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!
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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?
Up AboveTape 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.
Down BelowLay the paper on the floor and ask your young reader to stand and bend over the paper to paint.
Very BigRoll 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.
Very SmallCut a small square of paper and paint as desired.
In a Circle
Cut a piece of paper into a circle and create a masterpiece.
In a Triangle
Repeat, but this time cut the paper into a triangle.
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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.
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!
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 Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Tag your Instagram photos with #booksofftheshelf so we can see what you have been up to!
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