Family Night

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Host a Family Paint Night!

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. -Pablo Picasso

Let your kids inspire creativity as your family unleashes their inner artists and the paintbrushes fly during Family Paint Night. Remember, there is no right or wrong, everyone should just relax and enjoy the creative process.

Set up a table on your patio or in the garage and cover it with an old vinyl tablecloth or some newspaper. Designate a central area for paint and supplies so people can get more supplies as needed.

Materials:

  • 1 canvas per person
    • Check with your local hobby or art supply store for coupons! 
    • You can also use bristol board paper for a smoother painting surface.
  • Paintbrushes in various sizes
    • If your canvases are small, you will want small brushes, larger canvases will need larger brushes.
  • Various colors of acrylic paint
    • Be sure to get the primary colors: red, blue and yellow, plus black and white. You can always mix these colors to make different shades of green, purple and orange.
  • Palettes
    • You can use old plastic plates or non-absorbent paper plates.
  • Water containers
    • Wash brushes between colors and after you are done painting so you can continue to use them.
  • Black permanent markers
    • These are an easy way to add details to a piece after the paint has dried.
  • Paper towels

 

Not sure where to get started? Why not paint a portrait of the family pet, or have each member of your family choose a photo from a recent vacation to paint. You can also paint portraits of each other. All of these would look great together hung on a wall as a collage. 

Remind painters to paint large and fill up the space. A good rule to follow is paint larger than your hand, to help children understand size. You can define the space between the sky and the ground by drawing in a horizon line before you start. This is a great activity to unleash your inner artist!

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