It’s art kit time! Woohoo! My 8-year-old is an especially big fan of art kits, so she was super excited to get this Master Kitz The Starry Night art kit from Kidzaw.com. There are other kits available.
The kit comes in a really nice, good quality box. It’s very giftable and looks great. Once you open the box the papers that you are going to paint on are rolled up. The papers are thick so we were a little worried about them not staying flat while painting, but we ended up just taping them down while painting and that worked fine. I put some butcher paper underneath the painting to protect the table. The paints that come in the kit are waterbased but they have a warning that they may stain clothing(!!!) so I had my kids dress accordingly.
You can see the rolled papers contained inside the really great-looking box. There are some specialty tools in the box that help the child recreate the Starry Night painting. There’s a roller thingy that’s got a green handle and a blue and red roller, a green sponge roller, and stickers to mask off parts of the paper. There are instructions and also a colorful lesson on Van Gogh.
These are pictures of the masterpiece in process.
We had some trouble peeling some of the stickers off. I’m not sure what happened. The final project looks fine, the paint is bumpy anyway so it covered up the problem.
You layer each piece onto the paper and paint over a type of stencil.
My 8-year-old did this with the help of a 16-year-old. I don’t think she could have done it entirely on her own.
She was really pleased with how it turned out and made sure I was going to hang it on the wall and display it for a long time. It’s still up.
The box, the finished project, the tools, the colors. I don’t think I can emphasize enough how really great the box is. It’s just one of those things that’s really appealing.
She wanted to re-do the project over and over but with the way it’s set up, it was really more of a one-time-use thing. At least she enjoyed it enough to want to do it over and over! I wish the stencils were maybe some time of re-usable plastic rather than stickers. Maybe silicone would work? Some of the stencils could be re-used but then they’re really covered with paint afterward and it’s the type of paint that can stain clothing. I think this is just one of those things that we have to accept is a really nice craft that we do one time.
Overall this was a really great treat for a nice homeschool art project. I think it’s a bit pricey for most parents to start buying for all their kids for every day, but it’s a great birthday or Christmas present idea. I think that a child as young as 5 or 6 could use it, with help, and a child as old as maybe 12 might be interested in it. I think that older children would most benefit from the Van Gogh lesson.
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