Do you need an easy art project to get you through the day? Try painting with Q-tips!
This Q-tip painting activity is a fun way to paint with kids using something other than a paint brush. Painting with new or unique tools is a great way to break up your routine and get out of your comfort zone.
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We watched the first 5-10 minutes of this video to get introduced to Seurat and learn more about his life and see some of his art. Then we were ready to create!
How do you do Q-Tip Art inspired by Seurat?
- large white paper
- painters tape
- washable tempera paint
- Q-tips (or pencils)
- palette for your paint
- large cardboard box (optional)
- Tape a large piece of paper to each cardboard box to create a simple easel.
- Give each child a palette of paint colors and if possible, a Q-tip for each color to help keep the paint colors vibrant and make it so kids aren't always asking to wash "their brush."
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- Encourage kids to use their Q-tips to paint small dots close together on their paper to create a larger picture.
- Younger kids may just experiment creating lines and shapes using dots.
- While older kids may try and make a more complicated pattern or picture.
- Encourage kids to step away from their artwork as they are working to see what their picture looks like from far away and from use close.
- The box easels were a simple way to give the kids a surface to work on while not having to stick any paper on my walls.
- Using a different surface as an "easel" is also another way to take an activity that you've done again and again and make it more interesting.
- Painting is so relaxing that I even took a minute to sit down and create. I love creating alongside my kids because they are watching my every move and learning without realizing it.
- While I painted, I showed them how to bundle Q-tips together (with help from rubber bands) to cover more surface area with their paint. I also showed them how to make more solid lines of color by putting my dots closer together. I didn't have to lecture about this, I just did it. They watched and copied.
Do you have any other favorite art activities for kids inspired by famous artists? Please share them with us!
You can find all of the art activities found in our Famous Artists series HERE.