DIY Summer Art Camp: Painting on Canvas

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Your kids love art class — so give them a little art class at home! Create your own art camp whenever you need a creative and fun activity with a few simples supplies and very few steps.


acrylic paint
paint brushes
paint tray

Steps to Painting on Canvases

1. Trace with pencil
DIY Art Camp: Painting on Canvas

2. Outline in sharpie. (Optional)

3. Add paint colors.
DIY Art Camp: Painting on Canvas

4. Hang and enjoy
DIY Art Camp: Painting on Canvas

Common Questions

Q: Do I need to teach your child how to draw – using a book or video?

A: No – but if they want to learn more, here are some of our favorite resources:

Usborne drawing books: What Shall I Draw? , How to Draw Animals 

Art Lab for Kids

Drawing with Kids, Monart Method

Thrive Art Online Videos ($ & a bit more prescriptive than I normally like)

Q: What if I want to teach my child about a particular artist’s style?

A: Use the book, Discovering Great Artists.

Q: What should you say if your child’s art isn’t any good?

A: Praise effort, style, or color. Ask questions. examples: “I love your choice of bright colors.” “You worked hard on this, didn’t you?” “How did you get this idea?

A: What do I do with all the art?

Q: Hang the best ones in your hallways, your child’s room, or your office.

What other questions do you have?

Go to: DIY Art Camp with Doodling and Zentangles

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