My son was aching to use this crinkly red paper that came in a gift basket last week. So I gathered it and some other random red materials for some “messy art” which is my son’s name for a collage. He loves pretending he is a garbage truck dumping the materials into the landfill. I am all for pretend play during art time! Collages are a fun way to use up scraps, and make beautiful art.
- Gather your materials. You will need some cardboard, scissors, a marker, glue , red paint and /or glitter glue, and a mix of red materials like tissue paper, foam, construction paper and fun red paper like these fillers.
- Start by having your child if they are able to cut the paper into smaller pieces. Scissor skills are very important so working it into a project like this is easy , logical and saves you step!
- While they do that cut open the cardboard and draw a heart.
- Paint it red!
- Add glitter.
- Add glue. I wiggled the paper as he held the glue, which he thought was hilarious and it prevented big globs.
- Add your materials. This step took 3o seconds- he drizzled a few then he dumped them on and smashed them down.
- Let dry and cut out.
My son liked doing this so much when I took his heart to dry he grabbed the extra materials and made one all by himself! Both are proudly displayed !
I love art, I specifically love Henri Matisse. My love affair with his work started many years ago now my son has a Matisse print in his room and I look at it every night as I snuggle him to bed. I think exposing our kids to fine art at a young age is a great idea, if they can find Dora in a busy toy store, why not appreciate Matisse, Klimt or Picasso? Matisse is a great artist to try to copy because in his final years he didn’t paint, instead he used painted cut outs. It’s easy to collage in his style for a great tribute. We made our version of Matisse’s masterpiece
- Gather your materials. You will need multicolor scrap paper, plain white paper, scissors and glue.
- Look at the masterpiece you want to pay homage to. I love this painting and when I showed my son a few different ones he liked this the best.
- Cut the paper needed. I tried to copy the shapes and colors best I could but there really is no need to be exact. If your child is able to cut let them cut it out.
- Add glue to the edges.
- Add the frame pieces.
- Have your child ad some glue and start placing pieces. At first I was directing it and things were fine, but then I heard ” I do it!” so I conceded. If I am going to preach allowing your child to do it, I best practice that too.
- Add the rest.
- Let dry .