Body Painting with the Art Group


Body Painting with the Childrens Art Group

Generous amounts of washable, nontoxic tempera paint + bare torsos + encouragement to paint their bodies =

Body Painting with the Childrens Art Group

Body Painting with the Childrens Art Group

Body Painting with the Childrens Art Group

Body Painting with the Childrens Art Group

I had set out special face crayons (the kind used on halloween or for face painting) as well but they were completely ignored.

Paint was clearly the art material of choice yesterday.

We used a bar of soap, the hose, and the kiddie pool for washing up afterwards.


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    July 9, 2009 at 4:24 am

    Love the body painting! A perfect summer activity and it reminded me of two books we seem to keep checking out of the library:
    “I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More”
    And this amazing one about African tribal decoration…really stunning images.

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    Crafty Mom
    July 9, 2009 at 6:54 am

    Once again, you’re encouraging me to let go of my inhibitions when it comes to letting my girl experiment with art. Body Painting!?! I never would have thought to let her do that! Thanks for the inspiration.

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    July 9, 2009 at 6:56 am

    We did tempera body painting this summer too. The kids had a blast and it was a great tactile experience! I even let them paint my legs a bit ;)

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    July 9, 2009 at 7:00 am

    what great fun! i also thought of the book I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! great book!
    thanks for listing my blog and open art wednesday your the best :)

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    July 9, 2009 at 10:39 am

    heehee. very fun! whenever we paint it seems like the clothes come off lately :)

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    July 9, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Hahahahaha. All of our art group playdates outside seem to devolve into some level of body painting. My daughter’s fault. :-P

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    July 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Oh, I love it! The brushes and paints must’ve felt pretty cool on those soft little bodies. Love the pics.

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    Julie Liddle (ART IN HAND)
    July 9, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    What a blast!
    Reminds me of my “little boy blue” that you included in my interview last summer!

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    July 10, 2009 at 6:22 am

    What fun!

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    July 10, 2009 at 6:41 am

    this looks like great fun! i particularly love the ‘watermelon’..

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    July 14, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    A fun extension might be to have mural paper out to “print” your bodies on afterward. I also love the ain’t gonna paint no more. my kids crack up on the page that cleverly suggests “butt”. I think I may have to do this little art on our next sunny day, Thanks for your creativity and for sharing. (oh and your flannel pocket dipes, I made them too and I fasten with snappis)

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    Marie {Make and Takes}
    July 15, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Oh, it looks like a blast! I’ve got to do it. I think the trick for me, a sometimes clean freak, is to realize how much FUN it would be for them!! And I’ll just be prepared with the hose!!

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    August 6, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    That looks like so much fun! My four year old would love me forever if we had a paint party!

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    February 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I have done this before and it was great. Just for fun read the book I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More before doing this. Great book Linda

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    Jill @ a mom with a lesson plan
    September 2, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Little M would go absolutely crazy over this activity!!! (I just have to make sure hubs isn’t home…he doesn’t love a mess as much as we do.)

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