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School Age Sharpie Art

Sharpie Art
School Age Program
Grades K-5

So, I'm not crafty. Sometimes I get ideas from Pinterest. On this wonderful site of ideas I kept seeing lots of stuff to do with Sharpies. (This was last Spring) I loved the idea of the tiles and the marbled watercolor look. We did this craft at a camp that I'm a part of during the summer and it worked wonderfully with our 4th-6th graders so I decided to bring it to the library.

The setup:

Each kid had their own tray with one tile and a paper towel.
On the tables I put two small cups of rubbing alcohol and some droppers.
I put one black Sharpie for them to use to write their names on the back of the tile.

I had projected instructions on how to get started on the wall, but these were mostly ignored.

I also had a tray of Sharpies and permanent markers on my front table for them to choose after I explained the directions.

For the ones who were there when the program started I showed them a video and explained a few tips. 

HERE is a video similar to the one I found, but cannot find at the moment.

How to:
1. Don't choose and more than 3-4 colors. (This would turn the tile muddy and brown)
2. Don't flood your tile with the rubbing alcohol. (This would wipe away all of the marker)
3. Have PATIENCE! This is most important thing we learned doing this craft ourselves. The alcohol does work, but very slowly. And you have to wait for it to be mostly dry. I gave everyone 30 minutes to let them dry.

Here are the 3 examples we showed them. One used too many colors, one I swirled with my finger too much and the one that actually turned out was the one we waited to let dry.

While they were drying I had a co-worker play Bingo with the kids while I took the tiles outside and sprayed them with clear enamel spray paint.

All in all they turned out pretty well. I did learn that this is a better program for the older school age kids rather than the younger spectrum. We had 25 show up on a Thursday evening, which is always a success in my book!
Have any of you tried any type of Sharpie art in your libraries?


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