Oh my goodness!! It’s been a very long time since I’ve gotten a post up this quickly after doing an art project with the kids, but I just couldn’t wait to share this one from art camp last week. How amazing are these donuts? I just stood back and watched them paint and collage and create these masterpieces (while snapping a thousand photos). I so badly wanted to keep them for myself. Do I say that every time? I do, I think. Well, it’s true. These four and five year olds have such freedom of expression. It is so fun to witness.
Read on for supplies and more photos…
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~ Large scale cardboard (I have been saving ours from our ping-pong table purchase two years ago)
~ First, draw a big circle on your cardboard and then a little circle in the middle (I purposely didn’t want to make the circles too even so I hand drew them.) Then use the first donut as a template for the rest. Next, cut the donuts. This is not easy or fun. I used an exacto knife. I have this awesome board that I put under it when I cut but you could also just put another piece of cardboard underneath.
~ Next I set out the donuts on the table and floor (I didn’t have room for all five kids at the table) and scattered the paint jars around. They painted and shared paint and moved around if they needed too.
~ After they were done painting, I gave them each a tray with collage material and some glue. I told them that rather than sprinkle the sprinkles on top, it might be better to place them more carefully and make sure that each piece had a dot of glue. This works better for two reasons: 1 – it will ensure that the sprinkles will not fall off after the paint dries, and 2 – it extends the time spent on the project 🙂
(I love how this little artist carefully placed her sprinkles all the way around the edge.)
~ That’s basically it! The process is really simple…anything goes! The prep is pretty simple, too – it’s just the cutting of the donuts that’s kind of a hassle. But the collage materials are easy to prepare.
This one above reminds me of something my dad would paint. He has spent decades working on making his abstracts look as effortless as this. The colors, the design, the little polka dots… it’s all just so delicious!
I would love to see your versions of this! Tag me on Instagram if you make them!
PS: Here are some Instagram fans who did this project. Don’t forget to tag me @artbarblog and I will share!!