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Needle felting isn’t as well known as some of our other crafts, but your kids will love to learn to sculpt wool with a needle. They can look at examples or come up with their own creations. 3rd grade and up. Warning: the needles are extremely sharp, so children do need to be careful.
Kids can learn the useful skill of sewing while creating a cute piece.
Here are some works, from a range of artists, to inspire your painting party.
American artist Wayne Theibaud first became known for his rich and intensely colored paintings of cakes and pies. He uses the placement of cool and warm colors to enhance the colors. Students will learn some of his techniques to paint something sweet. All ages.
Paint a swirly sky inspired by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night (all ages). Or learn about van Gogh’s sunflower paintings, then paint your own flowers on canvas. Flowers provided for additional inspiration. (It is a beautiful party.) K and up.
Look at Brazilian artist Romero Britto’s colorful Heart Paintings and then create one of your own. 4 yrs and up.
American artist George Rodriguez’s blue dog paintings will inspire you to paint your own colorful dog. Second grade and up.
Look at Canadian artist Ted Harrison’s layered landscape paintings. Students will use his technique to create perspective and make a colorful painting of their own. 2nd grade and up.
German Artist Paul Klee used geometric shapes to create architectural paintings. Students will use his technique to create castles or cityscapes of their own on canvas.
Make heart paintings inspired by American artist Jim Dine. All ages.
American artist Keith Haring made lively figure paintings. Students will be shown how to make simple figures and replicate them to make an energy filled painting.
Learn about Austrian painter Gustav Klimt’s tree of life painting series. And paint one with your own symbols and favorite colors. 3rd grade and up.
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has become famous for her polka-dotted paintings and installations. Students will look at pictures of her work and technique and create a lively patterned painting of their own.
Your party guests can make most any shape they want but we will give them some suggestions and guidance.