Lesson: Pastel Resist Bugs
This project combines multiple different mediums, along with everyday materials – which makes it both interesting and approachable!
Skill Level: Age 5+
Time Frame: 45mins
Project adapted from: http://www.thatartistwoman.org/2013/05/pastel-resist-bugs.html
- To explore and use multiple mediums to learn basic art techniques and skills
- To use everyday materials in new and exciting ways
- Brown paper bags
- Oil pastels (non water soluble)
- Black sharpie marker
- Tempera Cake paint (or watercolor paint)
- Bug reference books or pictures (optional)
- Colored paper
- Glue stick
- On the long side of your paper bag, use a pencil to draw a bug. You can use books or pictures for a reference, or have fun creating your own!
- Instead of using simple lines, use different shapes (triangles, squares, rectangles) to help you draw legs, antenna’s and other parts of the bug’s body.
- Outline your entire drawing with your black sharpie.
- Color in your bug with oil pastels. Make sure to leave some brown around (and even some inside) the bug.
- Wet your tempera cakes (you can use watercolors, too) and paint over your entire bug.
- Because the oil pastels will resist the paint in most places, you are left with added depth and texture to your bug.
- Cut out your bug (leaving a little extra around the edges) and glue it onto a colored piece of paper!
If you have younger kids who are struggling to draw a bug on their own, turn it into a game! You can each take turn adding eyes, legs, and different body parts to your crazy bug-creature!
Arts For Life 2016, www.artsforlifenc.org