Children’s Art Week starts June 11th and we’re getting ready for all the awesome projects students will be creating around the world. If you’re new to Children’s Art Week, or time has snuck up on you (as it tends to do), don’t fret! We’ve brought you some great creative ideas your kids can do with objects already in your home or classroom.
1. Back to the basics
Remember sidewalk chalk art? We do. This is a simple and inexpensive way to celebrate Children’s Art Week. And, the best thing about this activity is that there are endless ways to have fun and be creative. Anyone of any age can create sidewalk chalk art outside of your home or at school. The art can have a theme, such as an underwater seascape, or just be a patchwork of colors. Have your student or child lay down and become part of the artwork as a Children’s Art Week keepsake.
2. Post-It Note Art Show
A couple of years ago, Giant Robot, in Los Angeles, put on a very cool post-it note art show that received warm reception. They invited over 300 artists to create their own post-it notes for the show. The result was an enormous variety of amazing artwork posted to the walls. For your class’ Children’s Art Week project, have your students create their own post-it note art piece. Take it a step further and invite the entire school to create post-it note art. Adorn the hallways with these post-it notes for your own incredible art show.
3. Get cross-curricular
It’s the end of the year and many students are cramming for finals and other standardized tests. If you don’t have extra time apart from your closing lessons, why not integrate art into core subjects like science? Using salt, food coloring and plastic baggies, you can easily and inexpensively make your own “colored sand” to do a variety of geological or astronomical activities with. For example, kids can create their own sand art nebula by filling assorted colors into a jar.
4. Merry mapmaking
With the advent of smartphones and Google maps, reading physical maps is becoming a dead art. But, what better way to teach geographical skills and map reading, while integrating creativity, than to make your own maps. The National Geographic provides lessons for students on how to create quite professional looking maps, including specifics like keys, compasses, scales, and latitudinal and longitudinal lines. If you want to make a simple and fun Children’s Art Week project to share with children across the world, create a map of your own city, showing your favorite landmarks, using paper, clay, animation, or well… any medium you like!
5. Make a mural
Making a mural is a fun and interesting way for kids to work together to create the bigger picture. Learning objectives for the mural can be as developed or easy as you want, from topics such as historical events, to practicing abstract painting techniques, to remaking a famous masterpiece, or creating a landscape with colored macaroni. Each child’s addition is an important piece of the puzzle, and altogether, the mural becomes whole.
If you’re in the UK and looking for creative activities to do with your kids during Children’s Art Week, check out this calendar run by engage, The National Association for Gallery Education. Can’t make it out to the events? Take some inspiration from the calendar and put on your own local activities.
Don’t forget to share your kids’ creations with us using the hashtag #ChildrensArtWeek!