Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Christmas Lights Art Project: Short Brush Stroke Painting, Lights and Colors

Christmas Lights Art Appreciation Activity and Playing with Lights

My Firefly loves Christmas lights! For this art project, we tried short brush strokes when painting a Christmas tree, observed and discussed beautiful lights and reflections, and painted our own using the new tempera paint sticks.

Under the Christmas Tree by Franz Skarbina

A girl in a white dress is showing her dolls the nativity scene under the Christmas lights. This beautiful painting, "Under the Christmas Tree" by Franz Skarbina, might get kids interested.

Kids find nativity scenes very special. This one lit by the miracle Christmas lights is fun to observe for this girl and her dollies. Kids can notice the special effects of the lights on the girl's white dress and the table cloth, on the objects and walls. The artist made his painting magical with the play of the lights and colors!

Oil on canvas, Stiftung Stadtmuseum, Berlin
Some questions we discussed:
  • What can we see in this picture?
  • What do you think this girl is doing?
  • How does she feel? What do you think she could say at that moment?
  • What color is the girl's dress? The toys? The walls?
  • I can see a lot of pink and blue! Which is your favorite color here?

Christmas Lights Art Project

Evergreen Trees: Nature Walk Activities for Kids from My Bright Firefly: Before painting our Christmas tree, we went to the nature walk to find and observe the trees in the neighborhood.

We painted the trunk and branches first using brown paint.

I showed how to apply green paint in short strokes. Mastering the short brush stroke painting is a challenge. The tree was a fun opportunity to play with the brush. Covering the branches to make a nice festive tree was so joyful that My Firefly painted three trees before she stopped. Nice!

Pictured above, we used one of her trees to make this year's Advent Calendar found here:
Winter Snowflakes Advent Calendar: Countdown to Christmas Surprises.

Lights and Colors: Kwik Stix

My Firefly had a great time painting Christmas lights, adding moon, stars, snow and snowflakes to her trees using Kwik Stix. Amazon affiliate link: The Pencil Grip Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint, Super Quick Drying, 12 Pack (TPG-602). Product review: Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint. This product was sent to us for free.  All views and opinions with regard to Kwik Stix are my own and were not reviewed by the company prior to publishing.

Painting projects are usually messy. This Christmas Lights art would usually require me to set up for painting twice: painting a tree, waiting for it to dry, then set up for all the fun touches.

Using Kwik Stix made my job so much easier! These tempera paint sticks are truly mess free. Pictured above, My Firefly happily used 2 colors of paint at a time to create her patterns of lights.

My favorite is the white paint stick. It allowed for quick final touches of snow on the tree. The snow has a natural paint-like finish and took a couple of seconds to paint. It is dry to touch in seconds!

The lights on the tree, gifts and snow is painted with our set of 12 colors. The colors are vibrant and My Firefly loved painting using the sticks. The brightly colored boxes under the tree are something to look forward to!

Kwik Stix are easy to use and completely dry in 90 seconds. They are not to replace the regular paint and brushes, but a fun alternative to the usual art supplies - in an engaging playful way that encourages creativity.

More Art Appreciation Activity Ideas from My Bright Firefly

Kiss under the Mistletoe
Swan Lake Painting and Hand Print Art
Bubbles Art Project Using Oil Pastels and Paint

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