While we love having snowball fights, sledging and building snowmen, if the snow actually hangs around for a few days we can get bored of those things. That’s why we decided to take our process art outside give painting snow with food colouring a go. It was really simple to set up and the kids […]
Process Art for Children
Process art is the creation of art where the process used to create it is part of the end result. Sometimes called open ended art, process art has no fixed out outcome. I love it because there is no pressure to achieve something particular and quite often what the kids create is better than what I create.
Process art is often messy, but if you don’t like mess then just wait until the weather is good because most of them can be done outside.
What are the Benefits of Process Art Activities for kids?
Process art is great for children because it allows them to express their creativity. Without the pressure to create a specific result they are free to explore the colours and materials any way they want. Children who aren’t that good at traditional drawing and painting can have the satisfaction of creating something truly beautiful. Process art also levels everyone’s abilities, the oldest child (or even the adult) won’t necessarily create the best work.
Process art is a great family activity. Even really young children can get involved in some of the activities and it really is as much fun for the adults as the children.
What Can You Do With Process Art?
We all know that it can be difficult to know what to do with the huge volume of art that children create. We’ve found various different uses for our process art creations over the years. Some of what we’ve made has been used as gifts. The fact that any one can create an attractive result with process art methods means we’ve been able to create some lovely gifts over the years for friends and family. We’ve also created end of year and Christmas gifts for teachers.
Lots of our process art creations have also been used as greetings cards. Sometimes this is by working on a piece of A4 card and folding it into a card shape and sometimes by cutting shapes like hearts and starts from our creations and sticking them onto cards.
We also sometimes use our work as wrapping paper and make gift tags from it. It works best for smaller presents and makes the gift really personal.
You might also like to have a look at our seasonal process art projects.
Paint pouring is something I’ve always wanted to try, it’s the ultimate process art. I’m addicted to watching videos of it on Pinterest and Facebook (who have noticed my addiction and keep feeding it). I was put off because I thought it would be expensive. It also seemed really complicated. I did a bit of […]
Making Christmas decorations with the children is an annual tradition in out house. Every year we pick a style and spend an afternoon making DIY Christmas decorations that the children can give as gifts to their teachers as well as family and friends. What follows is a round up of all the decorations we have […]
Every year, the kids and I wreck the dining room creating handmade Christmas decorations for them to give their teachers (yes, I’m that tight). We generally use some kind of process art technique to create them as I like the freedom it gives. Alcohol ink is one of my favourite process art materials and last […]
Every year, the kids and I make Christmas tree ornaments to give as gifts to the children’s teachers as well as family and friends. It’s one of our family traditions and we use a different process art to make them each time. Last year we make nail Polish ornaments by marbling different colour nail varnishes […]