102 Summer 2016 • The Artistic Homeschooler www.TheOldSchoolhouse.com
Summer is a great time for dads to connect with their sons and aughters. Warm weather and long days offer many opportunities to be outdoors, enjoying the beauty
of God’s creation. But on some of those
days, it may be raining or simply too hot
to be outside. What do you do then? It
might be the perfect opportunity for
some impromptu art with Dad.
Now, even though I used the word im-
The Dad-Art Kit
promptu, you’ll have a lot better time if
you have prepared a special Dad-Art kit
in advance. What’s different about regu-
lar art supplies and a Dad-Art kit? Most
of us have art supplies; a Dad-Art kit is
a collection of special supplies and art
challenges for dad and the children to
work on together.
First, the emphasis should be on fun.
Let’s face it. On a boring summer day,
Why a Black Light?
the suggestion, “Let’s sit down and draw
something,” isn’t likely to generate much
excitement, except perhaps from the
youngest (or most artistic) children. Any
art kit can contain traditional art sup-
plies; a Dad-Art kit should have “out of
the box” supplies. For example, your kit
needs a generous supply of fluorescent
sidewalk chalk, neon tempera paints, day
glow markers, a paper bag filled with pic-
tures clipped from magazines (for draw-
ing ideas and collages), paper plates, a
collection of dried leaves, sponges, plas-
tic wrap, old toothbrushes, an assort-
ment of paper and canvas panels, and—
most importantly—a black light.
Doing art is fun anytime, but Dad-Art
needs to be a special time—a time when
memories are made. There is something about seeing your work transform
under a black light into spectacularly
bright colors that makes the art fun and
Break Up Summer Boredom
with a Black Light Dad-Art Kit
A Dad-Art kit is a collection of special supplies and art challenges for dad
and the children to work on together.