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Pacita Abad

Pacita Abad was a bold Asian-American artist, activist, and world traveler. She embraced color, patterns, and texture while creating remarkable pieces that encouraged people to look at social issues in a whole new way.

With this art kit, children will get the opportunity to discover her stunning works and create four abstract pieces. They'll use vibrant paints and oil pastels to design shapes and patterns. They'll also gain inspiration from Pacita Abad's unique “trapunto” style, adorning their pieces with gems, sequins, reflective paper, and other mixed-media elements. The final project is a 3D rendering of an underwater seascape that will make the water come alive with fish and plants!

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Activities in the Pacita Abad Box:
Bumbu Bumbu Mixed-Media Reproduction
Bright colors take center stage in this mixed-media piece! Children will paint a vibrant background and add several mixed-media elements to make it “pop” even more. With wooden pieces, reflective paper, and painted patterns, the creative possibilities are endless!

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Bumbu Bumbu Mixed-Media Reproduction
Layers of Earth Torn Paper Reproduction
This abstract piece gives kids total artistic freedom. They'll start by tearing strips of paper and arranging them as a layered background. On top of that colorful base, they'll add oil pastels, paint, gems, and sequins.

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Layers of Earth Torn Paper Reproduction
Abstract Painting Techniques
Kids get to experiment with two new painting techniques in this project! First, they'll learn how to pull and swirl paint with a paint scraper. Then, they'll cut shapes out of chipboard and creatively layer them on a bold background.

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Abstract Painting Techniques
Underwater Seascape Diorama
We're going underwater for this 3D art project! Kids will create waves, fish, algae, and coral all working together to turn this box into a real, living body of water.

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Underwater Seascape Diorama
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