I love Halloween. Its always fun to decorate the studio and I love Halloween based art lessons. This year I also decided to combine the Halloween art lesson with the Day of The Dead (Día de Muertos) holiday as I also love Sugar Skulls. We talked about both holidays and then set to work.
STENCILED SUGAR SKULLS
We have been talking about the use of stencils in class a bit as one of our themes this term is Street Art (more posts on this to come). So with much excitement from the children I got out the spray paints and a big tarp (outside on our lawn, a great advantage of my home studio) and showed them how to use spray paint and a stencil. As expected they loved it and there will be more spray painting to come... I'm thrilled with how these sugar skulls turned out.
What you need:
- Skull stencil
- Black Paper
- Silver Spray Paint (low toxicity)
- Pencils, metallic markers etc to decorate with
- Stick on Jewels, Glitter and Feathers (optional).
- With the children wearing masks and working outside we spray painted the skull onto black paper using the stencil.
- Leave to dry (we painted our cats whilst these were drying)
- Decorate with pencils and markers
- Add jewels and feathers if you wish. I also had small plastic spiders on the table for decoration that some children glued them on as well (with my permission).
This art lesson was inspired by this pin by Art Projects for Kids.
What you need:
- Black Liquid Watercolour
- Square White Paper
- Oil Pastels
- Black Permanent Marker
- Draw Cat face with pencil - remind them to draw it BIG
- Go over with black permanent marker
- Rub out pencil lines
- Colour in eyes and nose with oil pastel. Ensure they colour in the white of the eye too if they are going to go right over the eyes with paint.
- Paint whole sheet of paper with liquid watercolour.