Art challenges are the perfect place to start when you need a little inspiration. Do you want to encourage creativity and artistic expression? Do your kiddos need a little support to get started or stay engaged once started? Is a blank sheet of paper a little scary or do you find you are just doing the same things over and over when you take out the art supplies? Our process art exploration has been the best. If you can relate to any of these questions…then you need our art challenges for kids!
QUICK AND FUN ART CHALLENGES FOR KIDS
ART CHALLENGES TO DO WITH FRIENDS, STUDENTS, AND FAMILY
While we don’t want to dictate what our kiddos should make for “art” whether in the classroom or at home, sometimes we all just need a little encouragement to get started! A simple prompt or a single word, or a specific material can really get the juices flowing without stifling creativity. For example, what if you brought out junk mail and glue or a liquid matte gel medium (like cool glue) and made a collage? Then maybe you paint or stamp on top of that for a mixed media project…
START A NEW ART PROJECT
I know a blank page can be daunting. Do you know what I like to do? I like to start small and by that, I mean a small notepad, journal, or piece of paper. Go ahead and cut your paper in half or even quarters. Bigger isn’t always easier. Sometimes a bigger piece of paper simply feels harder to fill, especially if you want to finish a project in a short amount of time. Plus you can get more detailed with a smaller work area and fewer supplies.
To get you started… I’ve put together this absolutely FREE set of art challenges for kids (adults are welcome too) that will hopefully put a little sparkle back into your art time or give you a few minutes to drink your coffee while it’s still hot!
WHY DO ART WITH KIDS?
Kids are naturally curious. They observe, explore, and imitate, trying to figure out how things work and how to control themselves and their environments. This freedom of exploration helps kids form connections in their brain, it helps them learn—and it’s also fun.
Art is a natural activity to support this essential interaction with the world. Kids need the freedom to explore and experiment. Art allows kids to practice a wide range of skills that are useful not only for life but also for learning.
These skills include the aesthetic, scientific, interpersonal, and practical interactions that can be discovered through the senses, intellect, and emotions.
Making and appreciating art involves emotional and mental faculties. Art, whether making it, learning about it, or simply looking at it – offers a wide range of important experiences. In other words, it’s good for them!
Specific skills include:
Fine motor skills. Grasping pencils, crayons, chalk, and paintbrushes.
Cognitive development. Cause and effect, problem-solving.
Math skills. Understanding concepts like shape, size, counting, and spatial reasoning.
Language skills. As children share their artwork and process, they develop language skills.
ART CHALLENGES INCLUDED
My first art challenge mini pack was so well received, that I wanted to put together more art challenges to share with you! Grab both for 14 days of art-filled projects.
Who are these art challenges for? Anyone! I believe there’s quite a large age range that can enjoy these art worksheets on a variety of levels. Homeschool, classroom, weekends or vacations, or just free time…
Maybe you have a budding artist who craves new ideas… this is a great addition to an art cart! You can keep it simple with a pack of colored pencils or whatever is on hand or you can get crazy with mixed media. You can work directly on the sheet included in the mini pack or use an art journal instead.
TIP #1: Provide a diverse range of supplies (or keep it mess free and simple). Gather a wide range of materials for your child to use like paint, colored pencils, chalk, play dough, markers, crayons, oil pastels, scissors, and stamps.Keep in mind, if you want to use a lot of wet materials such as watercolors and glue, consider a heavy-weight paper over 100Lbs. I like 140lb paper for watercolors!
TIP #2: If your kiddo is loving just exploring a certain material, don’t worry about accomplishing a specific activity such as one of these art challenges. Instead, let them explore how they see fit! Be flexible. Instead of sitting down with a plan or expected outcome in mind, let your child explore, experiment, and use their imaginations.
Remember that blank page I talked about earlier… and where to start with it? Here’s a good place to let creativity fly.
Sometimes all you need is a single line to get started!
THE STORY OF YOU
This is all about you! Whether you want to sketch or collage, tell your story!
Classic but important and a quick art activity to spark further masterpieces. Go ahead and grab the paints or watercolors for this one or try oil pastels…anything you can blend and mix!
MOODS ND PORTRAITS
This doesn’t have to be a classic self-portrait, it can be all about lines and colors and patterns.
Try out a variety of lines to create a work of art. Lines are one of the 7 most fundamental elements in art. Go ahead make some lines!
Practice abstract…art that is! Get some inspiration below to create your own abstract art. Then go ahead and make your own circles in a journal and see what you can do!
POP ART PERSON
Andy Warhol is the king of pop art. Make your own pop art portrait and check out these coloring pages we have for more pop art fun.
There you go! 7 fantastic art challenges for kids (or adults) to get everyone in the mood. Go ahead and join the fun as well, why not? Whether your kiddos need more inspiration or you need a great screen-free project to pull out, art activities are always a hit in my book!