When it comes to doing art with kids, I have a bias for projects that are open-ended and process-oriented. Many people refer to these kinds of art projects as process art. With process art, the process of creating the artwork is just as important, if not more important, than the final product itself. Process art is all about enjoying and engaging in the process of creation rather than trying to reach a particular end goal.
With process art, kids do not have to be preoccupied with whether their art looks “right” or fits some adult-directed idea of what they were supposed to create. With process art, there is no “right” or “wrong” way to do a project. Instead, kids are free to really explore and be creative with the materials.
The fantastic contributors to the Weekly Kids’ Co-op have shared some wonderful ideas for doing art with kids. This week I’m highlighting 10 process art activities for kids. These activities use a wide range of materials and will appeal to kids of all ages.
Egg paint bombs from The Fairy and the Frog
Kool Aid ice painting from FSPDT
Marbled coffee filter button flowers from FSPDT
Oil and water paintings from Our Dandelion Wishes
Bugs in the grass textured painting from Craftulate
Egg carton sculpture from Theres Just One Mommy
Pom pom collage from Craftulate
String art for kids using styrofoam and toothpicks from Buggy and Buddy
Print making with recycled cardboard from Where Imagination Grows
Use science to tie dye from Kids Activities Blog
I hope you enjoyed these fun ideas for engaging your children in process art!