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Splatter Paint Art – Fun Painting Idea for Kids!

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Splatter paint art is a fun way to express yourself artistically! Here are some tips on making the most of this messy yet awesome activity! The kids will be channeling their inner Jackson Pollock, and creating fantastic artwork in no time at all.

Paint Like Pollock with Splatter Painting Art

This messy, fun activity is a great way to introduce your kiddos to art history! Jackson Pollock was known as Jack the Dripper because of his method of dripping and splashing paint on canvas. This type of artistic style is often called action painting. Show your kiddos a picture of Jackson Pollock, and a sample of his artwork before going outside and making their own pieces! For more arts and crafts activities, visit our comprehensive list of ideas and activities!

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Splatter Painting Art Activity in Action

This is what complete and utter freedom to paint looks like. At first my kiddos didn’t know what to do, but when I told them they could fling the paint across the yard for all I cared, they just went totally wild! Is this messy? Yes. Will the kids get paint on them from head to toe? Mine sure did! So is it worth the clean up? We sure think so! My kiddos had the absolute best time expressing themselves and experimenting with house paint moves (or flies). Plus, I dunked them in the pool afterwards and we were as good as new!

The Splatter Painting Art Activity in Action

This is what complete and utter freedom to paint looks like. At first my kiddos didn’t know what to do, but when I told them they could fling the paint across the yard for all I cared, they just went totally wild! Is this messy? Yes. Will the kids get paint on them from head to toe? Mine sure did! So is it worth the clean up? We sure think so! My kiddos had the absolute best time expressing themselves and experimenting with how paint moves (or flies). Plus, I dunked them in the pool afterwards and we were as good as new!

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Tips on Setting Up This Splatter Painting Activity

Setting up splatter paint art is super adaptable! I like to provide a tray of paints, and a tray of paint tools (think industrial brushes and random household objects like a funnel, measuring cups, a spatula, and ladle). For a canvas, you can provide a big sheet of paper if you have it. I only had 12 x 12 squares on hand, so I laid those out next to each other to resemble a large canvas. You can also do this on a much smaller scale, if you prefer!

We used non toxic, washable kids paint. For my kiddos, they flung the paint high and wide landing not just on the paper but their hair and clothes! So washable was key! To make the most of your paint, you can add water to dilute it. You can create splatter painting with small amounts of paint, and can even use watercolors too. We kept things budget-friendly with paint from the dollar store.

Materials

  • A Collection of Paint Tools (industrial brushes and random household objects like a funnel, measuring cups, a spatula, and ladle)

Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Talk to your kiddos about Jackson Pollock and what drip painting is! Show a picture of Pollock and his work if possible.

Step 2

Lay out your paper, ideally outside.

Step 3

Line up the paint and paint supplies for the kids.

Step 4

Have the kids start to create an outstanding work of art!

Step 1

Talk to your kiddos about Jackson Pollock and what drip painting is! Show a picture of Pollock and his work if possible.

Step 2

Lay out your paper, ideally outside.

Step 3

Line up the paint and paint supplies for the kids.

Step 4

Have the kids start to create an outstanding work of art!

The Educational Benefits of Splatter Painting

This activity is great for confidence and self expression. Giving the kids the freedom to use the paints and painting tools for whatever they think of is a great way to boost their artistic creativity.

They’ll also be using their fine motor skills to hold the painting tools and the paint, which is excellent for building the muscles in their fingers and hands. Introduce tools they may have not handled before, like a funnel or spatula!

I also love that this works on their sensory art skills and helps them see that they can create beautiful artwork using their minds, eyes, and even their ears when creating artwork based on noises or things that they’ve heard.

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And as mentioned above, this is also a great opportunity to introduce art history and some facts about Jackson Pollock who is famous for drip and splatter painting!

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The Educational Benefits of Splatter Painting

This activity is great for confidence and self expression. Giving the kids the freedom to use the paints and painting tools for whatever they think of is a great way to boost their artistic creativity.

They’ll also be using their fine motor skills to hold the painting tools and the paint, which is excellent for building the muscles in their fingers and hands. Introduce tools they may have not handled before, like a funnel or spatula!

I also love that this works on their sensory art skills and helps them see that they can create beautiful artwork using their minds, eyes, and even their ears when creating artwork based on noises or things that they’ve heard.

And as mentioned above, this is also a great opportunity to introduce art history and some facts about Jackson Pollock who is famous for drip and splatter painting!

More Ways to Explore Artistic Mediums

Here are my top picks for arts and crafts kits that encourage hands on creations!

Water Marbling Kit

Create beautiful marbled art with this easy to use kit. This is water based art and comes with all the tools needed to create 10 masterpieces!

Spin and Spiral Art

This fun kit allows kiddos to explore both spin art and spiral art. The kit comes with 3 spiro gears, 6 markers, 3 ink bottles, 15 paper discs, and an art station base.

Sand Art Kit

This sand art kit comes with 8 different colors of sand to create sand bottles and pendant bottles. A great way to discover art through a different medium!

String Art Kit

This kit is a fun way for kids to create and display amazing shapes and designs artistically made with string.  Use a pattern included in the kit or create your own!

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