Silhouette Spray Art

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Create silhouettes of your favorite cartoon characters, stars, hearts, flowers or shapes. Build fine motor skills by using scissors and a spray bottle. 

What You Need:  

  • Paper 
  • Scissors 
  • Tape 
  • Spray bottle 
  • Paint (watered down) 
  • Cardboard (optional) 
  • Push pins (optional) 

What You Do:  

  1. Use the scissors to cut out a shape. 
  2. Tape the cutout shape to a larger sheet of paper. 
  3. Use the push pins to hang the paper to the cardboard box (or lay flat on a garbage bag or surface that can get messy). 
  4. Add paint and some water to a spray bottle.  Use just enough water to thin the paint so that it will spray easily. 
  5. Spray the sheet of paper with the paint from the spray bottle. 
  6. Remove the cutout shape and admire your work of art. 

Words to Use:  

  • Viscosity: The thickness of a liquid.  
  • Negative Space: The area around an object in a work of art. 
  • Positive Space: The area in a work of art that is filled by an object or image. 
  • Silhouette:  A darkimage, shadow, or shape that you see against a light background. 

What to Talk About:  

  • Tell me about your creation. 
  • What part of the picture is the negative space?  What part is the positive space? Does the positive or negative space change when you remove the cutout paper to reveal the finished painting? 
  • How does the viscosity of the paint change when we add water to it? 

Change It Up:  

  • Collaborate with your friends or family to create a series of silhouette spray art paintings. 
  • Cut out several shapes and fill the paper to create a scene instead of just one object.  
  • Use more than one color of paint and watch the colors mix. 
  • Use colored paper for the background paper. 
  • Use leaves or other items found in nature instead of cutting shapes out of paper. 

Learning Connections:   

  • Creativity  
  • Imagination  
  • Innovation  
  • Fine Motor Development  
  • Using Tools  

Curriculum Connections:  

  • Visual Arts: K.V.1, K.V.2, K.V.3, K.CX.2.2, K.CR.1, 1.V.1, 1.V.3, 1.CX.2.2, 2.V.1, 2.V.3, 2.CX.2.2, 3.V.1.2, 3.V.1.4, 3.V.3, 3.CX.1.5, 3.CX.2.2, 4.V.1.2, 4.CX.2.2, 5.V.1.2 
  • Science: K.P.2 

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