My Own Little Michelangelo

Fresco Painting with Children

Preparing Fresco painting for the little ones can be messy!

But fun!

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was born in 1475 in in Rome, Italy. He was an Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, and architect, and poet. His two best known works are Pieta and David were completed before he was 30 years old.

He also created two of the most influential works in fresco in the history of Western art. The scenes from Genesis on the ceiling and The Last Judgment on the alter wall of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. His impassioned and highly personal style resulted in Mannerism, the next major movement in Western art after the High Renaissance.

I have seen all of these and I can't wait to taky my kiddos back to Italy to see them as well!

For the time being, we'll just have to paint like Michelangelo instead!


Sturdy Wood Board or Thick Cardboard (size to your liking)

 Tempera Paint or Water Color Paint 

Paint Brushes 

Cloth to protect floor/work surface 

Crayola Texture It! Tempera Mixing Medium OR 1/3 cup plaster (Do not use Plaster of Paris, it dries too fast) 

Rollers, playdoh toys, etc for texturizing 


We also sculpted some figures from Ivory soap, but I can't find the photos.