Summer Activities for Teenagers Series: The Artist

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Our Summer Activities for Teenagers Series is the perfect place to find things to do in the summer! In this installment, we have lots of ideas for ‘The Artist’ in your family!

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The Artist

For the one who is constantly doodling, wants to paint murals on their bedroom walls, and always has an endless supply of paintbrushes that haven’t been washed out…

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Paint a masterpiece…

  • Explore different mediums (watercolors, oils, acrylics)
  • Explore different painting surfaces (cavas, wood, cloth, paper)
  • Make a diptych or triptych (one art piece covering two or three panels)
  • Try your hand at painting in the style of various famous artists
  • Do a Bob Ross painting challenge with family members or friends (online or in person)
  • Experiment with monochrome paintings
  • Paint a wall mural 
  • Do a chalk mural on a fence or outside wall
  • Paint a mural on the inside of a window with washable paint
  • Paint a panorama from a panoramic photo you love
  • Paint a self-portrait
  • Try Pointillism: A painting technique developed by French artists Georges-Pierre Seurat and Paul Signac in which small, distinct points of unmixed color are applied in patterns to form an image.
  • Do a paint pouring

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Sketch something spectacular…

  • Try Exquisite Corpse-Draw on part of a piece of paper, fold to conceal, then pass to next person to continue drawing.
  • Draw a self-portrait
  • Have a family member sit still while you draw their portrait
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  • Take your sketchbook on a nature walk and sketch what you see
  • Draw sketches of things you can see from different windows in your house to create a 360-degree drawing
  • Create an art piece that includes the profiles (side view) of each member of your family from oldest to youngest (include pets)

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Personalize your artwork…

  • Create your own bookmarks
  • Create gift tags to use at Christmas
  • Create your own font, convert to digital, and sell online
  • Make personalized cards to send to family and friends or sell online
  • Use your favorite quotes to create wall art for framing
  • Create your own stationery
  • Create your own journal

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Explore 3-D art…

  • Make a sculpture from found objects
  • Re-create a famous landmark using Papier-mâché
  • Make your own tea set (and, yes, have the tea party!)
  • Paint ceramics and have them fired at a ceramics shop
  • Try your hand at a pottery wheel
  • Carve an animal from a piece of wood
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Disclaimer: All activities in this series may not be suitable for every teenager. It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to determine whether their teens are of appropriate age, maturity, and ability to participate in any given activity. It’s a Joyous Journey LLC takes no responsibility for any accident, injury, behavior, damage, etc. resulting from any person’s involvement in any activity listed in this series. Please note that many activities involve the internet/social media. We take no responsibility for any content on any website other than our own. Please monitor your teen according to your own family’s internet/social media guidelines.

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