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Do your kids love doing art? Or do they hesitate to put paint to paper because their art might not come out just the way they want it?
Cut Up Art is a technique that can help even young perfectionists feel comfortable with the artistic process, because the art they create initially will be cut and changed into something else to create the end product. Therefore, there’s no need for their paintings to be perfect!
But even if you don’t have a reluctant artist on your hands, your child will still enjoy this Cut Up Art technique because it uses several art mediums and provides a beautiful finished product.
Note: For more AWESOME art activities, see my Arts and Crafts for Kids page.
Disclaimer: I was compensated for writing this post. All opinions and ideas are my own.
About Kwik Stix
I have a confession to make.
We own a nice set of tempera paints, but I usually dread bringing them out because my kids always manage to make such a mess with them! I know painting is a great activity for kids, but the half hour of cleaning I have to do so they can paint for 10 minutes just isn’t worth it sometimes.
However, for this project we tried a new kind of paint called Kwik Stix that I absolutely loved. And my kids loved it too!
Kwik Stix paints from The Pencil Grip are solid tempera paints that look like glue sticks. Kids simply rub the tube of solid paint onto their painting surface, and the result is a nice layer of paint with thicker, more vibrant colors than what one would get from using markers or crayons.
But what are my two favorite things about Kwik Stix? First, painting with Kwik Stix is virtually mess free. And second, the paint dries super fast. Like, in 90 seconds fast.
How to make Cut Up Art
To make Cut Up Art, you will need the following materials:
- White paper
- Construction paper, preferably in a larger size than the white paper
- Kwik Stix
- Kid-friendly scissors
- Glue stick
In the first step, use paint to add color to a sheet of paper. You can draw stripes, as shown in the image below, or any other pattern you choose.
Let the paint dry. (This only took about 90 seconds with Kwik Stix.)
In the second step, cut your painted paper into strips. My son used our scrapbook scissors to make some fancy edges on the strips he cut.
My daughter used regular, straight edge scissors to cut her strips.
Once you’ve cut your strips, lay them on different colored construction paper to determine the background color you like best.
You can also play with the spacing between the strips as well as flipping some strips upside down and keeping other strips right side up.
Once you’ve decided on a color and a layout, glue the strips onto the construction paper.
My daughter’s final piece of art involved slanted strips, some of which went past the edge of the background paper. I loved her creativity and ability to think outside the box!
My son opted for a red background and one flipped strip in the middle.
I loved the plaid look of this piece of Cut Up Art I did with tight spacing between the strips.
Looking for more hands-on activities that incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM)? Then you’ll love STEAM Kids! This book features 52 hands-on activities are helpfully identified by category (science / technology / engineering / art / math) so you know exactly what skills your kids are developing.
More arts and crafts resources
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- Trace the shapes art project
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