Monthly the museum hosts a "Create with Me" program designed for some of our youngest visitors. We like to think of it as a way to get your littlest artist creating and introduce them to the museum. We intend for the experience to be a great way to socialize with other parents and caretakers and a wonderful opportunity for kids who may not be in school to interact with instructors and other children close in age.
A typical "Create with Me" starts in the galleries with a short trip to view something on display and is followed by a project related to what we just saw. Since we missed or last "Create with Me" in April, we thought we'd share the project we had planned and some tips for doing it at home. Like most of these projects-- the set up is simple and some adult supervision is required [tip: in our art room we call parents Artist Assistants.]
Inspired by the amazing automobiles in the exhibition LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting we thought we would have some fun with toy cars-- But first check out these awesome vehicles!
Pretty cool, right? Next we need to gather our supplies...
We suggest using washable stamp pads for an easiesr clean up especially with really little ones-- but substituting a washable paint with a little bit of water can work. If you're using paint you may want to use a tray with sides (like a baking tin with sides) to keep the paint contained. Place mats, wet wipes and an emergency sponge might not be bad to have on hand either!
Let the wheels do the work! Imagine a car zig-zagging and leaving tire tracks...
Additional paper beneath our artwork helped keep "Off-Roading" to a minimum!
A look at one of the finished pieces! How'd do you think it turned out?
When you're all done: Don't forget to thorougly wipe down the car (paying extra attention to cleaning the bottom and wheels of your cars) by running a wet wipe over all of it's surfaces.
SUPER TIP: This project is all about speed and fun but that doesn't mean you can't maintain some control. Using phrases like: Red Light, Green Light, and "We're approaching the finish line and the winner is..." can help you keep some order and provide a clear beging and end to your project.
Don't forget to share with us and let us know what you think of the project!