FREE: Dad Rocks!
Create these cute little rock sculptures to celebrate Father’s Day.
Easy Peasy Level:
Beginner /Intermediate/ Advanced
This activity is suitable for all ability levels.
Using a smooth stone and paint, we paint a cute little picture of Dad before adding some jiggling goggle eyes. This activity is suitable for all ability levels. Advanced students can add detail and features using smaller brushes whilst beginner artists can complete the activity to a much simpler standard or with the help of the teacher or parent.
You will need:
- Smooth flat stones – Approx. palm of hand size. 1 per student
- Foam brushes
- Small soft brushes
- Water containers
- Paint trays or paper plates
- White gesso primer – used to prime canvases, available from craft stores OR white acrylic paint
- Acrylic paint – multiple colours
- Black permanent markers
- Goggle eyes – 2 per student
- Hot glue gun & hot glue gun sticks. (Or PVA craft glue.)
- Newspaper or table covers
- Paint shirts or aprons
- OPTIONAL: Gloss varnish & paint pens.
Easy Peasy Tips:
- Make sure you wash your stones before painting to remove any dirt or sand.
- Gesso primer is great for sealing an object before painting. It also helps paint to stick. If you don’t have any, just use white acrylic paint.
- Be very careful using a hot glue gun. Use only with an adult’s help.
For The Teacher:
- You will need to allow time for some of the paint coats to dry so this will need to be completed over at least 2 lessons.
- Talk to the students about what makes their dads look the way they do, their hair, their favourite clothes etc.
- You will need to assist students with hot gluing to prevent injury.
Creating Your Artwork:
- Choose a stone to paint like your Dad. Try and choose one the size of the palm of your hand.
- Using a foam brush, paint all of the stone using the gesso or white paint. The white will help other colours to be more vibrant. Allow to dry.
- Mix a skin tone to suit your Dad using the acrylic paints. You might need white mixed with a small amount of yellow and red or different combinations of brown and white. There are many different skin colours!
- Paint 1/2 of the stone with the skin colour as shown. Don’t forget the back & sides as well!
- Now choose a colour/s for your Dad’s shirt.
- Paint the rest of the stone using the shirt colour. You may also like to add other decorations such as a tie or jacket.
- Now mix a hair colour for your Dad. Towards the top of the stone, paint the shape of the fringe first. Then paint the sides down to where the ears would be. Don’t forget to also paint the reverse side of the stone. Set your stone aside to dry.
- Once dry, trace the shirt and hair using a thick, black permanent marker. Then add a small simple mouth. Keep the face details nice and simple.
- THIS STEP IS OPTIONAL: If you would like your stone to be shiny or you would like to protect your paint, paint your stone with a coat of clear, gloss varnish. Teachers or adults could also spray a clear gloss as an alternative. Set aside to dry.
- Ask a teacher or adult for help with this stage. Using a hot glue gun (or PVA glue if you don’t have one) place 2 small drops of glue on the stone where you would like the eyes to go.
- Quickly press the two goggle eyes in place own top of the glue drops and press firmly. Your artwork is now complete.
What do you like about your artwork? What would you do differently next time?