Tall Painting

Children from room 4 visited the studio and were invited to explore acrylic paint in an unconventional way. Instead of using brushes to paint directly onto a canvas, the children used a method we like to call ‘tall painting.' For this, acrylic paint is mixed with water to give it a more fluid consistency that is ideal for pouring. Then, a large tree stump was placed in the work area with canvas directly underneath. Children then poured the paint directly on top of the stump and watched it run down onto the canvas. One color is poured directly on top of another, with this process repeating which creates a beautiful marriage of color that you would not see with the typical brush to canvas. The way the colors run together without mixing can almost be described as a marbling effect that really helps the children understand that colors and mediums can interact in many different ways!