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Art in the Summer

May 1st, 2016

Submitted by Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery

With all of the great weather that is now upon us, it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy it while you can!  Did you know that summer is a great time to carry on with all things art?  Mother Nature is the most beautiful artist there is and will serve as a great inspiration for your child’s creative side.  There are so many fun things to see and create that we’re sure that your little Van Gogh will be very busy.  

Here are a few suggestions for your summer art projects:

  1.    Land Art

This is a great project when you are heading out for a walk in any of our great parks and trails.  As you are walking look for different objects on the ground – leaves, flower petals, grasses, rocks, twigs, pine cones, etc.  Gather all of these things up and find a spot to create a piece of art.  The best part is that all the materials can stay right on the ground in nature where they are found.  Leave your artwork in a public spot and then everyone else can enjoy it too.

  1.    Bird Houses

Bird Houses are a great way to bring nature right to your yard.  Not handy with a hammer?  No problem!  You can create bird houses out of oranges, lemons, or grapefruit.  Follow these simple instructions to create your very own citrus bird feeder.

Materials:  citrus fruit, peanut butter, oats, raisins, sunflower seeds, knife, skewer, twine, spoon

-          Cut the fruit in half and scoop it out.  It doesn’t have to be perfectly clean – and bonus now you have a tasty snack.

-          Use skewer to poke 2 or 3 holes in the rind.  This is where your twine will go so that you can hang your bird feeder in a nearby tree.

-          In a bowl, mix together peanut butter, oats, raisins and sunflower seeds.  No exact measurements needed.

-          Fill the fruit with the peanut butter mixture.

-          Hang from a tree and keep an eye out for the birds.

This is a great way for even the youngest artists to help out and create their very own bird feeder.  The birds will thank you!

  1.    Bubbles! Bubbles! Bubbles!

There are so many great recipes to make your own bubble solutions – from basic dish soap to bubbles that won’t break.  Once you find one that you like have you ever tried making your own bubble wand?  You can create bubble wands from pipe cleaners, twigs and twine, etc.  All you need is a stick to hold on to and something that makes a loop.  Use lots of twine tied to a large stick to make your very own giant bubble wand.

Here’s a great bouncing bubble solution recipe:

Bouncing Bubbles

  • 1 C distilled drinking water
  • 1 Tablespoon dish soap
  • 1 Teaspoon of glycerin
  • bubble wand
  • 1 clean glove (or sock) – this is to keep the bubble from popping

Mix all ingredients together and let sit for 24 hrs before blowing bubbles.

These are just a few of the many things that you can do this summer.  Looking for more activities this summer?  Check out the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery!  We have week long summer camps, drop in art programs and great exhibits with tons of stuff to do every day.  Check out our website for a list of all the great activities for the whole family!


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