We’ve featured quite a few artists for our Exploring the Famous Artists series here at Artsy Craftsy Mom. While they’re art icons and pioneers of various art forms, they’ve all been from another generation, another era. For the first time here, we’re going to feature a contemporary living artist, Romero Britto, with a fun collection of
10 Romero Britto Art Projects for Kids
Romero Britto is a Brazilian artist, and he is known for being all about neo-pop. Growing up in modest surroundings, he is said to be inspired by other path-breaking artists like PicassoandMatisse. One look at Romero Britto and you can understand why his work has so much color! The artist has an exuberant personality, and his paintings reflect this. They may appear as a child’s drawing at first glance, but look closer and you can see the rich detail, the many patterns and different shades of color. It’s not just the tone of the painting, even his subjects can be quite whimsical. Just take a look at ‘Mona Cat’ below:
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We’ve seen Mona Cat, so why not try drawing a cat of our own? Art Projects for Kids has a simple step-by-step drawing lesson that you can download and print for free. The drawing features the many patterns and bold lines that are signatures of Britto’s work. Don’t forget to color it in with bright colors!
With so many colors and shapes, Britto’s work lends itself quite well to collages. 2 Soul Sisters has a Britto inspired collage idea that’s perfect for the holidays – Britto reindeer! Cut out basic shapes to make the reindeer’s eyes, nose and face. Create Britto-style colorful antlers and put it all together for some truly custom-designed artwork!
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Romero Britto wasn’t just a painter, he was also a sculptor and he made many designs based on animals and even Disney characters! Art with Ms. Lloyd shows us how we can make our own Britto-style sculptures from thick Styrofoam and plaster. Once the basic sculpture is done, you can paint it any way you want, making sure you define the shapes with bold borders.
Romero Britto’s The Pyramid Project is supposed to be his largest original work, being over four stories high. The structure in London’s Hyde park is said to have used up 1500 liters of paint! While we don’t have to go that big, we can make our own little Britto style miniature pyramids as shown in Art on My Hands. All you need is four triangles of the same size to build these little pyramids. Try decorating the pyramids with Egyptian themes as in Britto’s original pyramid.
If you’re just introducing your kids to Romero Britto or want a simpler activity to keep them busy, try these coloring pages from Gifmania. Many of Britto’s favorite themes like animals, teddy bears and hearts are featured. The best part is that the lines are already drawn, so the kids can either color in the sheets as is or add in some patterns of their own.
If the sculptures we described earlier seem difficult for the little ones, this paper mache snake from Art of Miami might be a better option. With basic craft supplies including a wire, newspaper and lots of glue, you can make all kinds of snakes in different positions. The snake here even has an apple on his head! Once dry, go ahead and paint the snake in different colors and patterns, a la Britto!
With the holidays coming up, you’re probably thinking of making a Nativity scene. Why not go for a pop art Nativity scene this year in true Britto style? If it sounds far-fetched, just take a look at how Arte a Scuola has done it! Everything in this gorgeous scene is pop art inspired – from the people to the crib to the animals – even the angels! This is a great project for the older kids to do in the weeks leading up to the holidays.
We love murals – they involve a lot of people to create a beautiful work of art that’s just hugely impressive! Cassie Stephens has made a Britto-inspired heart mural, a collaborative effort of many kids. Inspired by Britto’s favorite colorful hearts, the kids made several hearts and they made clever use of the negative space in between for the letters for LOVE!
Deep Space Sparkle also has a fun project involving Britto’s hearts – a line drawing with colored markers. This is an easy project, and there is also a full video tutorial to show you how to go about it. There’s almost a zen-like feeling to sit and draw those lines and then fill them in with colors and patterns!
One of the best things about Britto is how he has made art seem more ‘accessible’ to everyone. And this book is just an example of this thought. Happy! is a lovely little book for the whole family that focuses on the little everyday things that make us happy, things we often overlook or forget during our mundane daily routines. And of course, since this is a Britto book, the illustrations are all pop art, and add to the cheerful nature of the book. A must-buy!
We’re sure you’re feeling all bright and cheerful yourself after seeing so much color! So if you or the kids are ever having a dull day, you know how to make things feel good again. Just pick one of these fun Romero Britto Art Projects for Kids, get the colors out and dive right into it!
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