Looking for ways to keep your child creatively busy? In this section of the blog we help you explore what, why and how of process art…! Let us first understand the what. What is a process art? It is an art form that is actually a process of creating an art. Confusing, right? It is an experience that the children go through while creating an art. Process art concentrates on the process rather than the outcome. So be prepared that what you are painting might not look like the one in your imagination. It is more like an open ended activity where the children don’t have to follow set instructions and replicate what the teachers are instructing them to do.
Now you’d ask why process art?
This question will certainly wrack your brain as to why? Process art gives the children creative freedom and helps them explore the world of art in their own way, with their own interpretations. Kids can keep repeating the activity and come up with something new each time. Process art help the children in developing their fine and gross motor skills, sensory exploration, spatial thinking, and hone their various art techniques.
Process art does not only involve paints but a bit of nature and exceptional creativity can be included in it. It is the interesting materials used in the art that makes it an experience. It is rich and a subtle art for the children. Parents should not interrupt the children when they are creating an art. This will break the thought process that the child is going through while creating the artwork.
One might ask why not crafting?
Yes crafting is also good but they are end result oriented. It requires the children to follow and create the same art work as the teacher or the other kids. It is also an added burden for the teachers to think what craft to make, what supplies would be required and also guiding the children throughout the craft making session. But in process art, end result will reflect the child’s creativity and imagination.
Process art for kids is a fun and engaging activity. If you are just starting on the process art and are unsure of the how’s of it, move real slow. Use simple materials and create simple artworks. One need not turn into Picasso on the very first day. Use artwork that the child is comfortable with.
And also know that where kids and colours, paints and papers are present together, there is bound to be a mess. Have a plan to clean up the mess. You can keep wet wipes or wet washcloths handy lest the place starts getting messy. Plan ahead and you can spread old newspapers or waste table cloth on the floor to save them from damage. Also have a place to dry the wet artwork so that they don’t spoil and the children aren’t disheartened.
Here we are listing some of the interesting and quite easy process artworks that can be done by the kids and as a family too.
- Rainbow Art
Spread the bubble wrap on the on a table. Stick on pin them up so that they don’t move. Take different paints in different wide containers. Have the kids spread paint on the bubble wrap using the paint rollers. Use variety of colours on a single bubble wrap. In the next step place a semi-circle cut paper on the bubble wrap when the paint is still wet. Press gently. Voila! You have your Rainbow process art ready.
- Folding and Dye Art
All you have to do if fold the tissue papers as you like it, may be a triangle, accordion, square or rectangle. Now take some liquid water colours in different containers and add little water. Dip one end of the tissue paper in the colour and dip other ends in different colours and let the tissue soak up the water. Very gently open the wet tissue and here you have your folded dye art ready.
- Melting Ice Art
Fill your ice tray with water and sprinkle some drops of water colours on top and place the tray in the freezer till your coloured ice cubes are ready. Now all you have to do is place these ice cubes on the white sheet and sit back and enjoy the fusion of different colours and patterns.
- Canvas Painting Art
You can use small canvas or one big board if it is a group activity. Let the children paint the board in any colour. Then let them dribble glue over the paint and sprinkle some salt on the glue. The children can also pate flowers and leaves on the canvas board. This usually gives the painting a texture and children like to feel the grainy texture.
- Shaving Foam Drip Art
Cut the cardboard into various shapes. Ask the children to spread the shaving foam over the shapes. Using the pipettes dribble different colours over the foam. This gives you different shapes in multicolours and a risen texture.
- Aluminium Foil Tissue Art
Spread the aluminium foil on a table and tape it. Using a mixture of equal parts glue and water, start pasting the bits of coloured tissue papers in a random pattern. The colour from the tissue paper will start spreading. Add some glitter and using the glitter pens you can draw some random designs. Add feather to the painting to enhance its look. Leave it to dry overnight and your shiny aluminium foil painting is ready.
- Salt Painting
On a cardboard, draw a design using the white glue. The designs can thick or thin as you like it but should have intersecting lines. Pour salt over the glue. Remove the excess salt by turning the cardboard. Using the pipettes drop colour over the salt. You can mix different colours and here your salt painting is done.
- Cotton Balls Painting
In a big dish place all the cotton balls. Ask the kids to dribble different colours on them using the pipettes. Here your cotton ball painting is ready.
In addition to these few arts, you can provide the kids a big empty wall or an old car (if you have) removable paints and let them explore their creativity. Get going to bring out the creative aspect of your child with these wonderful options of process art. I am sure you will sincerely be able to discover a new creative personal edge that you have in you too.