Through process art Children can focus on the enjoying the process of creating artwork.
There is no "Wrong way" to do it. Children are free to explore and make individual decisions that result in a unique masterpiece.
Here are 30+ engaging process art ideas your preschoolers will love!
It's easy to facilitate
One of the nice things about incorporating process art throughout your week is how easy it is to set up. In most cases you just need to provide the materials (or let them choose their own).
Crafts vs. Process Art
One of the main differences between Crafts and Process Art, is that Crafts have a specific outcome. Process Art is completely open ended.
Process Art can be made with different tools
In process Art you can use a variety items from around the house, as well as items from nature to create with. Some of my favorite process art tools are: Flyswatters, Forks, Spray Bottles, sponges, forks, and Marbles.
Paper Tube Stamping-From Sheena W. of Building Blocks Family Childcare
Preschoolers will love painting with straws!
Setting up an invitation for Straw Painting is a breeze too.
Soda Bottle stamping from Sheena W. of Building Blocks Family Childcare
Magnet painting combines process art, an element of science, and music! As with any STEAM or process art activity, the focus is on a child's creativity and observation skills as opposed to the final product.
Funnel Painting from Still Playing School
Paper Tube Stamping from Teaching 2 and 3 year Olds
Comb painting from the Imagination Tree
Yarn Prints from Kids Play Box
Carpet Square Painting from Crayon Box Chronicles
Potato Stamping from Pre-K Printable Fun
Process Art can be a sensory experience
You can create a sensory rich Art experience for children by providing opportunities for them to create Art with their fingers, and toes. Paint on unique textures such as Sandpaper, Foil or Natural Items such as rocks or branches.
Squishy sponges are a great medium for exploring paint!
See my Sponge Painting Tutorial for more info on this invitiation.
Sheena's is group is hard at work painting and decorating this branch to hang in the childcare space. Photo credit Building Blocks Family Childcare
Sand Paper Art from Kids Play Box
Jackson Pollack Inspired Art from Stir the Wonder
Crumpled Paper Art from Buggy and Buddy
Process Art can go up!
Don't forget to incorporate 3-Dimentional Art into your program. Sculptures can be made using a variety of materials such as Wood, Rocks, Foam, Boxes, Straws and many other loose parts.
Nuts and Bolts Sculpture from Preschool Powol Packets
Wood Sculptures from the Artful Parent
Popsicle stick sculpture from the Crafty Crow
Art can be made from collections of materials
Kids love glue! Incorporate Mosaics, Collage, and Mixed Media.
Sheena W.'s group is hard at work creating Art!
Nature Collages made by filling a shoe box lid with glue and pressing in items found in nature.
PKPF Community Member Judy H.'s
group made these collages on boxes! How clever!
Mosaic Project from Happy Hooligans
Process Art Collages from Dilly Dally Art
Tape and Water Color Art from Fun-A-Day
Process Art can be temporary
Not all Art needs to be hung on a wall to be appreciated. You can incorporate a variety of Transient Art projects. For children who might need something concrete, you can take a photo and share it on a Bulletin Board, or give them the photo to take home to share.
Ice Art from the Nurture Store
Pendulum Art from Handmade Kids Art
Magic Milk Process Art by Simple Fun for Kids
An article on Transient Art from Community Playthings
Light Table Mandala from Flights of Whimsey
Transient Art using leaves from Nicki Willows
Community Member Sheena W did some tape resist sidewalk chalk art with her preschoolers.
Process Art can be made outside
Bring the Messy Art Outside! You can design a place outside to create.
Drop painting is a fun way for children to explore and create a unique piece of art. This project supports children as they learn they can combine ideas and materials to create any design they can imagine.
Sheena W. provides plenty of opportunity for the children to create Art outside. She has an easel set up outside, bring messy art outside, and allows the children to create Art from Materials found outside. Photo Credit: Building Blocks Family Childcare
Try Flyswatter Painting outside!
Process Art can be made with friends
Art can be so much fun with friends.
Children can collaborate on a group collage, mural, quilt or canvas.
The preschoolers over at Building Blocks creating outside together with dirt and glue.
Look at how much fun Patty T's kids are having creating this beautiful Rainbow Canvas
Friendship Art from Munchkins and Mom's
Collaborative Flower Collage from Crafty Kids at Home
Super Sized Marble Painting Collaborative Art from Prek and K Sharing
Process Art Can Be a Part of Thematic Teaching
Exploring art is a great way for young children to learn about a variety of art mediums and tools. Weaving process art into your thematic teaching can be simple.
Squish and Twist painting is a fun way for preschoolers to explore blending colors. Use this technique with yellow and red paint with a Pumpkin Theme.
For Dental Health Theme try painting with a toothbrush!
Toothbrushes are often available at the local dollar store making this an inexpensive exploration. After this introduction add the tool to your other paint brushes for repeat use.
Free Theme Planning Guide
Organize your theme planning with my Free Theme Planning Guide.
Print your guide and plan your favorite Process Art Invitations for your themes!
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