Looking for something more for your kids than just a craft? Want your kids to learn art skills and express their creativity?
Of course there are plenty of requirements in the LDS youth and scouting programs that encourage art (you knew that was coming right?). As usual, I have a handy list for you below.
But what I really want to do is highlight this fantastic website appropriately titled, Art Projects for Kids.
Here you’ll find step by step instructions for things like:
This abstract watercolor still life, which makes a perfect project for the beginning artist. Even younger siblings can get in on this act.
Teach shading as kids turn circles into spheres with the Spheres in Space art project.
According to Kathy (the left brain behind this right-on website), kids are often surprised at how well they can draw when they have an image to look at. I think this raccoon is pretty cute!
Or how about this Van Gogh-inspired Sunflowers? What I love about her posts is she tells you exactly how to do the project, without telling you exactly. She gives the theory behind the instruction without taking away your creative license.
You can search for projects by age, artist, medium or style.
While you go check her out, I’m going to go get a snack.
Recycled Ritz Man is making me hungry.
Related LDS Youth and Scouting Program Requirements:
Faith in God Developing Talents requirement 4: “Make an item from wood, metal, fabric, or other material, or draw, paint, or sculpt a piece of art. Display your finished work for others to see. ”
Wolf Cub Scout elective 12a: “Make a freehand sketch of a person place, or thing.”
Wolf Cub Scout elective 12c: “Mix yellow and blue paints, mix yellow and red, and mix red and blue. Tell what color you get from each mixture.”
Bear Cub Scout elective 9a: “Do an original art project and show it at a pack meeting. Every project you do counts as one requirement. ”
Bear Cub Scout elective 9a: “Find a favorite outdoor location and draw or paint it. ”
Bear Cub Scout elective 10a: “Make a simple papier-mâché mask. ”
Personal Progress Divine Nature value project idea #4: “Using an artistic skill or handicraft you have learned, make something for your current or future home. Record in your journal how being creative is part of your divine nature and how sharing your creativity has blessed others.”
Duty to God Priest – Educational, Personal and Career Development requirement 10: “Create at least 3 paintings or drawings, and, if possible, display them in a church, school, or community cultural arts event.”
Art Merit Badge requirement 3: “Render a subject of your choice in FOUR of these ways: pen and ink, watercolors, pencil, pastels, oil paints, tempera, acrylics, charcoal, computer drawing or painting.”