Splattered Paint Space Planets with school paints

Splattered Paint Space Scene with school paints 
By Paper Crafts for Children Blog

How to make and paint great looking planets with school paints.  This great idea is from Sarah on the brilliant Paper Crafts for Children Blog. 
This is idea for both acrylics and tempera paints.

Painting Planets:

Splattered Paint Space Planets with school paints
 Make the Milky Way background with old toothbrush 

When I saw this idea I was a bit suspicious as it looked too effective for the simple steps

I thought it may have taken a long time or many practice runs to achieve this affect. But not so, it really is quite simple. Note that this is my attempt, not a child’s, but it is my first attempt.

Pop your black paper in a box to protect the general surround from paint, or head outside.
Then to make the Milky Way background – splatter some white paint onto a black piece of paper by flicking it on with an old toothbrush

Start off your planets by drawing some circles on your paper and then use a rag or a piece of sponge to drag paint on in a curve. Use one colour from one side and then use a different colour from the other side. The colours will mix up a bit but that just adds to the effect.

Use one colour from one side and then use a different colour from the other side

Then put this bit of paper in a box to contain the splatters, and splatter some contrasting colours onto the planets.

Once everything is dry, cut out the planets and arrange them on the Milky Way for a very effective space scene. 
Now you just need a few space crafts or Martians


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Tony Parker

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Pre-school Art and Science Dye Experiment

Absorbing School Dyes:

Pre-school Art and Science Experiment – Absorbing Dye:

Absorbing School art dye science project
Absorbing School Dye Science

LEVEL: Pre-school.
I found this idea in the local paper during the school holidays.
This is a simple hands-on art meets science colour experiment. It is fascinating to watch the colours get soaked up the paper towels and be transferred from one jar to another. This is quick and easy but it is still lots of colourful fun.   

You will need:
: Food Dye or school water soluble dyes:
: Paper towels
: Three small jars per experiment. 
: Water.
: Rubber gloves would also be handy.
: Apron and a cover sheet or newspapers or paper towels.

Let’s get started:
Line up your jars in rows of three.
Roll up the paper towels – two per each group of three jars. Fold the towels and place them one end each inside the two outside jars as if you were linking them together.

Put some water in the two outside jars and dye.  Keep the middle jar empty. Try to use bright contrasting colours. 
Wait… Then as if by magic watch the water climb up the paper towels to meet the middle empty jar which begins to fill with coloured water from each side.

Allow to dry.

- You could try to make a rainbow.
- Try to use bright colours.

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Tony Parker

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Compass Painting

Compass Painting with school paints:

Inspired by http://www.housingaforest.com/compass-painting/ 
Try compass painting. 
You just need a pencil compass and a thin paint brush with some bright tempera paints.

Compass Painting with school temerpa paints
Compass Painting. I took a few attempts to get to this

It took me a while to get the hang of doing this.  I found doing colours inside each other had a nice creative look.

This is how I did it a thin paint brush in a pencil compass.

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Tony Parker

Have a look at http://www.housingaforest.com/compass-painting/ for great creative ideas with compass painting

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Funny faces with school tempera paints

Funny face printing 

Funny face printing with colourful tempera paints
Funny faces with school tempera paints
LEVEL: Pre-School and Primary School.
Make fun and funny faces with almost anything you can find.  A lot of fun and it gets the children’s creativity flowing.  You can use all sorts of objects to print from – Keys, forks, spoons, corks and buttons will work as well.  Check with an adult that you are allowed to use them before you cover them with paint.   

You will need:: Objects for printing such as buttons, forks, pegs, cotton reels and plastic bottle tops.
: White Paper
: Tempera Paint – just a few colours.
: Brushes
: Paint trays or old plates for dipping the objects.  
: Paper towels to use like blotting paper.
: Apron and a cover sheet, newspapers or paper towels.

Let’s get started:
Before you start have some paper towels ready. Pour the tempera paint colours into shallow trays.

 I found using a fork it makes interesting hair patterns.
 I found using a fork it makes interesting hair patterns. 

