I did this art project with my 5 year old/Kindergarten class. It’s really simple, but the kids enjoy it because they get to be a little messy. In the photos below, I used my almost 3 year old daughter as my little assistant to show you just how to create this simple project.
For this project, we are inspired by Robert Indiana’s iconic work, LOVE, which was first created as a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art. It’s been made into a sculpture which has been recreated in multiple versions and a variety of colors, and is on display around the world.
I made cut-out letters (L, O, V, E) from the cardboard of a cereal box (also can use foam paper) and taped them on a white canvas (or piece of construction paper). Make sure you use gentle tape like painters tape, otherwise your white paper may rip (canvas is safe with scotch tape) when you peel the letters off later on.
Have your artist finger-paint with red, pink, purple and peach Washable tempera paints (we used acrylic paint here, which is stickier and messier on the hands and is harder to wash off later), until the whole paper is full of color.
It’s really important to make sure that paint is applied along the edges of each letter. If too many white spaces are left by the edges, the letters won’t look like letters when you lift off the stencils later.
After the paint dried, I peeled away the letters and BAM! There you have it, a beautiful work of art.
-White construction paper (or color of your choice)
-Washable tempera paint, in variety of colors
-Foam paper or cardboard (like a cereal box) for your letter stencils (L, O, V, E)
-Scissors (to cut out stencil letters)
This photo above was taken of one of my art student’s art works, when I was teaching. We used construction paper and bright tempera paints.
If you like this art project, then you’ll be sure to love 6 more Valentine projects for kids (that I created) over HERE!