Welcome Ketton artists! Each week I will be setting an art challenge which can involve the whole family should you wish to. Make sure you take lots of photos and share them with your class teachers on Dojo.
Cardboard Robots with Moveable Joints
For this activity you will need:
- Scrap cardboard boxes
- Split pins for connecting the joints
- PVA glue, glue stick and glue pot
- Paints and brushes and/or felt tip pens or other colouring materials
- Paper or sketchpad and pencil for drawing designs
- Design your robot.
- Draw out the different shapes and components of your robot on the scrap cardboard. Cut out the parts. Be careful and remember to ask for adult help if it's tricky.
- Bore a hole in each of the sides and ends, ready for connecting together with the split pins. Depending on the age you’re working with, this may require adult assistance.
- Attach the body pieces together through the holes in the body and arms, using the split pins.
- Glue different parts on to give the robot a 3D appearance.
- Leave the robot to dry thoroughly before painting it and drawing on the robot's details.
This week's challenge is to make an origami frog or butterfly.
Carefully follow the instructions on the links below.
How to draw a Superhero 🦸♀️ 🦸🏽♂️
This week’s challenge is to follow the instructions and learn to draw a superhero. When you have drawn the outline of your character you will need to design their costume. What colours are you going to use? What super power does your hero have? What is your character’s name going to be?
Blow Paint Monsters
Things you'll need:
- Thick paper or a small canvas
- Craft paint
- Googly eyes
- Small piece of black and white paper (for the monster’s mouth)
- Pom poms, stickers
- Coloured markers
- Dilute your craft paint with a bit of water until it flows nicely. When your paint mixture is ready place dollops of paint onto your paper or canvas.
- With a straw, blow the paint into every direction by turning your paper while you blow. You can experiment with different sizes straws for different effects
- Leave your paint to dry overnight.
- Once dried, decorate your monster! Glue the eyes, cut out a mouth shape with black paper, and add white teeth. You could also draw legs and arms to decorate however you like.
- Once finished you could also cut out your monsters and glue them all together onto a large piece of paper to display your monsters creations all together!
My challenge this week is to create a picture from vegetable prints. You could use broccoli to print trees, celery and peppers for flowers or carrots for wheels. Remember to be careful and ask for grown-up help if you need it.
My challenge this week is to make a Galaxy in a jar.
List of Materials
- 4 recycled cups or yoghurt pots
- Acrylic paint (I used pink, purple and two shades of blue)
- A recycled jar or bottle
- Cotton balls
- Fill cups halfway with water.
- Add 4-5 drops of paint to each cup; using a different cup for each colour of paint.
- Fill a jar 1/4 of the way full with cotton balls, using your fingers to pull the cotton apart a bit before placing them in the jar.
- Choose the cup with the lightest colour of paint and pour in just enough of the paint mixture to soak the layer of cotton balls.
- Add some glitter.
- Repeat steps 3-5 for the next three colours (continuing to work your way from lightest to darkest colours).
- Use a skewer to push some of the darker paint into the lighter paint and spread the glitter around a little (be careful!)
- Screw on the lid and enjoy!
This week's challenge is to make a dream catcher. Dream catchers are supposed to catch the bad dreams and let the good dreams through.
A paper plate
A hole punch
String or wool
Feathers and beads/pasta tubes
Glitter, paint, crayons, pencils for decoration
Cut a circle out of the centre of the paper plate so that it forms a ring. Hole punch around the edge of the paper ring. Thread wool through the holes until it resembles a spider web. Hang feathers, pasta tubes and/or beads from the bottom of the ring. Decorate.
Make an Ammonite
All you need is cardboard, masking tape, glue, scissors, some old magazines, a few cocktail sticks, straws or rolls of paper.
Exploring patterns in nature
Choose a leaf, flower, pinecone, stick or stone and bring it home to examine. If you can't get outside, look online or find a picture. Then, take time to observe and talk about the patterns you see. What shapes/colours can you find? How are they organised? Why might these patterns exist? Then draw/recreate the patterns. What do the patterns make you think of? What other things in the world have you seen that are similar? Finally, have fun and make your own picture with the same shapes and colours.
Remember to post your photographs to your class dojo.
A kindness rock, sometimes called a kindness stone, is simply a rock that someone has taken and decorated with an inspirational message. They can be any size or shape, as big or small as you like! The point of these cute stones is to sprinkle positivity around your community. Once you paint a rock, the idea is to leave it somewhere for another person to find and enjoy. As we all know, sometimes a simple message of kindness can spark joy and brighten someone's entire day.
You will need:
- A flat/smooth stone
- Acrylic paint (or any paint you have in the house)
- Sealer (PVA glue will do)
- Paint brushes
Paint your rock, be as creative as you like, then seal it.
I challenge you to make a salt dough family keepsake like in the pictures above.
You will need:
- 500g of plain flour
- 250g of salt
- 250 ml of water (add slightly more if necessary)
- Mix the flour and salt then add the water
- Mix into a dough
- Roll out onto a flat surface into desired shape approximately 1-1.5cm thick (you can sprinkle some flour down to prevent sticking)
- Place on a baking tray
- Make hand imprints as deep and clear as possible
- Place in the oven on the lowest heat possible and leave for 3-4 hours or until completely solid.
- When cooled, paint with your choice of colours
- Seal with any kind of vanish or PVA glue