Wild and wacky art projects can really spice up a normal art class by giving students the freedom to be a little crazy with their art. Allowing kids the space to do less conventional art projects can help foster a love for art by letting them take a hand in their own artistic process. You'll see students' personal artistic styles shine through more than even before with these unconventional art ideas.
Wild and wacky art projects for preschoolers can encompass all kinds of fun projects that will spark your child's creativity. Let your preschooler get messy with child-safe finger paint, then give him a large sheet of butchers paper to decorate. Encourage your child to paint himself — or you — with skin-safe paints. Tack up a large sheet of paper on a wall, and let him decorate the walls with markers, stickers and any other art supplies you have on hand.
Kindergarten-age children appreciate the chance to get creative with their art too, particularly as at that age they're still adjusting to a structured classroom environment. Consider art projects that can be done outside, like "painting" with water on concrete on hot days, or using sidewalk chalk to create the biggest drawing they can on the basketball court, sidewalk or parking lot. For an indoor craft, provide students with recyclables, paint and glue, and challenge them to create the craziest made-up animal they can think of.
First and Second Grade
For first and second graders, use wild and wacky art projects to get their creativity flowing. Have students collaborate to make a wacky animal by giving them a large sheet of paper and having each student take a different part of the animal to draw. Painting or drawing blindfolded is another fun art project for first and second graders that will have them thinking about their senses. Another twist on a normal art project would be to provide students with a variety of household objects and tell them to make a painting, but without using paintbrushes.
Wacky art projects for middle schoolers can be a little more complex and sophisticated, but by no means less fun. Teach students about line shapes by having them draw an animal or person with a lot of hair, and use different line shapes to create the hair. Give students a variety of shapes cut out of construction paper, and challenge them to create a picture using them. Trace students' bodies on large sheets of craft paper, and have them fill in their outlines with a collage of things they like.
Marysia Walcerz has been writing since 2008. She has been published in several compilations of artistic and philosophical work, including "Gender: Theory in Practice" and "Retold Comics." Walcerz has a Bachelor of Arts in fine arts and philosophy from The Evergreen State College.