Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Giant Canvas Family Cooperative Art

Ever have one of THOSE weeks?  Where life is chaotic, stressful, and messy?  Where things don't go your way and you find yourself late at night picking apart all the things that went wrong?   Well... we just had one of those weeks. (Ok... if I'm going to be honest... probably one of those months...)  And I wish I could say that I was patient and loving and wise and kind and strong... but I wasn't.

When life spirals out of control, I find myself doing two things- (1) taking naps and (2) doing easy art and craft activities.  It's surprising how these two activities revive my spirits.  So today I wanted to share this really easy art activity that my preschooler and I recently worked on together.  Inspired by Meri Cherry, we made our own GIANT family process art.   
giant family process art- great open-ended activity for the whole family!
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Several months ago we purchased a GIANT CANVAS from our local thrift/scrap store.  (We got ours for $4! Score!  But if you can't find them where you are, you could also just purchase canvases online too.)

Our canvas was already half painted light blue, but we didn't mind.  On our first day working with the canvas, we grabbed our tempera paint  and just painted the whole thing however we wanted.

(It was quite freeing, to work on a large canvas with no intentions in mind.  We just enjoyed painting it however we felt.)

Several days later (once our paint dried), we grabbed our oil pastels and kwik stix solid tempera paint and got working again.

giant family process art- great open-ended activity for the whole family!


:)  As you can see, we're both big fans of vibrant colors!

giant family process art- great open-ended activity for the whole family!

Here's a photo of our finished (for now) artwork.  I look forward to adding on more details and colors and watching the canvas evolve over time.

giant family process art- great open-ended activity for the whole family!


And that's all.  I hope this post finds you well, friends.

As always, here's our current list of favorite art books for you and your kiddos to connect with and enjoy!

Our current 15+ favorite art books:


Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life- Picasso quote and family art activity


 
     


Happy making, friends!

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