Today at the artsyfARTsy family art event, we got a little messy!Â We staged an art project by asking kids at the Mall to help us splatter paint a volunteer lying on canvas.Â We had hoped it was going to be FUN but weren’t sure how people would receive it. We noticed something intriguing.
The splatter-painting was accessible enough to get kids to take a chance.Â There was no way to do it wrong and any effort was a success.Â More boys than girls were drawn to the activity and the boys stayed longer. It’s got me thinking about letting our kids “make a mess” and creating open-ended art without a scripted outcome.Â Engaging more kids in art requires different approaches for different personalities.
If we want kids, especially boys to take risks, with art or anything, I wonder if we need to scribble a bit more and ease up on the “rules”.Â This merits more thought.
Many thanks to all the kids who took a chance with us today.Â It was a blast!
I apologize for missing all the kids who came to participate.Â Â We were having so much fun we forgot to keep taking pictures.