Art Activities: Ice Painting

For this piece of art, you will need to start organising the day before.

You will need:

  • Blue, black and white paint or food colouring. If you are using food colouring you could mix up a little cornflour to make lighter tints, gravy browning or marmite to make darker shades. Be creative as you like!
  • Brush,
  • Ice cube tray
  • White paper

Mix up shades tones and tints of blue and freeze these in an ice cube tray.

This is a chilly piece of work inspired by stormy seas and icebergs so you will be glad you warmed up before you start!

Remember to warm up your hands and eyes before you start. Look up and down, and side to side, watch your fingers as you touch your nose, your fingertips and the top of your head. Waggle your hands and elbows! Someone might be able to help you to warm up.

Then organise your materials. You will need the shades tones and tints of paint you froze yesterday and a sheet of white paper. You may want to use a brush to push the ice cubes around the paper if you don’t like the feeling!

Here are some images of icebergs and stormy seas for inspiration but your work can be as abstract as you wish- it’s more about making a pattern with the different shades, tones and tints of blue. The process of creating an image is more important than the end product!

Remember to notice the cold hard feeling of the ice and to warm your hands up gently when you have finished!

You could try freezing other colours for different pictures you might like to make. I made far too many ice cubes – you only need a little! But as you can see from the pictures I had fun getting cold messy fingers and the effect is nice so I refroze the leftovers to do it again another time!

What have you learned about? Cold, hard, blue, shades, tones, tints.

We would love to see how you got on with your art activities so please feel free to share any photos or videos via your child’s teacher, through Google Classroom, or email Amy Dunnett (Principal Teacher Primary)

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