Art Projects for Summer

Summer art projects

My last week in Gifted/Talented Art was much different from the previous two weeks. These were 30-minute blocks, and I had all the kids in the program, ranging from 5-14. We didn’t know beforehand that the students were that old, so I had to replan all my art projects for summer for my oldest class after Day 1 because I was so embarrassed asking 14-year-olds to watercolor (although they enjoyed it!)

Here are a few looks at some of the things that we did this week:

arts and crafts for the summer- projects to do during the summer for kids or in the weeks leading up to summer break
arts and crafts for the summer- projects to do during the summer for kids or in the weeks leading up to summer break

Monday: We watercolored our background and glued down sand for the beach. The watercolor was so much fun for the students. Then, the sand was an added bonus. This was the first time I had done crafts with sand. And BOY! Was this messy… I don’t think NKU was very happy with me after that class.

Andy Warhol style crafts for kids

Tuesday: Younger kids- We learned about Andy Warhol, then drew beach umbrellas and colored them Andy style!

Charcoal drawing idea for children

Tuesday: Older kids- charcoal sketching. We studied backgrounds, foregrounds, and shading.

Arts and crafts for the summer- projects to do during the summer for kids or in the weeks leading up to summer break

Wednesday: Older kids- Canvas and Acrylic painting, they loved it! I was envious that I wasn’t painting a beach scene too! Their creativity really showed here because I just told them to paint something summery. I got lots of different results on art projects for summer.

(Side note) Wednesday with the little ones, we painted with sponges, but I didn’t want to post a picture of that because you can find it here: More Gifted and Talented

Beach plate craft for children.

Thursday: We made beach plates! The kids painted the background with sponge paintbrushes, and then I made clay (dough) out of salt, flour, water, and alum. Sorry, I couldn’t get any action shots, but I literally had an inch of dough caked onto my fingers ALL day today!

It’s been a great three weeks, and I am so glad that I got to spend this time with these special little kiddos doing these art projects for summer. These three weeks helped me remember the importance of Art in the classroom.

Arts and crafts for the summer- projects to do during the summer for kids or in the weeks leading up to summer break
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