Art Snacks: Activities for Young Artists
Calling all little artists! Get a taste of a work of art and your creative juices flowing with monthly activities for 3- to 5-year-olds and their caregivers.
This month learn how to transform a favorite pastime—blowing bubbles—into an artful exploration of color and texture. We take inspiration from Margaret Sartor’s photograph Will with bubble wand, Monroe, Louisiana. Keep reading to learn more.
Margaret Sartor, Will with bubble wand, Monroe, Louisiana, 2000; printed 2005, pigmented inkjet print, 22 × 21 3/4 in., Gift of the artist.
The young boy in Margaret Sartor’s photograph peeks at us through a sudsy bubble wand. Have you ever used a tool like this to blow bubbles? What kind of bubbles did it make?
Learn more about this photograph by watching the video below. Plus gather inspiration to create an artwork of your own by blowing bubbles!
Follow along to create your own bubble prints! Gather the supplies you’ll need:
- Table covering
- Paper towels
- Measuring cup or spoons
- Dish soap
- Water-based paint or food coloring
- Spoon or stir stick
- Card stock or thick paper
Step 1: mix your ingredients.
What colors come to mind when you think of summer?
- Cover your work surface.
- In a bowl mix equal parts dish soap and paint.
- Add an amount of water that is approximately half the amount of paint.
- Mix together.
Step 2: make bubbles!
- Using a straw blow into your mixture until bubbles rise to the top. You want your bubbles to be overflowing out of the bowl.
- Make sure to blow into your straw so you don’t get soapy paint in your mouth. Yuck!
- Tilt your bowl toward you to blow your bubbles more easily if your dish is shallow.
- Observe your bubbles. What colors do you see? What color does the world look like through them?
Step 3: catch the bubbles.
- When the bubbles are near the top of your bowl, place the paper on top to catch the bubbles.
- Flip your paper over and pop any bubbles or gently blow them away.
Step 4: repeat.
Repeat this process by layering different colors on top.
- Mix a different color of paint into your bowl and observe what new color forms. Make sure to add a little more soap and water if you do this.
- Or use a new bowl to create new colors of bubbles. Try mixing warm and cool colors on top of each other.
Optional step: collage with your bubble print paper.
- Once your paper is dry, cut your bubble print paper to create a summer-inspired collage.
- Arrange and glue the cut paper onto a larger sheet of thick paper or card stock.
Can you find the layers of colors in your printed papers? Which bubbles created your favorite layer, and why?
Share your finished artwork with us by tagging your photos with #NCMAArtSnacks.