The weather is warming up, and some beach days will be on the agenda for most families this Summer. Choosing art projects based on relatable and relevant subjects/experience is a meaningful motivator for children to get creative. That’s why this little Under the Sea Art booklet is a perfect arty-noon session to do at this time of year after a day at the beach.
Folded art booklets are a gorgeous format to showcase your child’s drawing, painting and collage skills, while also resulting in a beautiful masterpiece that can take centre stage on your mantle piece, dinning room table or as a gift. This project also works well for any theme; flower gardens, woodland or winter wonderland with a Santa’s sleigh. Set your little artist up with these supplies and get started!
- Thick A3 Art Paper, watercolour paper or cardstock
- Watercolour Paints
- Medium Round Brush
- Oil Pastels
- Crayons and Markers
- Glue Stick
How to do it:
- For the background fold then cut your A3 paper in half vertically. On one piece of paper draw coral, seaweed, rocks with oil pastels. Also add blue and yellow wiggly lines to indicate the ocean and sand.
- Painting: Use watercolour paints to add colour to the underwater scene. Leave to dry.
- Drawing & Colouring: Now it’s time to have some fun drawing sea creatures and beachy objects. Use your remaining art paper and a black marker to fill the page with simple outlines of fish, star fish, beach box, beach umbrella, maybe a rowboat? Once your page is full add colour and patterns with markers and crayons, then cut out.
- Fold: For this art booklet to stand upright fold the background paper into four equal sections. Stand it on your table to test it!
- Arrange: You’re now ready to arrange your beachy drawings onto your background. Place each drawing and then glue each drawing in place to complete your artwork. Make sure you don’t glue your drawings over a fold.