Do you follow Art Bar on Instagram? This wonderful account by Artist and teacher Barbara Rucci is one of my all time favourites. Her blog is packed full of practical, easy ideas suitable for any age and ability and her book sits proudly on my bookshelf.
We have tried lots of Bar's ideas but this one took a while to get to. My kids have an attention span of about 10 minutes so I really thought this might be a challenge. I reached a point though where my recycling bin was just so full that SOMETHING needed to be done. The time was right people.
I started with a large thick piece of poster board then laid out all my peices and attached them with hot glue.
Next, I mixed acrylic paint colours that blended well together. I generally find that mixing paints with white creates a better opacity. I also used separate containers and brushes for each colour to try and avoid all the colours mixing together as they often do if you use a flat palette with kids.
I proudly invited the kids outside and let them loose. After about 15 minutes they started to get a bit cray cray and paint themselves, the plants and the tiles. They also started splashing the paint about and mixing everything to brown. Now I know that its all part of the process but I also think there is lesson to be learned in doing things in stages so at this point I called stop. We revisited the wall the next day and added extra colours and patterns.
A few days later we revisited the work again and added some extra details in chalk pastels. This is my favourite addition.
The only challenge was where to hag it! I'm still looking for the perfect spot...