Kids Art Ideas: Mixed Media and Collage Fun Family Activities | 29 July 2016 Share article facebook twitter google pinterest With summer in full swing there’s no better time than now for kids to get creative. Using old magazines, yarn, old art supplies and anything else you may have lying around challenge your kids to create a collage using mixed media. In 500 Kids Art Ideas we see examples of kids making everything from self portraits to landscapes. Fabric Collage, Susan Schwake’s Art Lab students; Materials: Wooden board, paint markers, fabric scraps and glue When artists combine a range of materials and artistic processes to express themselves in creative form it is typically known as mixed media. When gluing and paper is involved, the resulting art work is often called a collage. A mashup of materials and techniques can lead to truly individual creations and it’s exhilarating to observe how kids invent new ways to express themselves. As young artists become more skilled and adept with all kinds of art materials and approaches to creative expression, their potential for innovation and expressing both abstract and literal ideas multiplies. Don’t miss some of the incredible mixed-media self-portraits in this chapter and the deep and meaningful worlds created in 2d with paper, paint, markers and more. Parrot, Susan Schwake’s Art Lab students; Materials: pencils and watercolors on watercolor paper Cat Collage, Leila Gridley, Age 8; Materials: Fabric, tongue depressor, poker chip, pine tree branch and ribbons arranged on a piece of a cardboard Larger than Life, Susan Schwake’s Art Lab students; Materials: Magazines, glue on poster paper Tissue Paper Garden, Artists in PEM Pals, Ages 5 and under, at the Peabody Essex Museum; Materials: tissue paper, construction paper, crayon, and glue. Paper and Yarn Weaving, Amy Aker’s 1st grade art class, Chelmsford Public Schools, MA; Materials: paper, crayon and watercolor, acrylic yarn I Love Bugs! Lana, Age 5; Materials: cardboard, paper, polymer clay, rope, fabric Self Portrait Collage, Sarah, Age 11; Materials: paper, fabric, foam sheets and yarn Self Portrait Collage, Sherry X., Age 11; Materials: paper, fabric, buttons, found materials Owl Postage Stamp Collage, Leila Gridley, Age 8; Materials: Postage stamp, oil pastels, watercolor and felt-tip markers Map Collage, Susan Schwake’s Art Lab students; Materials: Old maps, various papers, markers and glue Buy from an Online Retailer US: Keeping a child engaged and happy can be a tall order, but with 500 Kids Art Ideas, you’ll never run out of inspiration! This fun, visual reference features a thousand arts and crafts projects for adults and children to do together. With an emphasis on recycled materials and nature, a wide range of art is covered. From making dolls and edible treats to sculpting and printmaking, everything is simple enough to recreate, but also up to interpretation. Add your own creative twist to make them your own and ask your child to do the same! Not only will you be engaging your children and activating their imagination, but also teaching them critical skills. 500 Kids Art Ideas also features purposely open-ended art meant to bring families closer together. You’ll be able to connect with your child on a deeper level in no time, letting them know that you can be fun, too! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.