Colorful Dandelion Art Project for Kids
By Adriana Pallaci
I wanted to put something together for families to use as a resource for easy art projects that can be done in school or at-home using materials that you will (hopefully) have on-hand.
We’re using what we’ve got and we’re getting creative – and isn’t that what makes art fun?
Of course, we want our kids to have fun, but we also want to keep them engaged, learning, hands-on, and occupied!
With that in mind, remember that it’s ok to veer off course. If you don’t have a certain item, look around and see if there’s something else that you can use as a substitute.
a Sharpie or pen (regular markers will bleed)
a small bowl of water
watercolors (you can use finger paints or watered down acrylics)
a paint brush
something to go under your work to protect your work surface
1. Your dark paper should be in front of you in a portrait position (tall going up and down) and not landscape (long going left to right tall).
2. Starting at the bottom left of side of the paper, draw a slightly wavy line at an angle going toward the top right of the page. This line should only go just past the middle of the page. This is the stem.
3. Find the middle of the top right section of the paper, and put a dot, just smaller than a dime. This is the center of the dandelion.
4. Draw several lines from the center dot out. I like to start with 5 long lines to form the rough shape of a circle: one at the top, one on the right, one on the left, one on the bottom right, and one on the bottom left. This helps me keep the shape of a round dandelion.
5. Continue making lines that are different lengths, but none should be longer than your first 5 lines. Lines should be a little wavy. Some of the smaller lines can cross over the other lines.
6. At the end of each line, draw a small tear drop shape.
7. On a few tear drops, use your paint brush to place one drop of water.
8. Start with your lightest color on your brush and touch the brush to the water drops. The water drops should fill with color. The reason we start with our lightest color is because you’re going to continue using this water. If you start with a dark color, the water will turn dark, which will make your lighter colors look murky.
9. Once you’re done adding this color, hold your brush horizontally over the center of the dandelion (about 6-10 inches). Tap your brush with your finger to cause the paint to splatter.
10. Follow steps 7-9 for the rest of the colors.
11. At the bottom right of the page, add a saying or word. On ours at home, we wrote: Love, Hope, Joy, and Wish.
12. Let your artwork dry before picking it up – these drops of color will run!
There you have it! A work of art that’s definitely fridge-worthy.
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