Kindergartners and Sticks: A Painting Project

No, this isn’t a story about sword fights (though I have to admit I was nervous about that happening), it’s my story about making Garden Art Sticks with a group of fifteen 5- and 6-year olds. I found this idea on a wonderful blog and thought it would be a great project for our Kindergarten class to make for our school’s bi-annual auction.

My dear adventurous Mother ( affectionately known as Cuckoo Grandma by my children) gathered a bundle of shapely beach sticks already smooth from being tossed in the ocean and sand. Once they were completely dry (let them sit in the dry place a few weeks), I painted them with a couple coats of white acrylic primer. After that, they were ready to cart to the school Art Room and let the kids slather on bright acrylic paints however they desired.

Here is how they looked after the first step (white acrylic painted on each stick):

Garden Art Sticks before painting
Art sticks with white acrylic paint

And here is how they turned out:

Painted Art Sticks class project for school auction
Painted Sticks for school auction
Painted Sticks to be used as garden art
Painted sticks close up

The kids did such a great job. They seemed to take extra care since this was something special to raise money for their school. It was a bit messy but everyone did their best and I love how their Art Sticks turned out. Here are a few shots from my lesson that day:

kindergartners painting sticks for garden art
Kindergartner painting a stick for Art Project

Things were getting more and more messy as they painted but most of the kids wore aprons.

That is, all of the kids except for this dear boy (mine):

William holding his Kindergarten Art Project

I was concerned that parents would be upset if their kids came home with stained clothes (acrylic paint doesn’t wash out). Then as I was looking through photos from the lesson, I realized it was only my sweet kid freely wiping his painted fingers onto shirt and pants… oops

Kindergartners painting sticks
Kindergartners with their sticks
“Look Mom, I put on an apron,” after he was done…

The ladies love my little guy–one particular friend likes him so much she painted a spot of his hair blue that day (and he liked it–I suppose it matched his paint-spotted shirt perfectly by the end of this lesson). Kindergarten rocks.


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