Updated: Apr 16, 2020
Calling all preschoolers! Join our partner, GreenHill Center for NC Art for some storytime and art making fun every Masterpiece Friday.
Are you ready to become an Anywhere Artist? Our friends at GreenHill know that you can make art from anything! This Masterpiece Friday, Miss Jaymie explores Texture and Pattern through the work of artist, Katy Mixon. She then reads us a story about a little girl who makes art wherever she goes and from anything she finds, and then takes us through some art making you can try from home!
First, let's look at the artwork of Katy Mixon.
Inspired by the story, Anywhere Artist, by Nikki Slade Robinson, we're going to make some art! Here's what you'll need to get started:
For Painting without a brush:
Paints - finger paints or tempera work great
Objects from around the house. These should be objects that can get messy, since we're using them instead of brushes. Some suggested items to try: fruits/vegetables like apples, oranges, and celery stalks (use these like you would a stamp); a ball; yarn; rubber bands (try snapping them above your paper for a splatter effect!); Lego blocks. Experiment with what you find!
For Anywhere Artist finger paints and collage:
Found objects in nature: leaves, flowers, petals (make sure you double check that the natural item is safe to handle before collecting). Objects that can be pressed flat tend to work best.
Homemade finger paints! If you're feeling adventurous, try this recipe for a homemade fingerpaint made from ingredients in your kitchen. But, if you're running low on time (or patience haha!), feel free to just paint thin layers of watered down glue onto the paper to press your collage items in.
Ready to get making? Let's do some art at home!
GreenHill is a Greensboro Downtown Parks program partner. The work they do with us is critical to providing FREE visual art programming to our park community. As we make our way through these unprecedented times, consider how you might support local Greensboro non-profits like us and GreenHill, as well as small businesses, artists, entrepreneurs, makers, and more. We'll continue to bring you free programming through our digital platforms and look forward to having you join us and GreenHill back in the parks soon!