I have been enjoying a series called Kids Get Arty which promotes exploration of great artists. The idea behind the series is simple: 1) choose an artist to explore with your child and 2) allow a piece of work by the particular artist to inspire your child (and you) to create an original piece of art work. The concept is lovely. The series inspired this activity. Our approach, however, was opposite. We led with the original art work and ended with the artist study. We moved recently. So along with continued unpacking, our days have been spontaneous.   On a beautiful afternoon the boys played in our backyard as I unpacked a goldmine of a box – ART SUPPLIES.   At the same moment, I glanced across the room to the boys’ kitchen and eyed a mini pasta strainer. That was it. I grabbed red and blue paint, our large pad of paper and the sweet little strainer and headed outside. The approach was really quite simple. We squeeze blue and red paint into the strainer, which was a whole activity by itself. Then we watched the colors mix together and eventually creating a beautiful purple. Then we let the paint take over with banging the strainer and making dots on the paper and then, my favorite, whipping the strainer in the air. The latter, I suddenly noticed in the middle of the activity, reminded me of abstract expressionism a la Jackson Pollock in the later years.

We displayed it for a few days. I showed him some images from the internet to introduce him to Jackson Pollock, specifically, and then the type of artwork, abstract expressionism. That information was a lot for a 3 year old so I am pleased with simply being able to expose him to the artist and to get him a little messy along the way.

I ordered a few books from the local branch of our library, too. I am really excited to pick them up later this week and revisit this activity. Anna’s Art Adventure and  Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters. The books I ordered were recommended to me by Red Ted Art.

Warmly, Marnie
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  1. Oooh how wonderful! And I think it really doesn’t matter “which way round you do it” – the main thing is creating, as well as exploring real art. Wonderful. Fabulous to have you “on board” the Arty Journey!!!!


  2. Love this idea, Marnie! Painting with something unexpected just adds to the fun.

  3. I absolutely love this. How great and fun!! We’ll have to try this (next time I remember to by paint or have a chance to make some).

  4. Looks like fun! I wouldn’t have thought of painting with colanders but it looks like it was pretty cool 🙂 nice!