Monster Paint Blob Faces

Making Monster Paint Blob Faces is great fun for kids of all ages.  They are colourful, very simple to create and they look great displayed around the classroom. 

LEVEL: Pre-school and Primary.

Make Monster Paint Blob Faces with school paints
Monster Paint Blob Faces

You will need:

Tempera Poster Paint – in squeeze bottles is helpful
Marker Pen
Drinking Straws

Let’s get started:

Squirt a nice small blob of paint on to the paper.  Thin the paint with a little water if necessary. If you do not have a squeeze bottle just use a spoon to spoon a small pool of paint.

Using the drinking straw gently blow the paint around so it spreads out into an interesting monster-like blob shape. 

Once dry, you can decorate your blobs with the marker pen or anything else you might find interesting like glitter or string for hair.

- Keep it to one colour.
-  We painted small white circles for the eyes on each blob.
-  Sprinkle the glitter onto the paint as it is nearly dry.
-  Make sure the paint is thin enough for kids to blow around.
-  Too big a blob can get messy and be too much for young children to blow out to dry.

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Tony Parker 

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Looking After Your School Paints:

School paints that are designed for use with children can easily become contaminated with bacteria or mould, this also can lead to a very strong sickening odour.
Looking After Your School Paints:
Some school paint I found for sale in a shop that was contaminated. The paint is seperated in the bottle.

School Paint is very different to crayons and pencils as “all children’s liquid paint is an alive product” until it dries on your paper.  No matter what brand type or colour it will need some care to prolong its workable life.

Just like canned food in the supermarket a preservative is added to a paint formulation to keep the paint in top condition.    As this type of paint often contains organic materials that can decay if not stored properly or if stored for a long period of time.

School paints differ from house paint as it is used once for one project but using School Paints we are using the same paint day after day and again and again.   Extra care is needed to keep your products in good condition.

Here are some tips to help you store paint safely and keep it usable for as long as possible:

Colours & the colour wheel explained

Using and reading the Colour Wheel:
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The colour wheel is a great guide used to understand the theory of colour and of mixing colours that go well together. So how does it work?
Find the 3 Primary Colours - Red, yellow and blue on the wheel. 

Notice how they are evenly split around the wheel.

Find the colour directly in between any two primary colours on the wheel. Example: Find - Yellow & Red the colour in between is Orange.

This colour (orange) is made my mixing two primaries either side. 

The same can be done with the other primary colours
ed & Blue = Violet
Yellow & Blue = Green

How to Teach Art to Children

How to Teach painting to Children
How to Teach Art to Children
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Kids love art and crafts from a very early age. 

Art and craft is used in the classroom in so many ways – as part of learning to read, as a follow up on social studies lesson and of course an art lesson.
I found this simple and short video by waysandhow that outlines some great basic ideas for art and craft in the classroom.  It’s worth watching as you never know you may pick up even just one basic tip that might help you.

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Monoprinting for Kids with school paints

LEVEL: Pre-school and Primary.

This is quick, colourful and easy.  It is block printing at its simplest form using a Tempera Poster Paint with fingers and kids do love pushing paint around with their fingers.
This week we had fun exploring colours with this simple printing technique by seeing what we could do with just one colour.
Mono printing for Kids with tempera paint
Mono Printing for Kids with school paints

You will need:
: Sketch Paper
: Tempera Paint in simple bold colours
: Paint pots or dishes.
: Printing plate: (old plastic placemat, styrofoam board, any flat non-porous surface). We used a small sheet of plexiglas.  You can use a wipe-able bench top.
: Roller or a wide paint brush.
: Apron and a cover sheet, newspapers or paper towels.

Let’s get started:
Monoprints are about a simple and quick one colour art form in that you cover a large area of the printing plate with a tempera paint. Your images are created by finger painting a basic design in the paint on the plate.  Then you gently place your paper over the design and lift it off.

Monoprinting with tempera paint
Mono printing: Rolling out the tempera paint
1.       Spread Tempera Paint evenly over your printing plate with a wide brush or use a roller.  Making sure that it is slightly smaller than your paper.  It is not important to make it straight edged in fact it adds to the final effect.

2.       Using fingers draw designs on the painted area.  The more simple and basic picture the better. What you are trying to do is remove the paint with your finger. If you are not happy with the design you can re-roll the area and start again.

3.       When you're happy with your design, lay the paper on top, making sure to cover the area with paint. Try not to press on the painted area too much and also try not to move the paper around as it will smudge your final design.  

4.       Carefully peel the paper from the printing plate to reveal the mono printed image. 

5.       The printing plate can be reworked to be used again and again for the whole class.

6.       Allow to dry.

Monoprinting school paint lesson
Monoprinting Kids can make fun and interesting designs

-          Keep it to one colour.
-          Printing plate: just needs to be a wipe able surface.
-          Less is more. Try not to overdo the designs.
-          Your designs will always come out in a reversed mirror image.
-          Pressing hard on the paper while printing can turn your image into a blotchy mess.  
-          The children decided to do fish with blue paint and flowers with red paint.

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Tony Parker

School Powder Paint sprinkles in the rain

LEVEL: Pre-school and early primary.
This is a great out door nature inspired painting project.  It’s always good to get outdoors and let the children talk about all the colours that they can see around them in the trees, grass and in the sky.  Using these colours to create artworks is ideal for learning colour mixing, squeezing (fine motor skills) and natural colours.  It is simple quick and colourful fun.

