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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:

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 …

Pre-school Art and Science Dye Experiment

Absorbing School Dyes:

Pre-school Art and Science Experiment – Absorbing Dye: 
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 t…

Compass Painting

Compass Painting with school paints:

Inspired by
Try compass painting. 
You just need a pencil compass and a thin paint brush with some bright tempera paints.

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

Share and enjoy,

Tony Parker

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Funny faces with school tempera paints

Funny face printing

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.

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 …

Circle Paintings with tempera school paints

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

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 ty…

Teaching tips on ideas for painting in the classroom

Teachers Tips on ideas for making art 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 …