Make this colorful and easy faux (imitation) fresco style painting inspired by famous artist, Michelangelo. This Fresco painting art activity for kids is a great way to explore art with kiddos of all ages. All you need is some flour, water and glue to make your own unique art! We love do-able art activities for kids!
HOW TO MAKE A FRESCO PAINTING
Fresco is a technique of mural painting made on freshly laid (“wet”) lime plaster. Water is used as the vehicle for the dry-powder pigment to merge with the plaster, and with the setting of the plaster, the painting becomes an integral part of the wall.
The word fresco is an Italian word, derived from the Italian adjective fresco meaning “fresh”. The fresco technique has been associated with Italian Renaissance painting.
Michelangelo was a famous artist who used this art technique. He spent four years working on the dome of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. He stood on a scaffold and painted over his head.
Many people believe that he actually painted lying down, but that’s not true. He was also a very famous sculptor as well. Some of Michelangelo’s works are among the most famous that have ever been made throughout history.
Be inspired by Michelangelo’s art, and create your own colorful faux fresco painting with our free Michelangelo printable art project below. Let’s get started!
WHY DO ART WITH KIDS?
Children 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 children 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 creatively.
Art allows children to practice a wide range of skills that are useful not only for life but also for learning. These 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!
MICHELANGELO FRESCO PAINTING
- 2 cups Flour
- 1 cup Water
- 1/2 cup Glue
- Wax or parchment paper
STEP 1: Add flour, water and white glue to a bowl. Mix well.
STEP 2: Pour the mixture into a bowl lined with parchment.
STEP 3: Let it dry for 6-8 hours but not completely.
STEP 4: Paint on the semi-firm surface with watercolor paints.
STEP 5: Leave to harden and then pull away the paper. Display your new fresco painting!
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