Project for Kids: How to Create a Stage Backdrop
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Materials and Tools:
small paper cups
dowel rod cut slightly longer than length of canvas
- Spread out some newspaper on your table or floor, and set up your workstation.
- Squeeze the paint into cups.
- Fill one cup with water to rinse the brushes between colors.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- Think of the canvas as a curtain on a curtain rod and staple the canvas onto a dowel rod.
- Locate a place on the wall where the brackets will be.
- Screw the two brackets into the wall.
- 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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