I’m thrilled to present this guest post from Jamie at Hand Made Kids Art. Her blog is such a great resource for preschool art, STEAM, and creativity. Please check out her fun activity she did for us here at Art Class Curator, and then hop over to her blog to see all of the other amazing things she does with her little kids.
Try experimenting with color mixing in a new way by painting with balloons!
When working with young artists, open-ended art experiences such as process art activities help encourage creative and critical thinking in your artists.
With a process art activity the emphasis is on the process of creating the project or activity rather than the final product. The best part of process art is there is no right or wrong way to create the work of art! This helps build self esteem and confidence in your artist.
We had some leftover balloons from a recent birthday, and I thought “let’s try to paint with them.” We used a similar paint set up with our pendulum painting activity, with 2 chairs, a broom and string. This activity did take a little bit of time to prep but both of my two artists enjoyed trying to paint with an unconventional material like balloons. I enjoyed watching them discover how the primary colors mixed together.
- 2 Chairs
- 3 Balloons
- Banner Paper
- Washable Paint (Red, Yellow, Blue)
Step 1: Prep your painting area. You may wish to lay a drop cloth on the floor. We like to use an old shower curtain or plastic tablecloth as a drop cloth but this time we taped our paper directly to the tile floor. Set up the broom by laying it across the two chairs.
Step 2: Use string to hang the balloons from the broom handle. Make sure the balloons touch the floor. Tape white paper underneath the balloons.
Balloon Tip: Add a bit of water to the balloons before blowing them up. This will help give the balloon a little weight and make it easier to paint the paper.
Step 3: Squirt the three primary colors of paint on to the paper.
I added a line of red paint on the left side of the paper, a line of yellow paint in the middle and a line of blue paint along the right side of the paper. By laying out the colors this way your artists will be able to discover how they colors mix together in rainbow order ( I didn’t tell my artists we were creating a rainbow. I wanted them to discover the color mixing on their own).
Step 4: Paint! Let your child experiment and paint with the balloons. The hardest part is stepping out of the way of your artist but with process art you want to give your child time to explore the activity.
As your artist starts to mix colors ask questions such as; what is happening as the red mixes with yellow or blue mixes with yellow?
Ask questions to lead your child to discover the new colors they are creating. By asking your child questions about their art you are showing not only your interest but also that you value the creative work they are making.
Step 5: Let the paint dry and display!
To see what we did with our finished rainbow artwork jump over to our companion post on Hand Made Kids Art.
Printmaking Extension: The balloons still had a lot of paint on them so we set down a new white sheet of paper underneath the balloons and had fun stamping with the balloons.
For more unconventional color mixing activities check out our no mess color mix play dough activity. If you wish to learn more about how to create art with young artists sign up for our exclusive preschool art newsletter and receive our free download, “Unlock Your Child’s Hidden Talents”.
Jamie is a certified Art Instructor having taught children of all ages. In addition to inspiring young minds and creating for Hand Made Kids Art, she is a busy mom of 3 children. Hand Made Kids Art focuses on quick, easy and inspiring art activities to grow creative kids. It doesn’t matter if you only have 5 minutes or 20 minutes, you can find time to create art with your children with Hand Made Kids Art. Follow along with our art adventures at Hand Made Kids Art, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
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