1. To make faces start with the hair. You can use almost anything to print with. I found using a fork it makes interesting hair patterns.  Dip the folk into the paint and test it on a paper towel to get it looking just right.

2. Choose different objects for the eyes, nose and mouth.  Round objects like button or plastic bottle caps are perfect for eyes.

3. Use something longer and thin like an old ruler to print the face shape and add the neck.  Cut down bits of corrugated cardboard is great for this too.

4. Finish off with a pair of interesting ears. A pencil sharpener, unused staples or anything else that you can find that has an interesting shape.
Allow to dry

TIPS:   - Try not to use too many colours.
- This is a great idea for making animal pictures too.
- Be careful not to pour dirty paint you have been using back in to the paint bottles.

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Tony Parker
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Circle Paintings with tempera school paints

Circle Paintings with Kinders: School Paints:
This great idea is from Deep Space Sparkle Blog

Circle Painting school paints
Circle Painting with tempera paints
Line up twenty containers of colourful paint, add in fat brushes, cover two tables with white craft paper and you have the set-up for a perfect art day. For my last day with my Kinders, free-expression painting was the order of the day. The children filed into class, stood behind a paint colour they liked and listened to a very short list of instructions:
•Make the first mark a circle
•Ask your neighbour for permission to “build” on their circle
•Switch colours by asking first
•Paint whatever kinds of lines & patterns you like
•Try not to paint over paint more than twice (this leads to very soggy craft paper)

About Circle Painting

I encourage you to try a one-class circle painting with any grade level. If you have a few extra minutes, I encourage you to introduce the circle concept via video. You can find videos on the Circle Project website.

Things I wouldn’t worry about….

The beauty of this type of project is that it allows children to be fully at ease with their art work. I gave no visuals clues as to what the children might expect although if you watch one of the many Circle Project videos on You Tube, they would have a deeper understanding of the project.

I didn’t ask much of the children except to practice their manners. They certainly obliged and as I sat back and watched the children share paint and move freely around the tables, I was moved by how wonderful this project was for them. Even the few children who find art challenging (for individual reasons), watching them float through their decisions and apply the paint with enthusiasm was really lovely and inspiring to see.

I wouldn’t stress about the children who fixate on one circle. I’m not sure that by doing that, they are any less artistic than the child who moves around freely. I didn’t detect any frustration, so I suspect that the kids were simply absorbed in colour mixing.

Circle Painting tempera paints

Don’t worry about the patterns getting painted over, mussed up or worked on with too much verve. In the end, it’s only the experience that matters.
Have you tried a circle project?

PreK & K Sharing
 by Patty Palmer

Teaching tips on ideas for painting in the classroom

Teachers Tips on ideas for making art in the classroom:

tempera school painting in the classroom

Always try to use the best materials that you can lay your hands on for each art lesson. Safe non-toxic paints with bright colours will give much better results than cheaper watery colours. Paper weight also makes a huge difference on the outcome of a painting.
Promote fearfulness.

New techniques sometimes require more than one go at it.  Let the children know that they are trying a new technique today and play with it and get fun ideas. Then the next day you can do this again using the ideas learnt today. This will get a no fear creative flow going.
Try to use thoughtful language when working with children. 
For example.  “Tell me about what you are painting” works much better than saying “what is that you are painting?”  

Supervision: This is not just about safety.  Children are much more creative when they feel emotionally attached to what they are trying to create.  So if you are painting a winter cold day get the children outside feeling coolness see the trees with no leaves.  Ask questions and get them feeling the mood and noticing the environment.

Focus on the details. This is one of the major keys to great artworks in all ages.  Just slow down and focus on what you are about to paint, look at the details this will enhance the creative outcome.
Bringing it all together

If you are learning about another country then try to bring that into the art. Example if you are learning about Japan make some hand fans, Paris paint the Eiffel tower.  This again adds emotional value and you will get much more creative results.

Each child’s work should be wholly his or her own.  Don’t work on someone else’s art work.
Embrace individual style. Respect each other’s differences.

Make sure you have good light to work in. Natural light is best.
Here are some ideas for painting. Art Projects

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Tony Parker

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