Exploring Line with Tape Resist
When we visit the Art Museum, as toddlers I often focus on one of the four basic elements of art (color, shape, line, texture). It is just one way to encourage your little one to pause and look more closely at the artwork - especially if they have already been to the museum several times.
We started with a book, as we so often do. Lines that Wiggle is a fun one that I stumbled upon. It has a raised line that runs throughout the book so you can trace it with your finger and feel the different lines. It talks about all different kinds of lines and then encourages you to look around your home or world for lines.
Prepare a space for each child with a table covering, smock, canvas, and painter's tape. I had ours pre-torn near each work area. An older child could do this step independently, but our two year olds still have trouble tearing tape. Have paint cups, paint brushes, and paint on hand.
When they come to the table, invite each child to make lines with the tape on the canvas. In general they can do this however they like, but keep in mind that there needs to be some white space remaining for the stripes to appear later.
When they are satisfied with the tape, have them help you pick paint and fill their cup(s). Offer them a paint brush and encourage them to cover the canvas.
After they have finished painting, have each toddler walk their paint brush to the bathroom for rinsing - cups too if you are feeling brave. When they come back, the paint should be dry enough to remove the tape. You can also let them dry overnight, but the tape can be a little more stubborn.
Encourage them to help you throw away the tape, while you hang or place the paintings somewhere to dry.
Wash hands one more time.
Put paint shirts and table cover in the wash.
*Paint another layer on after you have removed the tape. This is actually what our daughter decided to do the next day that resulted in the bottom image.
Explore the element of line in other ways…
*Make continuous line drawings
*Make a collage of lines with materials such as ribbons, strips of paper, and tape.
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