Artist birthday party: stuff to do

Artist Party Activities and Games - The sky is the limit. Think color, creativity and imagination when planning activiites for an artist birthday party. Here are some of my favorite art party activities.

Birthday Art Mural

Sculpture Game

Beaded Jewelry

Paint a Masterpiece

Tissue Paper Flowers

Glue-It

Birthday Art Show

BIRTHDAY ART MURAL

This is a great start to your artist party activities. Use an old sheet, large piece of canvas or butcher block paper. Write the following in bubble letters:
artist birthday party - art suppliesKATIE's 8th Birthday ART SHOW
Then let the kids paint the letters in and anything else they feel like during the party.

A particular favorite among artist party activities is to let kids splatter paint on it. I can't really explain the draw but having the freedom to just flick a paint brush and see what happens is truly an amazing experience. A simple joy in life but one not granted very often. To splatter paint on the mural. Have it hanging between two trees. Get it we are "outside". I said it was fun not neat. Have several colors of paint available with paint brushes assigned to each color. Step back and let the paint fly. Have the kids flick the paint brushes toward the mural.
Note: When paint is being flicked it usually gets flicked backwards also. So have a large area available for this activity. That way everything that shouldn't have paint on it is out of paint's way.


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SCULPTURE GAME

Next up in your artist party activities is a game where imagination and creativity win the day. Can be played as teams or is just as much fun as a group.

One person is the Sculptor. To start they get one piece of clay (a person). Sculptor has 30 seconds to pose his clay (other party guest) any way they see fit. Sculptor may either move the person or ask them to move themselves.

Example: one hand on hip, one hand curved overhead and standing on tip toe. The rest of the group then guesses what he has created. In the example it is a ballerina. The person who guesses correctly is the next Sculptor.

Mix it up by adding more pieces of clay or even everyone. This game makes for some really fun photos.

Alternative way to play: Sculptor pulls a card with a word on it and has to sculpt that word. He gets a point if the others on his team guess correctly. If not the other team can take a guess and steal the point if correct.

This is a kid favorite among artist party activities and tons of fun. Sculptures can get quite silly.

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BEADED JEWELRY

Beading is always a favorite of artist party activities. plus it can easily be altered to fit any age group.

artist birthday party - artist cartoon Pre-school - large beads or even various shapes of pasta and cereal onto colorful yarn.
Young Elementary - Use various beads of different shapes and colors strung onto floral wire or other stiff wire. I like stiff wire because you can crimp the end end to hold on the beads. Plus it is easy for kids of various fine motor skill levels to handle.

artist birthday party - artist cartoonPre-teen & Teen - Use semi-precious stones and silver wire to create a special project. Say a pair of earrings or a bracelet that they can take home to wear. You can find great directions for making jewelry at www.beadage.net.


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PAINT A MASTERPIECE

You can buy unpainted wood pieces at art supply stores - treasure chests, jewelry boxes, bird houses, doorknob signs, tool boxes, etc. The list is endless. Buy whatever you like and some paints and brushes. Set up a painting station. Let kids paint a piece and take it home as a gift. Include various utensils for painting besides brushes lime string and sponges. The kids will get a kick out of experimenting. Also give the kids a piece of cardboard to act as their pallette. Here they can mix custom colors for their pieces.
Another similar idea is to buy wooden or canvas picture frames for the kids to paint. In your artist birthday party thank-you card you can include a copy of the picture of the group sculpture from the Sculpture Game.


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TISSUE PAPER FLOWERS

Next up on your list of artist party activities is to make a beautiful bouquet of flowers displayed in a cool vase.

Materials Needed:
  • Tissue paper in various colors.

  • Pipe cleaners.

  • Empty clean jars and bottles to use as vases.

  • Masking Tape.

  • Shoe Polish in fun colors.

  • Paper towel or sponge to apply shoe polish.
Directions:
  1. Cut five sheets of tissue paper in any colors you choose to the same size rectangle or square. The larger the size the larger your flower.

  2. Lay all five sheets directly on top of each other.

  3. Cut edges along the two longer sides (or two opposite each other if using a square) into a scalloped or pointed edge. This will add dimension to your flowers.

  4. Holding all sheets of tissue together fold the straight edge an inch or so over. Then flip over and fold back. You are folding the tissue accordion style. Make sure to make each fold the same size as the previous ones.

  5. Now twist a pipe cleaner around the middle. This is your stem.

  6. Gently pull apart layers of tissue from edge toward pipe cleaner center until you have formed your flower.

  7. Now for the vase:
  8. Cover the jar or bottle in small torn, overlapping pieces of masking tape. Until the entire jar or bottle is covered.

  9. Using a paper towel or sponge rub shoe polish over the surface. The edges of the tape will be darker than the middle of the tape.

  10. Let dry. Your vase is now ready for your flowers.

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GLUE IT

Here is an artist birthday party fact - glue is mesmerizing. No matter the age - toddler to adult - there is just something about glue that is fun!

In this activity have pieces of card stock and things to glue. Feathers, felt cut outs, spangles, glitter, glitter glue, torn tissue paper, plastic gems and beads, pieces of ribbon and string, pasta. Basically whatever. Place glue in containers and let kids use paint brushes to apply.

Kids love to glue. Try it yourself, it is addicting.

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BIRTHDAY ART SHOW

To cap off your amazing artist birthday party and its fun filled artist party activities you will host an Art Show. Take all the art creations and display in museum fashion. Drape tables or the ground in white sheets. Lay artwork on top. Place an index card next to each piece that the artist filled in with their name and the name of the piece. Build it as the party progresses and have a guest viewing just before pick-up time.

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