Part 2 of our series of 10 Father’s Day art gifts for elementary students. Each of these gifts are simple, inexpensive and can be adapted for younger children. Here are crafts 5 through 10.
5. Father’s Day Creature Face Painting
Acrylic paint (white, red, yellow and brown or black), manila tag paper, small stiff paintbrush
Fold a piece of 9 x 12 manila tag or thick paper in half lengthwise and open it again.
Mix a skin colored acrylic paint (white with red, yellow, brown added).
Place paint in center fold of paper, then fold paper in half and press together to squish paint out from the center fold.
Open paper to dry.
When paint is dry add details to create a face such as a darker skin color for cheeks and nose, and a hair color for eyebrows, eyelashes, mustaches and hair.
Hints and Tips:
Try to make the face color realistic.
The face shape will be equal on both sides. Try to add realistic brush strokes for eyebrows and eyelashes by painting the eyes closed and using brush strokes in the direction in which eyebrows and lashes grow.
If painting shape is more odd looking, then create a creature from the paint. This gift of colorful art is described further in Colorful Art Using Symmetry. Use the lesson to teach or to show an example of a Picasso painting which purposely creates a unique face.
Add a statement to the art such as “Dad, you are one in a million.”
6. Father’s Day Acrylic Painting
Acrylic paint (silver), poster or photo of a car or bright object, paintbrush, paper.
Using a large 12 x 18 paper, paint a copy of car or object their father likes, paying attention to the bright silver areas or areas where light creates white spots. Paint the color as close to the original photo as possible.
Hints and Tips:
Use a photo or poster of an animal so brush strokes can resemble hairs.
Use a large poster rather than an enhanced photo from a magazine as the silver and light colors are hard to reproduce.
You can cut the poster in half and have the student paint the other half as close to the original as possible. You can teach the concept of symmetry in art for this project.
Use a picture of a bright tattoo for a challenging project.
Use a poster of Ironman or a current superhero that dresses in bright colors for the painting, such as Superman, Mr. Incredible or Spiderman.
7. Larger Than Life Drawing
Materials: Life Magazine, 12 x 18 cartridge drawing paper, 4B pencil, gel pens or fine markers.
Using a large paper, draw the word LIFE in block letters near the bottom edge of the paper. Outline these neatly in gel pens or markers. If you have a LIFE magazine, cut out the cover and paste it on the paper.
Then draw a large figure at least 4 times the size of the letters or magazine cover.
On the bottom of the paper, write the comment, “Dad, You are Larger than Life”.
You can also create an extended collage to make a picture of a father appear larger. For instructions on how to make an extended collage from magazine articles use Ideas For Short Art Lessons on Collages for method and materials.
Hints and Tips:
Use a muscled man as a body for the drawing of the father.
Cut out the face on the Life Magazine and replace it with the father’s face.
Draw the father standing on top of the block letters with arms outstretched, to look very large compared to the word.
8. Close-up Perspective Drawing
12 x 18 cartridge drawing paper, small object such as a cell phone, ipod, stapler, wallet, etc., 4B drawing pencil, gel pens or fine markers.
On the drawing paper, draw in pencil the object representing their father in a very large size. Try to make it look 3 dimensional. Use 1 point perspective in this drawing.
Then draw tiny people crawling all over the object. There should be at least 15 people.
The people can be of the same theme. For example, all the little people could be carpenters in overalls and yellow hard hats, working on a large camera. Some can be on a scaffold cleaning the lens, some walking on top of it and some on a scaffold built beside it.
Outline the people, but not the object, in fine markers or gel pens so that they stand out.
Hints and Tips:
The people should be in enough detail so that you can tell if they are a boy or girl, with a hair color and face details. They should not be stick people. They should be wearing clothes and using simple objects such as a skateboard, skis, climbing ropes if climbing all over a hiking boot.
The object should be drawn with enough detail so that it is obvious what it is. For example, if drawing a watch, the numbers should be visible.
The object should be something the father uses such as a golf club, cell phone or running shoe. Have the students draw the object in the room rather than from memory.
Draw the object realistically. Do not put doors and windows in a drawing of a shoe. The little people should be crawling under and over it so that you can see the parts of the shoe. They can be wrapped around the shoe lace, for example.
9. Travel Brochure and Ticket Collage
Materials: Travel Magazine, picture of or actual Cruise or Airline Ticket, large 12 x 18 drawing paper, manila tag paper, 4B pencil, fine markers, scissors, glue.
Cut out pictures of a destination, beach, ski mountain, cruise ship or foreign monument from a travel magazine. Glue onto large paper.
Find picture of a cruise line ticket, ski tag, or airline ticket and print out a copy. Draw the ticket details on thicker manila tag paper. Include a date, time and father’s name on the ticket. Use fine markers or gel pens to color in the details.
Cut out pictures of airplanes, boats, trains or other transportation and travel vehicles. Glue onto the large paper.
Add a baggage claim tag, identification tag, postcard, passport or visa stamp to the collage.
Hints and Tips:
Try to use real items where possible such as a postcard or id tag. Use the real information for father’s name, address, etc. on any tags or tickets.
Try to choose a type of vacation or place that the father has never been to but would like to go.
Create a father’s day card out of a hand which folds down in a waving motion.
Add a list to the collage of the top 10 places the father would like to or has traveled to.
Use old world maps from National Geographic magazines to add to collage.
10. Adventure Poster Theme
Materials: Indiana Jones Movie Poster, Scissors, 4B pencil, paper, tape, tin foil, or mirror.
Using a movie poster of Indiana Jones or another adventure hero such as James Bond, 007, cut out the face of the actor and replace with a drawing of the father’s face done on a separate paper and cut to fit the hole.
Using the movie poster, cut out the face of the adventure hero and replace with tin foil or a mirror. When the father looks at it he will see his own reflection.
Hints and Tips:
Posters can be found at a movie rental stores by asking for old posters from older movies.
Use movie posters from movies the father likes such as old westerns or posters from actors that the father likes.
Think of famous western movies, pirate movies, “Terminator” movies, “Die Hard” movies, “Star Wars” or “Star Trek” Movies, “Rocky” movies, science fiction movies or even classic movies with famous stars. Discuss with the students, why the actor is a hero in the movie.
Father’s Day Gifts of Art – Final Touches
Students should use their best art skills for their grade level when using these Father’s Day gift ideas. Sometimes it is appropriate to give them the choice of doing any one of the 10 projects when in older grades. Have them come up with their own ideas too.
Paintings, sketches and collages should be mounted on thicker, colorful bristle board paper. Their art can be given a title, should be signed with their signature, date and age. Extra verses, poems or titles should be up to each student.
Try to do Father’s Day Cards as a separate art project so that their art will be showcased. Their gift is their art. Most of these Father’s Day gift ideas are inexpensive, simple and easy to create. Father’s Day gifts of art are unique and students should be reminded that a gift does not always have to be practical or purchased to be beautiful.