We like to make the teachers at home made gift at Christmas and at the end of the term and this year we decided to make these alcohol ink bookmarks. They were easy to and the finished effects are really pretty. While alcohol ink isn’t the cheapest process art supply, there is lots you can […]
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.
Alcohol inks are a great process art material. They are easy to use and they can create some beautiful effects. However, compared to some of the projects we do, they aren’t cheap, and neither is the special applicator you often need to use with them. While you do need an applicator, you don’t need to […]
We’ve marbled with ink and marbled with shaving foam and really enjoyed it so we thought we’d have a go at marbling with chalk. This is a really easy process art activity that even toddlers could do with a bit of help. Everything you need is probably already in your house and if it isn’t, […]
I’ve always loved the marbled effect and we have had a go at marbling before using shaving foam and food colouring. Someone kindly gave me an Amazon voucher recently and I decided to use it to treat myself to some marbling ink. The kids and I had a go with them last week and I […]
While I am not much of a crafter, I do love process art. We do lots of projects as a family so I thought I would create a round up of our favourite process art activities for kids of different ages. Process Art Activities for Toddlers These activities are ones that even toddlers can get […]