Earlier in the year Galt Toys invited Ed Chapman, a contemporary artist, to use some of their art and craft products to recreate Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe portrait. Wanting to inspire the next generation of artists Galt has put together their ‘Mini Masterpieces’ series. They have six masterpieces by famous artists that will be available to download from their site. Last month Claude Monet’s ‘The Water Lily Pond’ got the star treatment. This month it’s Van Gogh’s turn with his painting ‘Starry Night’.
I love anything arty so when I was asked to help Galt out, I have to admit I was probably more excited than the two L’s put together, and they were over the moon to give it a go themselves!
We were sent this wonderful Art Jar to help us create our mini masterpieces:
There is so much stuff in there it will keep us well stocked in bit and bobs for ages! It’s also very sturdy, apart from the label. O managed to shred this while ‘helping’ me unpack! The Jar itself has held up to being rolled around and climbed over by a boisterous 10 month and I can guarantee it wont be breaking anytime soon leaving me with a trail of pom poms!
So before we started I printed out the outline drawing that Galt has available on their site.
You can also see Galt’s own step by step guide here.
The two L’s got to painting straight away.
LV starting his sky
After painting the moon, LM decided to start with the fire
I did have loads of photos but my camera was very naughty and deleted most of them, along with about 100 others so I don’t have more step by step photos.
While they were waiting for their paints to dry they went through the Art Jar and dug out what they wanted to use to add to their pictures.
Here is what they each picked out:
LM opted for pompoms, glitter glue and thin paper strips
LV got more ambitious with pipe cleaners, a sticky foam ghost, glitter glue,
white fabric trim. He also chose some sparkly ‘angel hair’ from our own stock
Here they are with their finished creations. Don’t they look pleased with themselves? And so they should be, they worked really hard!
and these are the close ups:
LM, the true artist of the family, opted for a more realistic style. The red pompoms really set off the starry night sky!
LV is colour blind so his creations always look very, well…creative! I love the ghost floating above the village, I wonder if he’s been running amuck and upsetting any villagers?
Why not give it ago with your youngsters? There is a competition where the best entry can win their artwork printed onto canvas, along with a bundle of other goodies! If you can’t do it this month, there are another four paintings in the series. This really is great way to introduce the kids to some famous pieces of artwork!