Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A new art station & a poster sized art activity

I've always wanted a spot for my kids to go crazy wild with art. Because we're renters, this just isn't possible. I'm pretty sure our landlord would not like paint splattered all over the walls and carpets, but I'd really love to have a room to unleash the creative beast. My husband and I are both artsy folks, although lately, his art has been more focused on wood working... which needs a shop of it's own since that sort of hobby tends to cover things with a layer of saw dust.

Since we don't really have a designated space, we sometimes do the messier art outdoors, but I've always wanted a spot for the kids to sit down and color, draw, or doodle.... some place besides the kitchen table.

I've been eyeing IKEAS's LACK tables. They recently dropped in price so we headed to IKEA to snag a couple, and purchased four little kiddie stools as well. The kids really love their art station, and so do I.

There's a project I've been wanting to test out for some time, so we tackled that today. It's much more fun if you have more people involved, especially since there is so much coloring involved (and I didn't want to get out the paints).

I'm telling you, putting the stools and tables together definitely worked out my arms! Woo! Keagan loves having a seat and table that is his size.

I used a tin bucket to hold crayons and a black iron dish holder thingy (from Taste of Home- what are those called?) to hold scraps of paper.

It definitely is a big hit. They've also used the tables to eat on. I wanted two tables so the kids would have plenty of room. I think I made a good choice.

Here's our project. I took 8 sheets of paper and drew a cow on it. Then the kids each got a few papers (as did I), and colored them. Then I mounted them on red construction paper and taped them to the wall.

I know, I know... it's not the perfect cow. I promise, I'm a better artist than that! I'd love to do something similar to this and use frames instead of construction paper.

Let me know if you try it out! I'd love to see photos!


- said...

Very cool! Thanks for idea!!! :D P.S. I think the cow is perfect ;)

C & T Bishop Blog said...

CUTE!!! Love the cow! :)

Angie said...

This is just so cute!!

How are you? Have you gone to the doctor?


Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

What a great idea! It looks like they had a good time doing it, too!

Jeanette said...

That is a GREAT cow!

Neisey said...

That turned out super cute!