Relief Art Butterfly from Creative Steps

Wednesday 21st August 2019

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Try this simple but stunning relief art project – perfect for kids of all ages! We used a Butterfly template, but you can adapt this idea to create fabulous art projects with any shape.

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EYFS Learning Zones: Exploring & Using Materials * Imagination * Understanding the World

You will need…

Sheets of White and Black paper
Chalks or pastels

Follow the steps:

  1. Fold the white paper in half and draw the outline half of a butterfly. A Template is provided, click here to download.
  2. Cut it out and you will have a symmetrical butterfly.
  3. Attach to the black paper with masking tape or tac. Keep the edges clear.
  4. Go all around the edges in different colours using crayons or pastels, working in outward strokes right to the edges of the black paper.
  5. Gently peel the butterfly off.

What other creatures or shapes can you create in the same way?

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