Mixed Media Activity
Create a collage (and clean up the house)!
- Paper:Computer paper, wrapping paper, junk mail, newspaper, magazine pages, catalogs, cardboard, old greeting cards, your Amex bill.
- Watercolor, tempera, gouache or acrylic paints
- Paint brushes
- Glue or rubber cement
- Plastic table cloth or extra newspaper:Something you don't mind getting dirty.
- Cover your table with a plastic table cloth or newspaper.
- Have the kids gather up various types of paper. Just make sure junior doesn't get his hands on your tax returns.
- Have the kids paint the paper with the watercolor, acrylic or gouache. Watercolor will give the most translucent coverage and gouache or tempera, the most opaque.
- Let the paper dry. Kids impatient? Use a blow-dryer to speed the process. You may even get a chance to use it on your tresses.
- When the paper is dry, have the kids rip or cut the painted paper into pieces. Mom can chip in, too; it's a great way to get out some aggression.
- Get a clean sheet of paper or cardboard to use as the palette.
- Help your children glue the pieces of paper on the palette to create your mixed-media collage! MoMA may end up calling!
- When your kids have completed the project, have them sign it. All great artists sign their work.
- Ask the kids to describe what they've created and then write it down on the back. If only we could understand the impulses behind all abstract art!