We had the art group over today and let them go crazy with paint. I spread an old queen size sheet out in the back yard, gave them pans of paint watered down with water, and "introduced" the concept of splattering paint from the paintbrush with a flick of the wrist.
I'm sure some of them had already figured out the joys of splattering (as the walls and curtains in my studio attest), but hey. Anyway, they splattered, they made hand prints, they paint danced, they did torso mono prints, you name it.
The splatter painting was inspired by Susan Striker's Young at Art and was super fun. It would be a great party or playgroup activity. Most of the kids ended up naked and eventually in the kiddie pool for clean up and water play.
Here's the finished painting. I'm not sure what to do with it. It's too cool to toss but the paint is washable so it's not terribly permanent (for a sheet anyway). Also it's large. Any ideas?
Before we moved to the big sheet, I introduced the splatter painting concept at the table where they each did a few individual paintings.
As always, I'm thankful for an art table that wipes clean easily. I used to use a thrifted wooden coffee table which was a lot harder to clean.