Children discover what happens when paint drips over a 3-D form. Pouring one color at a time, children see the effect of layering colors.
Designate a space that would allow students to explore with paints… this might get messy, use smocks! Model this as a small group before placing in a self-guided area.
- Invite students to choose a figurine (ex: recycled items).
- Have the young artists place figurines in a tray.
- Provide students with small cups of paint (thick tempura paint will adhere to the form best).
- Encourage students to pour the paint over the figurines one color at a time
- Ask questions to guide their exploration and to encourage creative thought and vocabulary.
- What shapes do the paints make?
- What happens when the colors overlap?
- Where do you see colors swirling?
- How can you tell which color was poured first? Last?
- How is your art the same as/different than the art of another student?
- How many different kinds of marks can you make on your paper?
- How did Vashti feel when she starting making marks?
- What do you do when you get stuck?
Inspired by Vance Kirkland’s Blue Mysteries Near the Sun, No. 4 and Peter H.More
Provide an 8x10 piece of felt that has slits one inch a part almost the entire width of the piece. Leave a one inch space around the entire felt piece as a border.
Provide various material choices to weave in and out of the slits.More
Artists often tinker with non-conventional tools to help create their art. In Motherwell’s Angus, artist Theodore Waddell uses masonry trowels and specially modified brushes originally intended to apply tar to roofs to create a heavy build-up of paint on the surface of the canvas.More
Ideas for the Art Center:
- Add pre-cut paper shapes in various sizes.
- Painters tape
- Rollers with ink or paint