We love trying out new methods of getting colours on to paper and so were exited to try out squeegee painting. I initially thought I’d have to buy some squeegees to do this but then Boy Child pointed out that we have squeegees in the car for clearing our windows. We brought them in and […]
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.
All kids love bubbles so it stands to reason they’ll love bubble painting. I did this activity with a 7 year old and a 9 year old but, as long as you take precautions to deal with the mess, it would would work well for any age. It would also make a great toddler group […]
I love creating colourful stuff and bleeding tissue paper can create some beautiful bright colour patterns. It’s really simple and is a process art project that even really young children can create beautiful results from although they will likely end up rather brightly coloured themselves by the end of it! Here’s how to make your […]
These tissue paper dyed Easter eggs are a really beautiful Easter process art for slightly older children that a friend showed us how to do. You could have a go with younger ones if they are capable of being gentle enough not to crush the eggs. Alternatively you could do it with egg shaped pieces […]
Shaving foam marbling is a really simple process art activities. You may well have everything you need in the house already. One word of warning though, if your children decide to turn the shaving foam into a messy play activity when the marbling is finished, they will have rather colourful hands for a few days! […]