Thursday, 19 November 2015

Stenciled Sugar Skulls and Black Cats

I love Halloween.  Its always fun to decorate the studio and I love Halloween based art lessons.  This year I also decided to combine the Halloween art lesson with the Day of The Dead (Día de Muertos) holiday as I also love Sugar Skulls.  We talked about both holidays and then set to work.

We have been talking about the use of stencils in class a bit as one of our themes this term is Street Art (more posts on this to come).  So with much excitement from the children I got out the spray paints and a big tarp (outside on our lawn, a great advantage of my home studio) and showed them how to use spray paint and a stencil.  As expected they loved it and there will be more spray painting to come... I'm thrilled with how these sugar skulls turned out.

What you need:
  • Skull stencil
  • Black Paper
  • Silver Spray Paint (low toxicity)
  • Masks
  • Pencils, metallic markers etc to decorate with
  • Stick on Jewels, Glitter and Feathers (optional).
How To:
  • With the children wearing masks and working outside we spray painted the skull onto black paper using the stencil.
  • Leave to dry (we painted our cats whilst these were drying)
  • Decorate with pencils and markers
  • Add jewels and feathers if you wish. I also had small plastic spiders on the table for decoration that some children glued them on as well (with my permission).
The Results:


This art lesson was inspired by this pin by Art Projects for Kids.

What you need:
  • Black Liquid Watercolour
  • Square White Paper
  • Oil Pastels
  • Pencils
  • Black Permanent Marker
How To:
  • Draw Cat face with pencil - remind them to draw it BIG
  • Go over with black permanent marker
  • Rub out pencil lines
  • Colour in eyes and nose with oil pastel.  Ensure they colour in the white of the eye too if they are going to go right over the eyes with paint.
  • Paint whole sheet of paper with liquid watercolour.
The Results:


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