Painting on foil is a simple process art idea for kids. This activity is great for working on fine motor skills as well as colour mixing. For this art technique we used cotton buds (Q tips) as paint brushes. Inspired by Van Gogh's paintings we used different shades of blue and explored swirling the paint around the foil.
We are loving our exploring famous artists series this month and todays painting activity was inspired by the Van Gogh process art in a tuff tray by 'Tuff Spot Play'. They painted on a much larger scale but I loved the way they used the different shades of blue to create the swirly effect like in Van Gogh's Painting 'Starry Night'.
Scroll down to see a video of the activity in action.
To paint on foil you will need:
- A piece of cardboard
- Cotton Buds (Q tips) (UK link/ US link)
- Paint (we used 2 shades of blue and white) (UK link/ US link)
- For inspiration we looked at the painting 'Starry Night' by Van Gogh. (UK link/ US link)
Painting on Foil
We set up our foil canvases by covering a piece of cardboard in foil and taping it in place on the back.
We squirted our blue and white paint onto a paper plate and took a look at Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' image for inspiration. We looked at the different shades of blue and the swirls and brush strokes. Then we were ready to get painting.
Daisy (21months) got stuck straight in. She picked up a cotton bud straight away and dipped it into the paint. I thought she might choose to use her fingers but she really enjoyed 'being grown up' and using the cotton buds like everyone else.
I had a go at swirling some paint around to encourage Daisy and before long she decided that she would prefer to work on my painting than her own.
Harry looked at the 'Starry Night' painting and had a go at recreating some of the small brush strokes. He then used his cotton bud to make some large swirly shapes around his foil.
Harry enjoyed mixing the paints together and pointed out that he could make is own swirly sky on the paper plate by mixing the colours together. He loved seeing the different shades of blue that he could make.
This activity was simple to set up using items we had at home and each piece of artwork was unique.
Harry: Age 4
Daisy: 21 months
Video - Daisy aged 2
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