Color Diffusing Animal Shapes

03 September, 2014 0 comments Leave a comment

color diffusing animal shapesUse the magic of Color Diffusing Paper to make lovely animal designs from basic shapes! View our tutorial and see how our art campers adapted their designs. 

Age: 4+

Duration: Drying time + 10 minutes

Learning Objectives: Use fine motor skills to squeeze paint out of pipettes onto paper. Develop beautiful arrangements of colors and observe how colors blend together to create new colors. Exercise scissor skills through cutting basic shapes. Learn geometric shape concepts and arrange shapes together to make animal designs. Encourage critical thinking and puzzle solving through shape layering. Combine math, science and art into one unified project.

You’ll Need:

R15212 Color Diffusing Paper (12 x 18″)

R54460 Squiggle Pipettes

R7512 Fingerpaint "No Mess" Trays

• Watercolor paint

• Scissors

• Glue

• Card paper sheet

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It is important for students to not only exercise their fine motor development, but to understand the processes behind color mixing, diffusion and artistic composition. This is a great exercise in learning composition as students get to use the shapes they have on hand to create interesting designs!

coloring animalsLay sheets of Color Diffusing Paper onto paint trays. Draw basic shapes on the sheets of paper using permanent markers, rulers and other measurement tools. In the photos above, we’ve drawn basic shapes such as squares, triangles circles, half moon shapes and more!

Next, our careful art campers took pipettes and dropped various paint colors onto the diffusion sheets.

painting diffusing paperThey loved seeing how the colors spread throughout the paper! This is the process of diffusion, where paint molecules spread through the paper molecules to fill in the spaces where there are no paint molecules.

paintingHere, one of the campers has mixed multiple colors together.

pipettesThis camper was careful to paint directly over the shape illustrations, but as the paint molecules diffused through the paper, the paint spread throughout the entire sheet!

watercolor paintHere’s another look!

squiggle pipettes paintIt’s a great process that children can see unfolding right before their eyes!

spraying water onto paintTo give the paint a hand, we sprayed the paper with some water to help push the paint molecules around. Notice how the permanent marker ink doesn’t blend with the rest of the paint, however!

sharpie on color diffusing paperAnother art camper was busy working away at her own diffusing paint canvas.

sharpie paintYou can see the paint already starting to spread across.

paint and sharpieHow cool is that?!

scissor skills

We left the paint to dry in the sun, which made the process happen a lot quicker!

cut and paste activityThe campers then cut up the various pieces following the outlines on the paper.

geometry shapes artThey are careful to follow the lines and reaffirm their knowledge of each shape. For instance, it’s easy to tell that this particular shape the art camper is cutting is a square. But how would you describe the candy-cane like shape?

cutting shapesWhile students are cutting, it’s a good idea to ask them what the various shapes can be used to make. Help them visualize their final designs as they are cutting the shapes out.

cutting paper shapesAsk students to use descriptive words when talking about their shapes.

pasting paper

Now let’s piece it all together! Here, one of the art campers has started to create the body and the head of an animal.

paper shapesUsing white glue and goo spreaders (read more about these awesome glue tools here!), the art campers pasted their pieces onto a large sheet of card paper.

glue paperCan you guess what kind of animal this art camper is making?

paper animalA cute piggy!

color diffusing animalHere’s another variation of our adorable piglets! This art camper even drew a smiley face!

paste colorful shapesHow about this work of art?

paste colorful shapesThe art camper here is adding on the legs…

underwater animal craftTo make an adorable crab picture! Isn’t that artwork so neat? Thanks for hanging out with us today. It’s been a blast!

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