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Aurora Borealis Watercolours

Process Art

Process Art has gained more and more popularity in the Early Childhood Industry (amongst others). It emphasises the importance of the process of art-making, rather than the end result. It provides the children with the freedom to experiment, explore, try new things, question other ways of doing, and to ‘take risks’. Children are allowed to go at their own pace, in their own way, and thus giving them a greater sense of agency. The other great thing about Process Art is that there is no “wrong way”- every process has its own worth and merit.

You will need:

  • ​Betty the Yeti's Disappointing Day picture book 

  • Thick water colour paper

  • Watercolour paints

  • Paintbrush

  • Water

  • Images of the Aurora Borealis

What to do:

Step 1

Read Betty the Yeti's Disappointing Day. Discuss the last image of the Aurora Borealis in the shape of Mother Nature. Ask the children what they know about the "Northern Lights" and look at images of these.

Step 2

Explain you that you will be creating a painting that looks like the Aurora Borealis. Demonstrate to the children how to dip their paintbrush in water and spread it across the paper (I worked in horizontal strokes so that the end result would be akin to the Aurora Borealis).

Step 3

Add water to the brush and choose "Aurora Borealis"-like colours to add to the painting. Demonstrate to the children how the watercolours run and intermingle because of the water on the page.

Step 4

Experiment with blowing the water or using you finger to move the colours

Step 5

Encourage the children to create their own art works using this process.