Crêpes by Suzette
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Hugo and Miles in I've Painted Everything

by Scott Magoon

What's an artist to do when he's painted everything? That's just the question Hugo the elephant artist asks himself when he discovers that he has run out of ideas. A suggestion from his friend Miles sends the pair on a trip to Paris, where Hugo will discover more than just the sights of the city but also a whole new way of looking at the world around him.  

Even the youngest artists can find themselves in a rut, and not just in their creativity. Hugo and Miles In I've Painted Everything shows young readers that, sometimes, one small change can spark a new burst of imagination and creativity. So, this week we are exploring how to look at the same old things in a whole new way!  

In addition to the inspiring story, Scott Magoon's cleverly detailed illustrations give readers lots to look at. This is one of those books where you will want to pull it off the shelf time and time again, just so you can find all the funny details (can you find the bird listening to audio guide in a museum?). 

We hope you enjoy traveling to Paris once again this week. How many sights does your young reader recognize in Hugo and Miles that they visited last week in Crêpes by Suzette?

 

This week's activities are a part of the 2015 Paint-a-thon. Check out EmmaOwl.com for 101+ painting ideas for kids during the month of August!

 

In this Issue

 

Exploration Painting

Take your cue from Hugo and help your young reader explore painting in a whole new way. By changing where you place the canvas, the size of the canvas, or the shape of the canvas (or in the case, paper), painting becomes a brand new adventure and engages young brains and imaginations in a completely different way.  

Once you start exploring painting in different ways, the possibilities will become endless! Try painting on cardboard, foil, rocks, the driveway, the sidewalk, and yes, we have to say it, faces. What ideas can you and your young reader come up with?

Exploration Painting

Supplies

  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Up Above

Tape a piece of paper to the underside of a table and have your young reader lay on their back to paint just like Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Exploration Painting - Hugo and Miles in I've Painted Everything - Scott Magoon - offtheshelfblog.com Exploration Painting - Hugo and Miles in I've Painted Everything - Scott Magoon - offtheshelfblog.com

Down Below

Lay the paper on the floor and ask your young reader to stand and bend over the paper to paint.  Exploration Painting - Hugo and Miles in I've Painted Everything - Scott Magoon - offtheshelfblog.com

Very Big

Roll out a large piece of paper and paint away to fill the length of the "canvas"! For more on this activity, check out Big Squiggle Art.Exploration Painting - Hugo and Miles in I've Painted Everything - Scott Magoon - offtheshelfblog.com
 

Very Small

Cut a small square of paper and paint as desired.Exploration Painting - Hugo and Miles in I've Painted Everything - Scott Magoon - offtheshelfblog.com

In a Circle

Cut a piece of paper into a circle and create a masterpiece.

Exploration Painting - Hugo and Miles in I've Painted Everything - Scott Magoon - offtheshelfblog.com

In a Triangle

Repeat, but this time cut the paper into a triangle. 

Exploration Painting - Hugo and Miles in I've Painted Everything - Scott Magoon - offtheshelfblog.com

Related Posts 

 

Pinterest Board: No Brushes Allowed

There are many ways to gain a new perspective in creating art. One is by thinking beyond using just paintbrushes to apply paint to paper. Our No Brushes Allowed Painting Pinterest Board is full of creative ways to keep the paintbrushes on the shelf. 

Follow Off the Shelf's board No Brushes Allowed Painting on Pinterest.

 

Painting with Food

Now that you've explored new painting methods, try taking the painting exploration into the kitchen. When you use food as your paint and your canvas, your masterpiece doubles as a tasty snack!

Painting with Food - Hugo and Miles in I've Painted Everything - offtheshelfblog.com

Yogurt Bark Canvas with Homemade Chocolate Syrup Paint

Painting with Food - Hugo and Miles in I've Painted Everything - offtheshelfblog.com

Painted Toast Masterpiece

Painting with Food - Hugo and Miles in I've Painted Everything - offtheshelfblog.com-500wi

Homemade Tomato Ketchup and Ketchup Painting

Painting with Food - Hugo and Miles in I've Painted Everything - offtheshelfblog.com

Blueberry Paint (Paint on bread or a tortilla for a snack)

Related Post: A Veggie Painting and Rainbow Slaw

 

How did your young reader explore painting in a new way? Did art make it into snack time? Let us know in the comments or on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram. Tag your Instagram photos with #booksofftheshelf so we can see what you have been up to!

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susen @Dabbling Momma

I really enjoy your posts! My daughter and I love books and activities to follow up -

shelli

Thank you so much! We would love to hear about the fun you have with any of our activities.

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