As promised, here is the second part to Michelangelo’s birthday celebration. How could we here at ArtyPants not do a fresco painting?!? Remember that Michelangelo painted the The Creation of Adam and scenes from Genesis on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. This means he painted in small areas on damp plaster at a time, which is why it took him four years to complete!
- Plaster of Paris
- Recyclable cup
- A stick or stir stick from the paint department at the hardware store
- A meat tray or yogurt container
- Palette – I reuse a plastic plate that I use regularly
Mix the plaster of Paris according to the instructions on the package. I used the cup to mix the plaster and made it not so watery just so it could dry faster. The plaster was then poured into the tray and piece of cardboard was used to smooth out the surface.
**Do not pour any extra mixture down the sink!!!
It took about ten minutes to dry, it should be a little damp and not bone dry. Other variations instead of using a tray could be a paper plate or on burlap so not to use too much plaster.
My preschooler couldn’t wait and kept touching the plaster and found it cool to the touch which is great. We used Crayola washable and finger paint, but chalk, powder tempura or chalk pastels would be quite fun and more traditional and the plaster should be drier.
It’s a little too soon when the plaster is coming off on the brush, however, it added to the fun as my preschooler was interested in applying pressure on the brush. I didn’t stop her as this is a great exploration and helping her with her spatial awareness and fine motor skills.
Of course we got more experimental and added sprinkles and even google eyes. And then the whole hand went in and by this point the plaster was solid.
White glue can be used to seal the painting.
Have fun, experiment like these girls here. The great point with art is that there is no one way to do things. Remember that ArtyPants could do this as an art project for your next birthday party. Book now.