Project for Kids: How to Create a Stage Backdrop

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Materials and Tools:

canvas
pencil
acrylic paint
small paper cups
newspaper
dowel rod cut slightly longer than length of canvas
curtain brackets
screws
drill
screwdriver

Steps:

  1. Spread out some newspaper on your table or floor, and set up your workstation.
  2. Squeeze the paint into cups.
  3. Fill one cup with water to rinse the brushes between colors.
  4. With a pencil, sketch your design onto the canvas. Now, paint it — and be colorful! Paint some parts with a background color; then let it dry completely.
  5. Then paint details on top of it. For instance, did you paint a blue sky? Then add some clouds and sunshine. Did you paint a brick wall? Then add some cracks or graffiti.
  6. Once the entire canvas is dry, it’s time to mount it for your backdrop.

How to mount the canvas from the ceiling: (Ask an adult to help you with this part.)

  1. Think of the canvas as a curtain on a curtain rod and staple the canvas onto a dowel rod.
  2. Locate a place on the wall where the brackets will be.
  3. Screw the two brackets into the wall.
  4. Hang the canvas on the rod from the brackets.

If you don't want to roll up your canvases, you can buy a pre-framed canvas or buy the frame separately. You'll have something you can mount on the wall like museums do. Have fun!

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