The definition of Process Art according to Wikipedia is “an artistic movement as well as a creative sentiment where the end product of art and craft, the objet d’art, is not the principal focus”. In other words it’s the process not the product if you will.
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I love process art! It takes all the pressure off 🙂 It’s something I keep in mind when I just can’t think of anything exciting or a project “worth doing”. I will often remind myself it’s sometimes about the process not the product and then I become inspired.
Here’s a fun activity with an Easter twist inspired by just that concept, because well….the other day I just couldn’t think of anything “egg-citing” to do.
Painting with Plastic Easter Eggs
What to Use
- White Paper Roll
- Paint – We use tempura paint from Discount School Supply but THIS or THESE are great too!
- Plastic Eggs
- A paper plate or cups to put paint in
The Set Up
I covered our kitchen table with white craft paper which in turn gave the kids quite the canvas. (Big art is fun too). I could have absolutely put the paper on the floor but I find my kids tend to run off and become more distracted when I set them up on the floor so I usually opt to contain them at the table when we paint. Do what works best for you.
I set out plenty of plastic eggs in both the larger and smaller sizes and some tempura paint in fun springy colors. The rest, I left up to them!
It was fun to see how they used the eggs. How the process would unfold for them. My youngest (age 3) pretty much just stamped circles all over the paper…
But my four year old REALLY got into this activity!
He stamped for a while (which is incidentally how I envisioned this activity playing out). Then, he started mixing colors making “tie-dye circles” – his words- with the eggs. I love how his mind works1! As he went on it occurred to him he might be able to fill the eggs with paint so he experimented with that a bit and then tried just flat out painting using the egg to smear the paint around the paper.
Have you ever tried an open ended art activity like this with your kids? You should! You might be amazed at where it takes them.