Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Art for Kids: Mixed Media Guitars

Supplies: tag board, glue, tempera paint, black construction paper, string, CDs, paint pens

Before starting this project, I also printed off a sheet with different guitar shapes, and we learned the parts of guitars.
1) Each child chose a guitar shape, and was given a large piece of tag board. We briefly discussed the meaning of symmetrical and asymmetrical, before we began sketching out the shape of the guitar’s body. First, we folded the paper in half, and those who chose an symmetrical design drew just one half of their guitar (from the center fold). Those who chose an asymmetrical design, used the center line as a guide and rulers for the sharp points.

2) I checked each students design, and made corrections before they were allowed to cut them out. Then, I handed out another half sheet of tag board that would later be used to cut the neck of the guitar as well as other parts.

3) We used tempera paint to paint the guitars, and I let them do any design and colors they liked. I asked that they paint both the body and the half sheet, so that both would be dry by our next class.    


4) I gave each student a CD and we used paint markers to draw a patterns on the CD. These CDs represent the sound hole, but any other round object could be used including a circle of black construction paper for a more realistic look.

5) We did this project in two, one hour sessions. So the next time we met for class, the guitars were dry and ready to be pasted together. We folded the painted half sheet in half again, and cut along the middle line to create the neck of the guitar.

6) We glued the neck onto the body, and put the CD (sound hole) in the middle, covering the spot where the neck ended.

7) I handed out black paper, and we cut narrow black rectangles to make the frets.


8) They used their remaining painted paper to cut out a head stock (we looked at several different designs), as well as the tuning machines and the bridge.

9) Once all the parts were glued together, I brought the paints back out (including some glitter glue) and let them add any final designs, details, or patterns.

10) We strung our guitars by sandwiching three strings between two pieces of paper. We kept the guitars as they are, but they would also look great pasted on a background.


Often I wait to share a project until it’s my second or third time through (just to get all the problems out of the way), but the pictures here are from the first go and with my youngest group of kids (1st and 2nd graders). This project turned out even better than I imagined and the 3rd and 4th graders took to a whole new level!