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Art For Families - April 13, 2021

Today's art activity for you to do at home:

Gilded Insects

Today we’re going to creating some faux taxidermy with toy insects! On Tuesdays at 11am we go "live" on our YouTube and Facebook pages with art for #families.

Don't forget to tag us on Facebook, Twitter @RedDeerMuseum or Instagram @rdmag #MAGsatathome with your creations! We'd love to see them.

GILDED: Something that is covered with a layer of gold leaf or gold paint.

TAXIDERMY:  The use of preservation and articulation of deceased animals or insects to create an art or display piece

Watch our YouTube for step-by-step demonstration!

You can download the instructions in a pdf format here.

What You Need: Round wood plaques, toy insects, gold paint, black paint, hot glue, magnets

Step 1. First, paint your wooden round pieces black.

Step 2. Then, while those are drying, paint your toy insects gold. Make sure to get into all the little cracks and crevices, and maybe do 2 layers of paint if you want nice, even coverage.

Step 3. Once all of your pieces are dry, carefully put a bit of hot glue on the bottom of your insect and attach it to the middle of your wooden plaque.

Step 4. Once your insect is secure, you can glue your magnet to the back, and you’re done!Gilded Insects Live Art Tuesdays

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