We get it...sometimes it's hard to keep your child engaged throughout a long summer without school to keep them busy. When your regular list of fun activities becomes exhausted, what's a parent to do? Take advantage of long summer days to get your kid involved in art. We've listed some fun activities to do at home. But we also offer regular kids' programming throughout the summer at our art studio in Issaquah. If you'd rather not deal with the planning and clean-up, leave it all to us. Read the summer activities listed below and get going. Happy creating!
Squirt Gun Paintings
Set up easels in your yard with watercolor paper attached. Fill multiple squirt guns with liquid watercolor and water. Make sure the watercolors are strong enough that they show up easily on the paper when sprayed. Let the kids go to town making original squirt gun watercolor paintings! They can use different colors, distances from the easel, and spraying techniques to make multiple abstract creations.
When they're done, move the easels out of the way and let the kids clean off in the sprinklers. If you don't have an easel, you can use a cardboard backdrop or pin the paper to a tree.
Sidewalk Chalk Masterpieces
Sidewalk chalk might already be in your arsenal of summer activities. Take it to the next level by challenging your older kids to recreate their favorite masterpiece in chalk form. Have each of them scour art history books (checked out at the library) or online for a piece of famous art they love. Print out a copy of each child's favorite work, then let them copy their respective pieces on your driveway. This is a creative and fun way to learn about master studies.
Encourage children to bring friends over to create a little gallery of master studies. Have a neighborhood gallery stroll with snacks and drinks to show off their work at the end of the day.
Snap a picture of the face, then have them make as many different faces as possible. Your kids will have fun turning pebbles into eyes, leaves into noses, and flowers into hair. Take the project a step further and print the pictures, then cut out and glue them to popsicle sticks. Your kids will have little puppets that they can use to put on a show.
Summer Art Camps
Each week students can learn about different artists and techniques in a fun and nurturing environment. Friday Night Events are held throughout the year, but summer is a great time to try them out.
Museo Art Academy's weekly classes are offered on select weekday evenings and Saturdays throughout the summer (to accommodate Summer Art Camps). Summer classes are our list of Saturday classes here.