Like you, we have lots of artsy teens and we also have younger teens who just like to paint. This is a great activity because challenges the artistic teens and it’s cool enough for the teen who just likes to paint. There are some great examples on Pinterest.
Budget: Depends on what supplies you already own.
- White glue (We used Elmer’s glue)
- Black acrylic paint
- Watercolor paper or acrylic paper
- Watercolors (paint or pencils)
- Acrylic paint
- Watercolor brushes and normal paint brushes
- Craft stick
- Pre-mix the black glue
- Pour black paint into your glue bottle and mix with the craft stick.
- We pre-mixed four bottles but you can do as many as you want.
- There are two ways to do it-watercolors or acrylic.
- I personally like acrylic painting because the color pops and everyone can do acrylic paints.
- Watercoloring needs to be taught so learn how to use watercolors then give teens a crash course. Simply search beginner watercolors on Youtube and you are on your way.
- In my opinion, watercolor pencils are better than paints for beginners because you can’t get the color wrong.
- Whichever medium you use, have teens draw a picture. In the example below, the blue picture was done using watercolors and drawn free hand. The other was done using acrylic paints and was drawn with a protractor. For me, an artistically challenged person, the picture using a protractor was easier for me and took half the time. Asking non-artsy teens to do a picture like the tree can be intimidating while drawing basic lines is more approachable. You know your teens; it’s your choice what you want to put out for them.
- Paint the picture first because it dries quickly.
- During our program, we provided donuts for teens to eat while their painting dried. You can have them do a second painting while their first one dries. It’s up to you.
- Give teens scratch paper to practice outlining with the black glue-there’s a bit of a learning curve.
- Once their painting has dried, outline with the black glue.
- This will take about 20 minutes to dry so they can come back to get it or carefully take it home to dry.
It’s a really cool looking art project and it’s cheap and easy. You can have it as a two hour program or a passive drop in. It’s great for school age kids and well as adults because I had a great time practicing.