Shake up your art with a little salt!
Art Project: Starry Salt Paintings
--salt (I used table salt, but you could probably try a variety of different salts to test the different effects if you wanted to....)
--liquid watercolors (I diluted them considerably with water)
--watercolor paper (best) or lightweight cardboard sheets
--small containers to hold individual portions of paint
Stars / Ray, Mary Lyn
note: while I LOVE this book and it is a great match to the project, it was not a great match for this age group for a large group of kids. I shared this with my son at this age, but as a bedtime story and one-on-one and it was lovely, but it's a little too poetic and long for this particular purpose. I'm sure you can find another book about stars to use. If you find one that you love, leave it in the comments section!
Where I got the inspiration for this project: The Artful Parent: Sticker Resist Starry Night Cards
What Kids Do: goal #1 -- get some stickers on your paper. Great fine motor skill work! For very little kids, this works best if adults can peel the stickers off their backing and hand the stickers to the kids so that they can position them on the page. Older kids can peel them off by themselves.
This enthusiastic "splat" went all the way to the drop cloth! (the artist was quite excited by that result!)
But don't be shy-- you really need to cover your page with lots of paint.
goal #3 -- sprinkle on some salt and watch what happens!
but the best part? shake it, baby!
Other fun: painting on your hand:
Hindsight Tip: for my first class, I used the cardboard sheets we often use with paint, but for the second class, I decided to try the watercolor paper the instructions actually call for. If you can afford it, I recommend the watercolor paint. While the cardboard sheets work well with tempera paints, watercolor just sort of rolls around on the surface and you really want it to grip the page better for this project. Also, if you have more than about 30 kids, three salt shakers might not be enough.
Variations to try:dripping watercolor paint onto salt
Adult Challenge: Try not to tell your child their artwork is pretty. Instead, talk about the experience they're having while making the art!