Whether you joined us on 8/5/223 or you are looking for a few last-minute summer activities for the kids, we've got you covered. Below you'll find step-by-step directions as well as instructional videos for each activity that was a part of this year's Art 4 Everyone | 4 KIDS event.
Each activity was designed by a professional art educator and is specific to each age group. These resources are FREE and open to use at any time, for anyone. Because after all, Art is for everyone. So let the creative juices flow!
An easy self-portrait drawing using a medium of your choice: crayon, pencil, marker, etc. Can easily be done with hand-held mirror or photo for reference.
Materials needed: paper, drawing utensil, mirror
Experiment with color with this fun and simple activity. Only 2 steps: add paint to paper + blow with a straw.
Materials needed: paper, paint, straw
You can use just about any object for this project. It's neat to see what textures/prints an object can make.
Materials needed: paper, paint, any food/vegetable/object of your choice
Everyone loves pipe-cleaners. Stick some googly eyes on any pip-cleaner and you have a creature.
Materials needed: pipe cleaners, googly eyes, glue, scissors
Got scrap papers laying around? Don't let it go to waste — it's just a castle or work of art that hasn't been created yet. Let your child's imagination wander as they turn a handful of paper shapes into a masterpiece.
Materials needed: scrap paper, glue, scissors
At Art 4 Everyone | 4 KIDS, we shared a little bit about a local artist. For this project, we highlighted Luke Boyd, a baker and painter out of Athens, Ohio. Using a painting of his as a reference, kids practiced this fun technique with white crayon and watercolor paint.
Materials needed: paper, white crayon, watercolor paint, paintbrush
It's 2-D animation. It's a drawing. It's fun and simple.
Materials needed: paper, coloring utensils
Dots, dots and more dots. Watch your child go from a simple drawn object to an intricate work of art using points of their marker, paint brush, or whatever colorful medium they so choose. Experiment with lights, shadows, colors and more.
Materials needed: paper, coloring utensils (recommended: markers or paint)
What you need: a small notebook, a stamp or two, and an imagination. Create an animation from page to page with this simple activity.
Materials needed: small notebook/stack of paper, stamps
The possibilities are endless with clay/play-doh. Here are just a few ideas.
Materials needed: sculpey clay
Optional: sculpting tools
Teach your child about perspective and maybe learn a thing or two yourself with this simple activity.
Materials needed: paper, drawing/coloring utensils
Step by step, these flip books can be as simple or as advanced as you want. Just take it one scene at a time to create any story or animation with just a few small sheets of paper and a pen. Here are just a couple of ideas.
Materials needed: small notebook/stack of paper, drawing/coloring utensils
The possibilities are endless with this project. Starting with just one continuous line, combine any color, design or medium and fill in each shape.
Materials needed: paper, drawing utensils, coloring utensils
This is for those of you who had a pet rock when you were younger... Just kidding. But all you need for this is a rock, some paint and these tools to make a sick decoration for just about anywhere.
Materials needed: rock, acrylic paint, dotting tools
Experiment with a new medium. Draw and blend with oil pastels, creating any number of finished products. Here are some ideas.
Materials needed: paper, oil pastels, blending tool/tissue
Create a number of different prints with just a piece of styrofoam, a pencil and some paint. The ideas are endless.
Materials needed: styrofoam, pencil, paper, paint/ink, paintbrush/roller
Who doesn't love tiny bowls? Coil up any number of clay swirls and combine them to make any number of bowls. When finished, bake at 275° for 30 minutes.
Materials needed: sculpey clay, bowl mold
Turn any photo into a wire sculpture. It's giving ✨ aesthetic ✨.
Materials needed: aluminum wire
Optional: jewelry pliers, frame
Old magazines? Photos? Turn "trash" into art. Repurpose any piece of paper in combining it into an abstract work of art such as this.
Materials needed: paper, magazines, glue, scissors
In this activity at this year's Art 4 Everyone | 4 KIDS we highlighted local artist Maureen O'Keefe from Sidney, Ohio. Her style is extremely unique, following the blind contour technique.
Materials needed: paper, drawing utensil