This easy ghost art for kids is a preschool classic! Use simple art supplies to make adorable ghost art.
This easy ghost art for kids is fa-boo-lous
We can’t get enough adorable Halloween art when spooky season is here.
This ghost art project is simple to make, and each piece is equally amazing.
Plus, this project uses a little bit of Halloween magic because to paint this ghost, we don’t paint the ghost. You’ll see. 😂
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Cut out a ghost outline from white paper, either by freehanding the shape or tracing it first. (I always just freehand, so each ghost is different.)
Have fun with your design! Some ghosts will be long, short, wide, narrow, leaning, have arms, have no arms…they’re all perfect.
Tape the ghost outline to the white paper using a small piece of tape.
Add black paint onto the paper using cotton balls or a sponge, making sure to get all of the edges of the ghost and as much of the background as you love.
Once the paper has been painted black and the ghost’s edges are painted, remove the ghost outline to reveal the ghost made on the paper.
Isn’t that amazing? You painted a ghost without painting a ghost!
More is more
Some kids love their art plain, whereas some love adding extra accessories, and this is the perfect project for both types of creators.
You can add embellishments such as drawn-on eyes, a mouth, googly eyes, jewels for a necklace…the sky is the limit.
This step for customization is one of the very best parts.
This type of art is called negative space
I LOVE introducing fancy art vocabulary to my preschoolers, and it will forever be one of my favorite things.
This type of art employs the process of creating negative space.
The ghost made in the middle of the painting is the negative space of the art because it’s white, blank, and “empty.”
When doing this type of art, I use this vocabulary with the kids and, in turn, will overhear comments such as, “I made negative space art!” and, “This empty spot is the negative space!” and it’s pure perfection.
How do you make a ghost for kids?
Modeling the steps in the project + providing optional accessories is the perfect open-ended ghost art project for kids.
Each ghost will look different, and that’s where the true beauty is.
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This easy ghost art for kids is a winner
Easy supplies + easy directions + the cutest ghost art? Yes, please.
I can’t wait to see the ghost fun your kids have with this project, too.
The thickest you have (I used cardstock). If you only have a thinner paper (ex: copy paper, construction paper, etc), just work a little carefully.
These dry relatively quickly because the paint is typically not very thick.
I think this is somewhere in between. There’s definitely a teacher-led aspect to it, but there’s also a TON of room for individual customization and creativity (plus, no pieces will look the same).