Sunset Art Project for Kids

Posted by on August 11, 2015 in Art Project | 11 comments

Sunset Art Project for Kids

I was inspired to do this Sunset Art Project for Kids because we enjoy such beautiful, colorful sunsets at our home. There are never two just alike. It is like an original painting by God!

Sunset Art Project for Kids

We live among a grove of tall White Pines on a small lake. The pines are beautiful, stately trees that frame the sunsets. Whether you live in the woods, mountains or desert, you can make the shadowed parts similar to the area where you live.

Here are some of the sunset pictures that inspired this project….

Sunset Art Project for Kids


Sunset Art Project for Kids

This Sunset Art Project is easy enough for elementary kids.


Black Construction Paper  8 1/2 x 11

Water Colors

Brushes – one water-color brush and one small foam brush

Large Coffee Filters (commercial size)  I bought a few from our church which has a commercial coffee maker.

Black Acrylic Paint

Sunset Art Project for Kids

Cut the large coffee filter in half. Let each child make two and they can decide which one they want to use or make two projects.

Wet coffee filter completely. This allows the colors to flow together easily. Place filter on a cookie pan and add color using lots of water!

Use colors of yellow, red, orange, purple and some blue.  Again, remember to use lots of water on the small brush and have fun!

Sunset Art Project for Kids

Let dry in the shade so the sun doesn’t lighten the colors.

When dry, cut an opening out of black construction paper that fits the filter. Make the bottom look like ground with a hill or bump here and there. Trace the bottom line of the cut-out on the filter so kids know where to ground their trees.

Sunset Art Project


Sunset Art Project


On the dry filter,  use the thin water-color brush to paint the trunks of the trees with black acrylic paint. Talk about perspective and how trees in the distance look smaller and those up close look larger. Be sure to ground the trees so they are not floating in the air.

Sunset Art for Kids


After the trunks are painted, use the small foam brush tilted on end to make the tops of the trees. Dab on each side of the trunk to look like the branches with leaves.

Sunset Art for Kids

Add more trees, if needed, or perhaps some low bushes.

When dry, attach the coffee filter to the black frame with glue or scotch tape.

Sunset Art for Kids


Have fun! 


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  1. Such a cute and fun idea! Thank you for linking up with us at the Tips and Tricks Link Party!

    • It’s one that kids can be successful in doing!

  2. What a fun project. You live in the perfect place to get lots of inspiration.

  3. How lovely! Thanks for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  4. Wow what a great project! Next time our grandsons are over this will be a really fun thing to with them.

    • Bet they’ll do a great job with it! Have fun!

  5. Thanks for posting great instructions! We will be doing this soon.

    • Wonderful! Enjoy!

  6. I’m dropping by from the I Gotta Create link party. Your sunsets are stunning! You are so lucky to have them. Occasionally, we have lovely sunsets. But not on a regular basis.

    I have a link party that I am trying to grow. I invite you to share this idea — and a couple of others — at my Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link party. I think my readers would love this idea as much as I do.

    The party goes from Wednesday through Friday night at midnight. I hope to see you there.

    All the best,

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