This post is sponsored by STAEDTLER. Yes, they were lovely enough to pay me to paint with my kids.
Art making with the kids is one of my favourite things to do. Much like the garden, It gives us a reason to come together and work on a common goal. The perfect excuse to get dirty and make a creative mess, to tell stories and listen to one another.
On this occasion we talked about the deep expanse of ocean that we spent our Summer splashing in. We mixed hues of blue and green before dipping our brushes, fingers and hands into the pots.
I watched as masterpieces emerged from the efforts of my little ones. Free flowing, uninhibited abstractions.
I thought I'd share a few tips on how to provide materials and experiences that allow our children to succeed when painting, keeping in mind that Art is always about the process- not the product.
I like to restrict the colour palette to around 3 colours to avoid that well know mass of brown that often appears once a child really get's stuck in. I find that mixing a generous portion of white to each colour helps considerably with the blending process as does customising hues.
Our best crafting sessions come as the result of a good conversation or story telling sessions. If we're talking about fires and fire men (as we invariably are) I'll mix a range of deep reds and oranges and provide a small amount of black paint. Often we add some glitter, stickers or tissue paper to the mix also.
Large scale paper, fabric or stretched canvas allow for some pretty serious creative expression if you're up for the filth. Do make sure you use non toxic paints that are suitable for your young ones. We use Noris Club Finger Paints by Staedtler as they wash out with ease and trust me, you're going to be doing some serious washing, which brings me to my final point- Do let your kids use their hands and their arms and their noses should they chose to. Art should be messy and clean up should absolutely take longer than than the actual act of making art.