flower on a flat surface. Lay a piece of paper over the leaf/fern/flower. Tear the paper off of a fat crayon. Gently rub the long side of the crayon over the surface of the plant. Add more than one color and a variety of plants to make several rubbings on one piece of paper.
Crayon Texture Rubbings:
You can make rubbings from any surface that has a pronounced surface. Lace, baskets, bark on a tree, the sidewalk, etc.
Lay the piece of paper onto the textured surface and press a pealed crayon on the surface. Rub back and forth the get the rubbing.
Spray Bottle RAIN Painting:
Fill several spray bottles with water and add different colors to the water (liquid water color or food coloring)
Tape a large piece of paper to the fence, or between two chairs on the grass. Or you can lay plastic, paper, or towels you don’t care get stained, under the paper. Let the children spray the water onto the paper. The spray will look like clouds and then the clouds will rain on the paper. Add more color and watch it rain again and again.
Don’t want to get messy with paint? Just fill the spray bottle with water and spray the water on the deck, sidewalk, house to make designs that will be there and then disappear.
You can also paint with paint brushes. The children will paint and paint with water.
The birds and other wildlife need water during the summer. Set out water for the birds and butterflies in shallow containers. The birds like a shallow container of just water and the butterflies prefer there to be rocks to sit on while they drink.
Have Fun! Please, keep in touch and send pictures when you have time. I will miss all of you!