Tackle a Tinfoil Painting

Second Grade Arts & crafts Activities: Tackle a Tinfoil Painting

What You Need:

  • Tinfoil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Cardboard
  • Black tempera paint
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Large paintbrush
  • Toothpicks, paintbrushes, and craft sticks for making marks
  • Piece of colorful construction paper

What You Do:

  1. Do some quick research to learn more about etching by heading to your local library, or do an Internet search of Albrecht Durer or intaglio printmaking.
  2. Invite your child to cut a 6"x6" piece of tinfoil using a ruler and scissors. He can use some small pieces of rolled tape placed on the back corners to secure the tinfoil to a piece of cardboard.
  3. Have him get out the black tempera paint and a brush. Before he gets painting, squeeze a drop or two of dishwashing detergent on his tinfoil.
  4. Encourage your third-grader to use a big brush to evenly distribute the black paint mixed together with the dishwashing detergent all over the tinfoil.
  5. While he’s waiting for the paint to dry, have him brainstorm ideas for his artwork and create a sketch to use when etching. While he’s drawing out his ideas, discuss how he can use cross-hatching to create shading and depth within his etching! Cross-hatching is using lines drawn closely together in one direction and then layered with another set on top to create changes in tones. Have him practise using a pencil.
  6. It’s etching time! Offer your child several mark-making implementsof various sizes, such as toothpicks, the ends of paintbrushes, or tongue depressors.
  7. Have your child "scratch" his design into the dried paint, using the different-sized implements to create lines in various sizes.

Once your child has finished, he can carefully remove the tinfoil from the cardboard and mount it on a colorful piece of construction paper!

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