Family Time Calendar: Get Crafty - iVillage

Celebrate today's birthday of the Renaissance painter Michelangelo; have kids try an unusual painting technique. First, show them a photograph of the famous artist's fresco painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican in Rome. Explain to kids how Michelangelo painted this work of art while lying on his back, then set them up to try it on their own.

What you'll need:
Sturdy art paper to paint on
Smock and bandanna
Tempera or poster paints
Paintbrushes, preferably ones with longer handles
Empty egg cartons or paper plates to use as palettes
Old pillow
Plastic wrap and paper towels

What you'll do:
Tape a piece of art paper underneath a low table (such as a coffee table or kid-sized table). Place newspapers under the table and dress your child in old clothes or a smock; cover hair with an old bandanna.

If you like, place a pillow under the table so your child can rest his head on it (use an old one, or cover it in plastic wrap). Place paint colors individually in an egg carton or on a sturdy paper plate, then hand a paintbrush to your child and let him carefully paint on the paper taped under the table.

Keep damp paper towels nearby for quick cleanups. Let the painting dry before removing the tape, then display it -- on a ceiling if you like.

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