22 April 2008

Straw Painting

At the art gallery last weekend, we took part in a super fun workshop for the whole family. All you need is some watered down paint, pastels, a straw, some good healthy lungs to blow the paint around on your page and some scraps for collaging.

Start with painting the trunk. Next, pool a small puddle of watery paint at the top of your trunk and then start blowing. Try different techniques as you follow the stream of paint up your paper. Try following it steadily. Then try whirling the straw around a bit wildly. Repeat. And don't get too dizzy!

My auntie's beautiful cherry blossom creation:

My son's wintery tree silhouette:

Here are some tips for explaining the idea to your little ones.