Summer Art Fun!

The end of the school year is drawing near! What plans do you have? 

It seems like most people like to relax, travel, and have fun! However, most of us ALSO want to do something school-ish to keep our kids’ brains from turning to complete mush, right? 

This is why art is such a great subject to focus on over the summer!

Art is fun and interesting and gets our creative juices flowing- even if it’s just coloring. I highly encourage you to think about what art you can incorporate into your summer- here are some ideas:

  • Coloring Sheets– Print line drawings and color them when you’re listening to audiobooks or even in the car (if it’s not a super bumpy road). If you’re traveling, look for coloring sheets from places you plan to visit or are visiting- it makes the trip so much more memorable!
  • Travel Journaling– You can sketch the sights and scenes but also stash ticket stubs, stickers, and brochures.
  • Nature Journaling- If you’re living or traveling to somewhere cooler than our Tucson, AZ summers, nature journaling is a great way to relax and notice everything around you. If you’re in the heat like me, save this one for our lovely winters! You can find more info here: Intro to Nature Journaling.
  • Sculpting Air Dry Clay– This one is so simple and fun. Just open a tub of Crayola’s Air dry clay and start shaping the clay! Or you can make your own! Since this one can be a little messy, I recommend laying down some newspaper to work on! You’ll find more tips and recipes to make clay here: Intro to Clay
  • Shrinking Plastic- Did you know that the clear plastic lids you find on many take-out containers work like Shrinky Dink? Look for the number 6 inside the recycle triangle! Draw on it with Sharpies, cut it out, and bake it at 200F for a few minutes. Watch it shrink up to something tiny!! If you punch a hole in them before you shrink them, they can become charms or keychains!
  • Drawing on Rocks, Wood, or Tiles with Sharpies– There’s something about drawing on an unusual surface that makes it way more fun. I have no idea why, but it really is! I dare you to try it! This is one of the options given in our lesson plan, Lines and Shapes in Prehistoric Art. I also have a great blog post about drawing on travertine tiles to make a coaster!
  • Tie-Die- Whether you’re making a t-shirt, a tote bag, or a scarf, tie-die can be super simple or quite elaborate! Check out these amazing designs and instructions!
  • Pressed Leaves and Flowers– This one takes a little time, but it’s worth it! In the spring (Now!) collect some leaves and flowers (or buy some at a store) and then press them flat (in a flower press or under a pile of books) between some absorbent layers (like parchment paper, newspaper, cardboard, coffee filters…). Wait 2-4 weeks (depending on the humidity where you are) and then pull them out. Now the fun really starts! Glue them to a card base, put them in a frame, modge podge them onto something, or make something unique! I like making cards because I like sending cards, but this is also a really fun project for working with symmetry and mandalas!
  • Art lesson Plans– We have tons of these and a really wide variety too! They’re super easy to use with a teacher script and modifications for different experience levels. Plus, you and your students will be learning a bunch while you’re creating! Not sure you want to commit to a large package of lesson plans? That’s ok, you can buy them individually and they’re all on sale, now through April 30, 2024!

If you’d like to see what art lesson plans we offer, I suggest you start here: 

Art at Home You’ll find suggestions for basic art supplies, why tracing is a great way to learn, how to have a successful art museum visit and more!

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