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Summer Art Activity: Fruit and Vegetable Art for the Kitchen

written by: Nicole Hilsabeck • edited by: Tracy Sabattis • updated: 6/21/2014

Create bright works of art to hang in the kitchen at home.

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    Students will make fruit and vegetable-themed mixed media paintings with an emphasis on pattern and color.

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    • Thick paper or cardstock
    • Acrylic or tempera paint
    • Brushes
    • Textured paper towels with a visible pattern
    • Thick paper
    • Oil or chalk pastel
    • Fruits and vegetables to use as reference if needed
    • Paint boards and tape
    • Glue or matte medium
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    Lesson Procedure

    Lesson Procedure 

    Step One: Students will collect fruits and vegetables and arrange them into a still life composition or  select a piece or two as inspiration for a graphic design. Students will decide on a basic color scheme for their paintings, focusing on bright, contrasting colors (if needed, students can use a color wheel to choose complementary colors).

    Step Two: Students will choose a background color for their paintings and apply a thick, even coat of paint to their papers. Immediately after applying paint, students will lay the textured paper towels flat onto the painted surface, evenly smoothing them out with a gentle touch. Students will then carefully lift the paper towels from the paint, which will leave a textured pattern behind on the paper. Paintings need to be set aside and allowed to dry completely.

    Step Three: While the background paint is drying, students can paint and cut out their fruits and vegetables. For added visual interest, students can use a paper towel with different texture and repeat the paper towel and paint process on a separate piece of thick paper for the fruit and vegetable cutouts.

    Step Four: Students will arrange and glue their fruits and vegetables onto the patterned backgrounds, allowing them to dry before adding any desired highlights or details to the paintings.

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    None needed.

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    Frame and hang the painting in the kitchen!