You can use a small spray bottle filled with water to create your own rain on a sunny day.
School Powder Paints - sprinkles in the rain
You will need:
: Tempera Powder Paints.
: Kitchen sieve.
: Old spoons.
: A small spray bottle filled with clean water.
: Paper - heavier construction paper or cardboard works best here.
: Water tub or tray.
: Paper towels for clean-up.
School Powder Paint outdoor painting lesson
Get outdoors with colour

Let’s get started:
You can do this in the rain; but we found it cleaner and easier to create your own rain with a small spray bottle filled with water.

Layout your sheets of paper inside the tray or water tub.  This helps to contain the powder paint and stops the wind from blowing away your paint before you can wet it.
Sprinkle the tempera power paint over paper in a range of colours. 

I found it worked better with an old kitchen sieve as it helped to spread the powder paints thinly and evenly without it becoming heaped up.
Keeping your paper inside the tray use the spray bottle filled with clean water to lightly wet the powder.

Allow to dry.
powder paint school art lesson
School Powder Paint - sprinkles in the rain

- We found heavier paper better as the paper does get very wet. Soggy paper will just fall apart.

- You can also sprinkle Temper Powder Paint on to cardboard and carry it into the rain. The raindrops will turn the paint into wet colours.  

- Children can also explore mixing water and paint in small trays or they can try out other ideas of their own.  

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Tony Parker
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Wonky spider webs - feathering with thick school paint

LEVEL: Pre-school and Primary.
This is quick, colourful fun and easy.     

FAS Craft Paint Wonky spider webs - feathering with thick school paint
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You will need:
: Paper
: Thicken Tempera Paint or a coloured PVA like 3D Craft Paint
: Scraper or an anything plastic like an old plastic ruler.
: Apron and a cover sheet or newspapers or paper towels.

Let’s get started:
You can either outline with a pencil around a circular object to make a perfect circle or you can just do it by hand to make a wonky shape, like we did.

It is easier to use a bottle with a nozzle cap for better control.
school paints making spider webs
We used a plastic ruler.
Start from the outside and work inwards to keep the basic shape.

Try not to use too many colours.
When you have filled in the shape use a blunt straight edged object and drag from the inside to the outer edge.  We used a plastic ruler.  You will need to wipe clean your object making sure you have no paint on it each time you drag through the paint.

Allow to dry.  Because this is thick painting it might take some time.
It is better to use card or thicker paper as the paint is thick and will soak through normal paper.
Less is more. Try not to overdo the scraping
Don’t paint too thick. Soggy paper will just fall apart.  

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Tony Parker

Marbling with school paints

Marbling with school paints:
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Marbling usually involves oil based paints and turpentine.
But m
arbling with 
Powder Paint is easy and more economical. Try it...

Marbling with school paints
Marbling with school paints

You will need
Cooking oil
Tempera Powder paints
Dish and water

Marbling usually involves oil based paints and turpentine. The end result is very effective, however the necessary materials are not usually close at hand and cleaning up can pose some problems. Marbling with Powder Paint is easy and economical.

Mix a small amount of cooking oil with some powder paint. A couple of tablespoonful's of mixture is enough. The proportions of oil to paint can be decided on and adjusted as the marbling takes place.
Use a brush to shake drops of mixture onto the surface of the water in the tray. Gently stir the water to mingle the colours.
Lay a piece of paper on the surface of the water to pick up the paint.
Repeat the last step until the colour is fading, then add some more paint to the surface of the water.

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Artist Tip: What to Paint by Ron Gribble

Subject Master: What to Paint
By Ron Gribble

So often I see people who are trying to learn how to paint and they choose to paint a portrait of their friend, son or daughter.  Often, it is their dog or cat that gets the treatment.

I know that what one artist thinks is difficult, another will find easier, but I have never met one artist yet who has found the above subjects easy!
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Why are portraits so hard? Several reasons actually…

1.       Every one of us is an expert on the anatomy of humans and animals. We may not be able to recall and draw every detail, but if you get it slightly wrong even a young child knows there is something that doesn’t look right.

Eyes too small or one above the other, nose in the wrong place, relative to other details, mouth too big, not straight or ears in the wrong position.  A variation of a tiny fraction of a millimetre can make one eye to float above or below the other.

2.       Trying to place details that have to obey the laws of the perspective onto a circular object, namely the head requires much planning, observation and skill

3.       Any variations in the above will lose the element of likeness.  What makes one person look different to another? Fine details MUST be right.


If you are trying to master any particular medium you have enough problems without the above. Choose a subject that doesn’t add to your troubles. It is commonly accepted that 1000 paintings is the “apprenticeship” in any one medium.  And that portraits are for the “master craftsman” only.

So why try to buy a Rolls-Royce for your first car?

Until you have finished 1000 paintings in that medium don’t attempt portraits.  Any landscape is a piece of cake in comparison.
Ron Gribble
 Happy Painting

Ron Gribble

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Frame your artwork with school paints

Frame your artwork:

If it is worth spending the time to paint something it is worth a few moments to create something to frame it. 

This is more than often overlooked; it is a small thing that can highlight the mood by adding impact and spice to any artwork. Plus it does look great.

You can paint a boarded frame before or after you have finished your painting.  But another popular idea for the classroom is to make a boarded frame on a larger piece of paper separately and add it to the completed painting later. This is what we have done here. 
Frame your artwork clown painting
Frame your artwork with another larger sheet of paper.

Paste sheets of colour paper on a larger board like we did with the clown painting.

Use another sheet of paper to cover and protect your painting while you paint a frame.
Frames can be simple yet very effective
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