Today at the artsyfARTsy family art event, we got a little messy! We staged an art project by asking kids at the Mall to help us splatter paint a volunteer lying on canvas. 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. There was no way to do it wrong and any effort was a success. 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. 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”. This merits more thought.
Many thanks to all the kids who took a chance with us today. It was a blast!
I apologize for missing all the kids who came to participate. We were having so much fun we forgot to keep taking pictures.