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Art For Families - June 15, 2021

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

Silhouette Button Animals

On Tuesdays at 11am we go "live" on our YouTube and Facebook pages with art for #families.

Today we will be using all different kinds of buttons to create a colourful silhouette of an animal! What animal will you create?

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


SILHOUETTE: The dark shape & outline of someone or something that is visible against a lighter background.

COLLAGE: A collage is a piece of art that’s created by gluing pieces down to a 2D surface. Fun fact! The term “collage” is rooted in the French word for glue— “colle”!

SIDE PROFILE: When drawing a subject in side profile, you are drawing the subject as seen from the side—not from the front or back!

Watch our YouTube for step-by-step demonstration!


You can download the instructions in a pdf format here.

What You Need: Coloured mat board, strong glue (Mod Podge or Tacky Glue is ideal, but regular white glue will work too!), glue brush, colourful buttons, coloured yarn, pencil.

Step 1. Gather your supplies—get a nice pile of multicoloured buttons, and pick out some yarn in a colour you like.

Step 2. Next, draw the outline of your animal—we will provide some cutout elephant templates, but you are welcome to draw any animal you like! Keep in mind that you want to choose a creature that has a large torso, and you want to draw it BIG so you’ll have lots of room to fill it in with buttons. You also want to make sure you draw your animal in side profile, so that it’s best positioned to be holding the button balloons we’ll add later.

Step 3. Now, you can start filling in your animal with buttons! Work in sections, brushing a thick layer of glue over 1 –2 inch sections of your animal at a time, until it is filled with buttons.

Step 4. Cut your yarn into 3 to 4 inch pieces, and glue them in your animal’s paw, trunk, or mouth. Add your biggest, brightest buttons for balloons!

button silhouette elephant

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