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 we focus on the large-scale torn-paper constructions of artist Kay Hassan. Keep reading to discover more!
Kay Hassan, Untitled, 2013, paper construction, 129 × 85 in., Purchased with funds from Mr. and Mrs. N. Richard Miller in memory of Martin B. Rosenthal, by exchange
Kay Hassan creates art from materials you probably have around your home: paper! He makes large works like Untitled from sheets of paper used to create billboards. In producing paper constructions in large sizes and striking colors, he wants his art to have the same impact billboards do. Learn more about Hassan and his artwork by watching this video.
What more do you want to know about the person in Untitled?
Follow along to make a torn recycled-paper self-portrait! Gather art supplies you’ll need:
• Piece of cardstock or heavy-duty paper
• Recycled paper or magazines
• Glue stick
• Liquid glue
• Small cup
Watch this video for step-by-step instructions and ideas on how to create your work of art! Detailed instructions are also below.
Step 1: Draw a quick self-portrait.
• Observe yourself in the mirror. Where do you see straight lines or curved lines? What colors do you see on your body or in your clothing?
• Practice expressing different emotions. How do your eyebrows move when you’re smiling or when you’re frowning? How do your lips change shape?
• Think about what expression you want to share in your art.
• Draw a quick picture of yourself on your paper. Draw it large to fill the page and include all of your features: eyes, nose, lips, hair, ears!
Step 2: Look for colors.
• Explore your recycled paper and look for the colors you observed in the mirror.
• Tear pieces from your recycled papers. You can sort your pieces by color into different piles and begin experimenting with placing them on top of your self-portrait.
Step 3: Glue paper in place.
• With your glue stick, begin to glue your torn paper onto your portrait.
• Keep tearing and adding colors as you go!
Step 4: Add a background color.
• Pick a color (or two!) for your background. Search for that color in your recycled papers.
• Glue pieces in your background color around your self-portrait.
Step 5: Add a glue wash.
• Squirt liquid glue into a small cup, add a little water, and mix it with your paintbrush.
• Paint your entire portrait with the glue wash.
• Let your portrait dry!
Step 6: Tear around your background.
• Like Kay Hassan does, tear around your background to give your portrait a jagged edge.
• Celebrate yourself and hang up your masterpiece!
Take a look at your artwork and think about how you transformed one material into something else. Do you have a favorite part of your picture? What is it, and why?
Share your finished artwork with us by tagging your photos with #NCMAArtSnacks.