Their unofficial theme of 2018 seems to be rainbows, and since it’s been cold and grey here, I was so excited to fill the walls with a little sunshine and color! Their shapes and colors remind me of a series of paintings by one of my very favorite artists – Frank Stella. The curving arcs and glowing color combinations in Frank’s Protractor Series are stunning to see in person – and a quick google image search will help you understand why rainbows and Stellas go together like peanut butter and jelly.
I often find the best way to get creative is to take something familiar, rip it apart, and start building it back up in a way that’s different. So that’s EXACTLY what we did for our deconstructed rainbow collages. Starting with something fun and familiar (like a rainbow) can introduce kids to abstract art ideas or approaches in a way that’s more appealing. It can also provide an opportunity to experiment with different mediums and learn about color.
Although I used pre-printed rainbows, you can draw, paint or print your own with different art materials. You can also experiment with making cool or warm-hued rainbows. Mixing and matching rainbows was a huge hit here, and if you try this, I’d love to hear how it went for you! Bonus: these collages look AH-MA-ZING when finished – especially if you make a whole group – they also worked perfectly with our magical unicorn scratch art!
Visit our latest variation on this project with our new rainbow road abstract art for kids tutorial!
To make Frank Stella deconstructed rainbow collages you’ll need:
- Markers, Crayons, Paints & Brushes or other drawing supplies
- Our Frank Stella Rainbow Art Printable (if you’d rather not make your own)
Deconstructed Rainbow Collage Instructions:
- Draw a set of rainbows or print our templates
Color or paint your own set of rainbows – or use our rainbow art printable (in classic Frank Stella colors!). I recommend making at least 4-6 different rainbows, with different color combinations – this will give you a great variety of size & color combinations to choose from!
- Cut your rainbows apart
Cut each of your rainbows apart by color so they create a series of different-colored arcs in all sizes.
- Experiment with creating compositions from the rainbow arcs
Start playing with your arcs – you can mix & match the colors to create new rainbows, overlapping them, turning them at angles, or joining them to create circles, squiggles, or swirls.
- Glue down and trim edges
Once you’ve made an arrangement you like, use a glue stick to glue it all down to a piece of paper. Trim off any edges, and ta-da – ready for framing!
If you have gone rainbow crazy and love making these, you can make a bunch and put them all in one big frame – they look fantastic as one big group! Or try making rainbows in a new medium with these DIY chalk pastel rainbow pillows!
My über-creative friends at Oh Creative Day and Little Button Diaries host a fantastic and inspiring Instagram account (@get.creative.with) challenging followers to get creative with a new theme and new guest host every week, and this week their theme was rainbows.
If you’re having a day when you just can’t come up with one thing for your kids to do, make this your first stop. Seriously – follow it, bookmark it and save it in your repertoire forever and ever. The collection of ideas for playing, learning, and art you’ll find there is going to absolutely blow you away, and it is a great way to get your own creative engine revved.