Squirt guns or water guns instead of paintbrushes? Absolutely! Who says you can only paint with a brush and your hand? Have you ever tried pistol painting? Now’s the chance to explore an awesome water art project with easy materials. We love simple and do-able process art projects for kids!
HOW TO PAINT WITH SQUIRT GUNS
THE FIRST WATER PISTOL
The inventor of the first water pistol, made in 1896, was a man named Russell Parker. It used a rubber bulb inside a metal gun frame. The pistol was marketed as “USA Liquid Pistol. Will stop the most vicious dog (or man) without permanent injury.”
Why not use your water pistols to create a fun action painting! Action painting is a type of art where the artists see the canvas as a space for action. Famous artist, Jackson Pollock is the artist who best illustrates the techniques of action painting.
Create your own action painting by freely letting go and unleashing your feelings. Action paintings are usually abstract, which means it doesn’t have a subject or central image. Tell a story instead by the movement, colors, and patterns of the paint.
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WHY DO ART WITH KIDS?
Children are naturally curious. They observe, explore, and imitate, trying to figure out how things work and how to control themselves and their environments. This freedom of exploration helps children form connections in their brain, it helps them learn—and it’s also fun!
Art is a natural activity to support this essential interaction with the world. Kids need the freedom to explore and experiment creatively.
Art allows children to practice a wide range of skills that are useful not only for life but also for learning. These include the aesthetic, scientific, interpersonal, and practical interactions that can be discovered through the senses, intellect, and emotions.
Making and appreciating art involves emotional and mental faculties!
Art, whether making it, learning about it, or simply looking at it – offers a wide range of important experiences.
In other words, it’s good for them!
SQUIRT GUN PAINTING
A perfect water art project for kids of all ages. Messy and fun are the best combination!
- Paper or canvas
- Squirt guns
- Food coloring
- Pipette or
STEP 1: To make washable paint for water guns mix water and a few drops of food coloring in a separate bowls for each color.
STEP 2: Use your pipette to fill your water pistols.
STEP 3: Get outside and make a mess! Use your water pistol on canvas or paper for a creative art
experience. What happens with you mix the colors?
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PAINTING WITH WATER GUNS FOR SUMMER ART
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