Sunday, 15 May 2016

Painting On Foil

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.

Painting on foil is a simple process art idea for kids. Inspired by Van Gogh's Starry night this activity works on fine motor skills and colour mixing for toddler and preschoolers.

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'.



To paint on foil you will need:



  • A piece of cardboard 
  • Foil
  • Tape
  • 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. 

Easy art techniques for kids: Painting on foil inspired by Van Goghs Starry Night.

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. 

Painting on foil using q tips.  Fine motor skills for toddlers and preschoolers.

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. 

Painting on foil using q tips.  Fine motor skills and colour mixing for toddlers and preschoolers.

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. 

Painting on foil using q tips - simple art ideas for kids.

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. 

Painting on foil using cotton buds - simple process art activity for kids.

This activity was simple to set up using items we had at home and each piece of artwork was unique. 

Van Gogh 'Starry Night' inspired painting on foil art activity ideas for kids.

simple fun painting techniques for kids- painting on foil

Harry: Age 4
Daisy: 21 months

Painting on foil is a simple process art idea for kids. Inspired by Van Gogh's Starry night this activity works on fine motor skills and colour mixing for toddler and preschoolers.

If you are looking for more process art ideas using foil check out the links below from other bloggers:

Foil Leaf Art from Kidz Activities

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6 comments:

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    1. Yes it does and you can keep the artwork. If you wrap the foil around card it will help it last a bit longer.

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    2. Does the paint stay on the foil or does it chip off after a while? This looks like an amazing activity I'd like to do with my kindergarten class. Thanks. Michelle

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    3. I kept ours for a couple of days and they were fine but if you wanted them to last for a long time I couldn't say for sure. My guess is that the paint may flake off if they were moved or knocked. Its a really fun activity to do though even if the artwork doesn't last. You could always take a photo of their paintings?

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