Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Process-Driven Art - An Underwater Collage

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While we've been doing some seaside activities this week we decided to do an underwater painting. I've been reading lots of about process driven art (like this great post fromNurturestore) so I wanted to be a bit more laidback about this painting session than I am when I have a finished project in mind, 'we're going to make a handprint birthday cake with different coloured candles and glitter glue,' for example.

I set out a couple of different ways to paint: printing with bubble wrap, fingerpaint, brushes, handprints, string painting and our DIY stamps I shared yesterday. Then the kids got to work mixing colours, splashing paint around and splatting great big handprints.

I did intervene a little, to refresh sheets of paper just before each one turned that soggy brown toddlers have been painting here style!

And finally we were left with lots of different styles, colours and inspiration - I knew I wanted to put them together in a big art piece, with all our collaborative efforts, the fishy stamps and the bubble-wrap were my inspiration for and underwater scene.

I cut out the handprints and drew faces on them, cut around the big fingerpainted blobs and cut shapes out of the solid blocks of colour the kiddos had made.

I edged all the pieces in black Sharpie and then Vin got to work with his glue stick...

I had to cut some of the fingers off the kiddo's handprints, for artistic integrity you understand - but it felt so wrong as I did it!

I kind of want to do an entire children's book full of pictures like this... just need some words to go with our mini-masterpieces

So what do you think guys? Not easy to create something that is both process driven for the kiddos and still fulfills my need for the aesthetic!

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  1. I love it - the combination of different techniques is really good. I have bubble wrap for just the occasion but we're still obsessed with snow here at the moment.

  2. What a great idea! It must be so satisfying for kids to be able to let loose their creativity and still have an swesome outcome (thanks to Mum's creativity). Can't wait to try it. Also, I've pinned this. :D

  3. Thanks for pinning Lauzi! I worry I look a bit anal cutting out fingerpaintings, but for every fridge-worthy picture we make I have a hundred brown splodge paintings they have made!

  4. Cerys - you could try white painting printed on a dark background to make a snow-scene. Also, I just pinned a pic where someone taped the bubblewrap around a rolling pin and let the kids roll the paint on like that.

  5. What a lovely underwater painting. I love how you have taken the kids' experiments and made a collaborative artwork.

  6. Wow - those turned out beautiful!! I love water color painting!

  7. That is beautiful! I love how it turned out ;-) Thank you for sharing your ideas with us on The Sunday Showcase

  8. Thanks for linking up to the We LOVE Paint linky party over at PreKandK Sharing! I love all of the different textures and techniques you used.


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