This super Cool Handprint Art project not only looks great, it’s also perfect for teaching and practicing the basic principles of colour-mixing.
The focus of this particular project is to create warm and cool hues out of primary colours.
Arty Crafty Kids are encouraged to experiment and play with colour through trial and error while creating an eye-popping piece of art that’s destined for the wall!
With three templates available, Arty Crafty Kids have the opportunity to make this project their own.
Cool Handprint Art: Materials
Paint – A medium of your Arty Crafty Kids choice
Cool Handprint Templates:
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Cool Handprint Art: Video
Cool Handprint Art: Tutorial
Your Arty Crafty Kids may find it useful to refer to this
Basic Colour Chart throughout the process of Cool Handprint Art.
This particular art project offers Arty Crafty Kids with an opportunity to explore and experiment with colour-mixing; mixing beyond the secondary colours to create various shades of their favourite colours!
Step 1: Download a template of your choice (the sign-up form can be found towards the end of this post) and print.
Using a pencil, ask your Arty Crafty Kids to draw around their hand as many times as they like.
Create clear single prints or layer, forming crisscrossing hands.
Step 2: Add paint.
To make the most of this colour-mixing opportunity, I would recommend offering your Arty Crafty Kids just Red, Yellow and Blue paint, with White and Black.
Using the colour reference chart, ask your Arty Crafty Kids to play with the colours.
Ask them questions:
What are warm colours?
A: Warm colours are hues from red through yellow – consider the colours in sunsets
What are cool colours?
A: Cool Colours are hues from blue-green through blue-violet – consider the shades of the sea or a twilight setting
To explore the contrast of warm and cool tones, we focussed on the hands as warm and the background as cool.
Mixing Red and Yellow, begin creating the first warm or cool tones.
Step 3: Following both the handprint lines and segmentation of the template, handprint will begin to pop from the page.
Continue colour-mixing and painting until the handprints are complete and then add contrasting hues of blue and green to the background.
Step 4: Continue colour-mixing and experimenting until the paper is filled with beautiful colours.
How many new colours can your Arty Crafty Kids make?
Step 5: As well as creating an amazing piece of handprint art, your Arty Crafty Kids will be mentally measuring quantities of paint to create their desired tones and assessing the cause and effect of their choices.
How much red and yellow do they need to mix to create orange?
Can they create the same shade twice?
What happens when black or white is added to a primary colour?
Your Arty Crafty Kids will naturally work through these questions as they progress through the art project, which in my opinion, is where the real creative magic happens.
Their artistic choices will be based on the findings of their creative experiments and with every mix, every stroke of the paintbrush, they will learn something new.
So if their colour-mixing results in a brownish looking mess, don’t stop the process. Instead, offer new palette (if desired) and see what happens…
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I hope your Arty Crafty Kids enjoy this Cool Handprint Art project!
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