When it comes to family fun it’s the more the merrier, but including all family members in the same art project indoors can be difficult. For a fun spring scheme that every member of your family can enjoy, create a super-sized wall mural using play balls as paintbrushes in the backyard! The minimal clean up from taking art supplies outdoors will have you smiling, while the kids will enjoy getting creative (and messy!) with this entertaining project.
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How to Create a Canvas Masterpiece
1. Kids love color, and this easy to clean up project gives them a great opportunity to experiment. Before setting up outside, let the kids pick several colors of paint to work with. Acrylic sticks best to canvas materials and is more permanent, but tempera will also adhere to most canvases. Since the artists in residence will likely use a large amount of paint, tempera may also be more cost effective.
2. Once your paint colors are picked out, you can pick out the textured play balls for the kids to use as "paintbrushes." While ordinary balls will work, textured balls such as spiky play balls, bubble balls, and basketballs will add depth and have the kids laughing at the interesting patterns they create when thrown against the canvas.
3. You should scout a place to hang the canvas in the backyard before beginning. Choose a spot where mis-aimed balls will not spread paint onto houses or fences. Paint can be removed from chain link fences fairly easily when wet, but all painted surfaces should be avoided. You can also consider hanging the canvas on a clothesline between a pair of trees or other tall objects. Try to get the canvas as taught as possible so the balls bounce off a little rather than drag down the whole canvas.
4. Make sure that the kids are appropriately dressed and bring the art supplies outside. It’s time to get creative! If the kids are adding glitter and other adornments to the canvas, have them paint by throwing the balls against the canvas first. This ensures that no ones’ handiwork is painted over, and keeps kids safe from being hit by artwork on the wing.
5. When the canvas is complete, have the kids "sign" it by dipping their hands in paint and pressing handprints onto the artwork.
6. Depending on the humidity and amount of paint used, the artwork will take anywhere from a few hours to a day to dry. When it is dry, you can stretch it over a frame for a gallery canvas look.
7. Hang your children’s masterpiece in the craft room or other kid-friendly area of the home! You could create some pretty cool modern art for your whole house with this technique.