This post features a spring shapes sponge art lesson that can be taught and completed by children with the help of an adult. The technique of using sponges and layering bright paint colours creates beautiful results worth framing.
We wanted to create some kid-created art to hang up for spring. We choose some cute clip art pictures with bold outlines that can be easily traced. I used shapes from the clip artist Kate Hadfield. She has a great selection of seasonal sets and a creative look to her images.
I enlarged the images in a Power Point document and printed them off the computer on white paper. You could recreate this art activity with any images for any season or theme you wish. I cut the shapes out along the outlines.
I cut pieces of heavier paper large enough to fit each shape inside. I use a Sharpie marker and carefully trace the outline of each shape. I make sure the black outline is thick enough to follow during cutting. Each shape is cut out carefully with only 1 cut-in to the shape. After cutting out the shapes, I am left with the inner and outer pieces. You can save the inner pieces and use those for a future art activity. You will need the outer pieces for this activity.
I cut white pieces of quality art paper approximately the same size as the blue paper. I suggest using a paper clip or bag clip to keep the two together while painting. This way there is no slipping and the shape stays exact.
We bought a pack of sponges at the dollar store and cut them into smaller pieces using scissors. I pour acrylic paint onto an art palette to keep colours separated. You could use tempura paint if you wish. We use bright colours for spring. I have a different sponge ready for each colour of paint.
To paint, dab the sponge in one colour at a time and lightly drag off the extra paint on the edge of the palette. We use the sponge all of the inner cut-out, making sure to get all along the edges.
We use different colours for each shape.
Sometimes we layer the colours on top of each other. Sometimes we overlap the colours but used different colours for different parts of the shapes. We sponge paint each shape one at a time.
We cover the entire shape and carefully remove the blue paper. We are left with the beautiful results below.
Our spring shapes sponge art turns out unique and bright. Great for any display in the classroom or home.
NOTE: Let children get creative and add their own details. My son added rain for the umbrella and leaves for the ladybug.
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