There are a million ways to set up an art project but we think this makes the top 10 any day! STEAM is an exciting way to combine art and science to come up with something pretty cool. Painting with magnets is a fantastic way to explore magnetism and create a unique piece of art. This magnet art project is a hands-on way to learn using simple materials. Paint, hardware, and magnets. Oh, and some paper too for this crazy art meets science experiment!

AWESOME MAGNET ART FOR KIDS

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MAGNETIC ARTWORK

Can you paint with magnets? Yes you can, as long as you have the right materials! This fun process art activity can be set up in a snap. Check out how cool it is to paint with science below and then read on for how to set up this unique STEAM project with just a few simple materials!

WHAT IS PROCESS ART?

Process art emphasizes the process of creating art rather than focusing on the finished art.  It’s about the journey not necessarily about the destination! Have you tried process art?

  • No step-by-step instructions!
  • No sample to follow!
  • No right or wrong way to create!
  • The final product is unique!
  • The experience is relaxing!
  • The experience is a child’s choice!

Process art is a great choice for young learners who may not have the developmental skills to produce amazing product art.  Explore process art for preschoolers and elementary with our magnet painting activity below.

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MAGNET PAINTING

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Magnetic wand or bar (we have this set)
  • Acrylic or tempera paint
  • Paper
  • Magnetic items including washers, nuts, and bolts!
  • Tray

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HOW TO SET UP MAGNET ART

Make sure to cover your surface as this could get a little messy!

STEP 1: This part is super easy! Put a squirt or blob of different colored paint on the paper.  Place the magnetic objects on the paper as well.

TIP: If your paint is very thick, make it thinner. In a separate cup, mix a bit of water into the paint. Then add the paint to the paper.

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STEP 2: Using a magnetic bar, horseshoe or wand pull the objects through the paint and around the surface of the paper using magnetism!

NOTE: You can also pull the objects from underneath the paper if you have it on a tray!

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Explore different size magnetic objects while you create a unique piece of art!

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WHAT IS MAGNETISM?

Magnets can either pull toward each other or push away from each other. Grab a few magnets and check this out for yourself!

Usually, magnets are strong enough for you to use one magnet to push another around on top of a table and never have them touch each other. Give it a try!

When magnets pull together or bring something closer, it is called attraction. When magnets push themselves or things away, they repel.

FINDINGS: Magnets work through paper, trays, and paint!

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