Looking for some fun ways to get your kids involved in decorating or gift making for the winter holidays? Process art is a great way to be creative while exploring the different sensorial elements of everyday objects, and the trappings of winter are perfect for it!
Process art is all about the process of painting with objects of various textures and exploring the senses as they are involved in different ways to paint. The beauty of it is that the results never look exactly the same – especially if little hands are the ones exploring the materials!
For a fun winter-themed process art, try this activity using some winter-y objects that can be found outside, or around the house:
What you need:
- Christmas tree branches
- Pine cones
- Jingle bells
- Cookie cutters
- Washable paints
- Construction paper (or whatever else your child(ren) can paint on!)
- Whatever else you have on hand
Choosing Colors: You may want to carefully choose the colors you use to make sure they won’t just mix to become brown – especially if you plan on using the resulting artwork in some way. It also helps to do one color first, let it dry, and then return to add another color.
Once your little artists are finished, what do you do with those beautiful works of wintery art? The possibilities are endless:
Greeting cards: Do your process art on blank cards or cardstock and then use them to make holiday greeting cards for friends and family.
- Cut them out and use them as gift tags for presents.
- Use the paper the process art is on as gift wrap.
Decorate: Create a banner or mural of winter-themed process art and hang it up for holiday decorations. Or, cut circles out of your artwork, tie a ribbon through, and hang as ornaments.
Create one-of-a-kind artwork: Cut the artwork into squares and make a collage with the pieces..Get even more creative and turn the resulting shapes in the artwork into other things with a sharpie or felt-tipped pen.
Explore different ways of using the objects to make prints on the paper – Christmas tree branches are amusing to slap onto the paper, cookie cutters are great for stamping, and jingle bells and pine cones are fun to roll across the paper. Talk about the different textures of the objects, the sounds you hear as you use them, and the different prints they make on the paper. There’s really no limit to what you can do with process art – just enjoy the process!
What are some other ways you can get creative with process art? Share with us in the comments!
Photo credits: Angela Chang