4 Easy Steps To Teach Children Oil Painting

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You have a passion for oil painting and you want your little one to like arts such as painting. Which you really preferred to be that medium will be oil paints, cross finger and you are thinking of how will your kids love oil painting and get more curious with paints, brushes, and colors. Good news as we have compiled 4 easy steps to teach children oil painting, plus a great bonding for you and the whole family too.

We have the answers to this dilemma and you will have a fun time bonding with your kids while learning to paint, and painting with them means getting a little dirtier, however, we will assure you that your kids will definitely love oil paintings real soon. Read along to get started with oil painting.

4 Easy Steps To Teach Children Oil Painting

Oil Painting For Little Hands

4 Easy Steps To Teach Children Oil Painting
Activities for kids – 4 Easy Steps To Teach Children Oil Painting

Surely we don’t want to jump straight away to buying all those artist grade paints to start with oil painting with kids. They might get overwhelmed and suddenly how will you even ignite the creativity that is sleeping inside them and so with the process given,so let’s relax and make oil painting session a fun activity and bonding too, who knows at the end of this session, your little kid will look forward to more and finally will unleash the Da Vinci mode in them. While looking for recommendations, with these 4 easy steps to teach children oil painting, you will have a guide to make kids love paintings as their new hobby.

Here’s what you will be needing for the very first art session with your kid. These materials are safe as you might find them around the kitchen too.

Caution, for the activity, will be quiet messy but it will be really worth it. Oil and water don’t go together, with that factual characteristics, then this is the best way to introduce oil paints to younger kids too.

4 Easy Steps To Teach Children Oil Painting
Play and learn – 4 Easy Steps To Teach Children Oil Painting

You will be needing

  • Food coloring – liquid or gel, however liquid gives good mixing result
  • Cooking oil [any available in the kitchen will do, that vegetable oil is a great pick though, well you can use baby oil if you feel like, aside from the refreshing smell, they works well with this activity too]
  • Cardstocks or watercolor paper that is cut in halves or quarter
  • Paintbrush won’t be needed so any used droppers on the cupboard are fine
  • Flat dishes like baking trays or pans
  • Jars or baby cups, bowls
  • Spoons and forks – can be used for mixing
  • Apron or comfortable old clothes just to be safe from any mess
  • A working area would be anywhere that you feel less hassle to clean after

Though you can use the gel paste food color if you have, it is better to go for the liquid ones as they are good to this activity, however, if you have the gel for the moment, no worries, they work well too. No stressing, just having fun and remember this is for the future, how will you ignite the creativity depends on how will you ignite your kids’ attention and interest to this first session. Something that is not complicated but these 4 easy steps to teach children oil painting is something you have to remember, if it is easy and fun, surely they will love it!

Now that you have all the materials ready, let us start oil painting!

The Art Of Blending Color and Oil

4 Easy Steps To Teach Children Oil Painting
Activities for kids – 4 Easy Steps To Teach Children Oil Painting

Prepare small cups, jars or bowls to mix your vegetable or any preferred oil and slowly add the food coloring. Mix them gently or you can even let your little kid have a go so as they will learn the art of blending colors. Complete stirring and mixing the oil and food color until it is dispersed properly with your fork. You can do this process with all the other colors, even explaining to your little one why you are doing the mixing first and why. A little chit chat is great bonding and you can ask them what they like about the activity, who knows with just a simple mixing of colors, you are already one step closer to igniting the creativity and unleashing the future artist of this generation The most important thing is they will feel the love and love for what they are doing and make sure you are doing the 4 easy steps to teach children oil painting, make it look easier and they surely will remember the process.

Combine And Start Painting

Start combining the color mixture and oil to the water that is in your baking pan, the water should be just enough to cover the surface. On this part, you can use the old dropper or even a spoon to spread some color mixture and oil to the water surface. The choice for color would be how you wanted it, free to spread and use as many colors as you can. Let the curious mind of your little one ignite the creativity with color harmony and spreading colors, remember that kids imagination is vast and unpredictable!

4 Easy Steps To Teach Children Oil Painting
Mix oil paints with dropper – 4 Easy Steps To Teach Children Oil Painting

Additional note, there are 4 easy steps to teach children oil painting and the next one to that is mixing all your food coloring and oil, try adding more food colors to the mixture and vigorously mix them until they blend properly. Try doing a couple to four kinds of the color mixture first to try if the mixture will work and be absorbed by the paper, use cardstocks or watercolor paper and avoid using glossy surface paper as the oil mixture won’t be dispersed and settle in glossy paper.

Oil Paint Application

Now, this is the fun part of introducing oil painting with kids, as you have spread the color mixture with oil in the surface of baking pan or tray, you can start laying down the paper that you have into the top of the colors. By then you will see that the paper is absorbing the oil together with their color mixture, gently lift your paper off the oil and color mixture and see your little kids’ very first oil paintings creation and compliment them, besides the best way to ignite the creativity is by putting great words of encouragement to someone, these words will be a stepping stone to further like the idea and embrace it anytime soon.

You can start experimenting with different blending and mixture of combinations and create more oil paintings now. Once the water becomes saturated from all the oil and mixture, you can make a new one by repeating the process.

Give your paper a little tap or press into the mixture and wait till the color is absorbed by the paper. Repeat the process with different sets of the mixture or as you preferred, allowing your little one to do most of the mixing and pressing.

Oil Painting Drying Time

Since oil paints are known to dry slowly, get all your finished oil paintings and lay them flat to dry. If you do not see any more water or oil dripping from the paper, you can even hang them up to completely dry. It may take a few hours to a day to let it be cured. They may have this oil texture for the first encounter which is normal, however when they are completely dry, that texture will go away and you can be used do a lot of ideas with your art piece.

You can let your little one do more practice and experiments with oil painting and even start using oil paints the next time you will be having an art session, Share this method to your acquaintances and let them remember these easy steps on how to teach children to paint with oil paints, surely they will like the idea. There are plenty of oil paints that are non-toxic and kid-safe for little painters out there. Support each idea that comes to their mind and let that ignite the creativity of your kids for they can feel how supportive you are, it may not be clear today but just like that painting they have created, once it is cured, it is beyond lovely.

Introduction To Oil Painting

While they are still young, kids get too curious with a lot of stuff especially if you wanted them to be familiarized with arts and oil paints, a quick tip would be to take them to different art exhibitions or galleries and introduced them to this medium. Even letting them pain whenever they want and start introducing them to different materials that are safe for their age. There is no real trick in allowing your little one to truly love oil painting but to give them positive thoughts and inspiration about it. If you are also using the medium when creating art pieces, a little run over to your studio will give them more ideas to how it really looks like later on. Hope these easy steps on how to teach children to paint with oil paints will help you in their artistic journey soon. 

Oil painting is such a versatile medium that is made for everyone, younger age to adults, beginners to professionals. Almost all painters have tried creating an art piece with oil paints due to their unique and exquisite characteristics, slow drying means more time for you to work with your crafts, it is also the same as letting a kid into the world of oil paints. It may seem a small step in letting them create a painting from simple materials but as they progress, it means as their stepping stone to more oil painting encounters.

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Do you have any oil painting sessions or ideas you did with your little one? Why not share them with us too.

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