Friday, December 9, 2011

The Children's Art Group: Melted Crayon Art

The Children's Art Group
Melted Crayon Art
After constantly wishing there was an alternative to the expensive art classes and camps, I decided to start a local Children's Art Group, now with 30 members! We have some awesome little artists, enthusiastic parents, and we are having a BLAST focusing on process art and projects.

For this meetup I warned group members that we would be using hair dryers which would of course be loud. This was necessary of  because some kids are scared of hair dryers! I had members bring crayons, thick paper or canvas, and a hair dryer. We layed wax paper under the canvas to catch splatters. I already had 2 glue guns for everyone to use. We hot glued unpeeled crayons to the canvas and let the kids hold the dryer (high heat, low speed setting) and melt the crayons. L actually did the hot glue gun part himself and also loved holding the hair dryer while melting! Even younger kids with parental help can do this project though!

this parent was helping her son with the melting part.
 He was watching it melt and thought it was pretty cool!

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  1. Good idea!
    We used electric skillets-- like pancake makers -- when I taught preschool and lined the edges with towels so little arms would not get burned.

    Then laid the paper on the skillet and let the students draw -- and as they drew -- the crayon would melt.

    Adult supervision was always nearby at and at NO TIME did anyone ever get burnt.

    We often cut the paper into shapes as well -- butterflies, Christmas trees, etc.

    Sometimes I really do miss being in the classroom.



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