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Drenched by the Rain Art
What is 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:
Story Book "Life Is Not Fair When You Are Just A Chair"
Water spray bottles (with nozzles for "jet stream" and "mist"
Watercolour paint or Food colouring
Thick watercolour paper with images of chairs
What to do:
Set up easel with paper/images of chairs
Add diluted water colour paint or food colouring to the spray bottles. I asked the children what colours they wanted their rain to be, and I was told "green and blue"- it'a process art, so let their imaginations run wild.
Read “Life Is Not Fair When You Are Just A Chair”. Draw children's attention to the illustration where the chair is being drenched by the rain. Discuss how children think this might feel? Ask them what kind of sound it might make. Explain to children that they will be creating "Rain Soaked Chair Art". Discuss safety guidelines such as "only spray the paper"- perhaps have an area marked out with a tarpaulin or tape so the children are clear on the boundary lines.
Demonstrate to the children how to spray the colour on the paper using both 'jet" and "mist" settings.
Encourage children to explore spraying from different distances (within set boundaries)
You may fond that the children enjoy the process so much that you end up with an entirely saturated piece of paper. This provides an excellent opportunity to discuss he effects of water on paper and could lead into an exploration into paper making and paper recycling!