Painting with cotton buds: process or product?

Great kids painting ideas

This week we’ve been experimenting and painting with cotton buds. It turned into a great lesson in how the process of painting (or any kind of art or play) is just as (more?) important for children as the end product.

painting with cotton buds pointillism

I’d told the children about Georges Seurat and how he used pointillism to create pictures that looked so different when viewed close up or from afar, and wondered if they might like to try out the technique for themselves.

cotton bud painting flowers

The technique took a lot of concentration and was a challenge, as the children had to conceive their design but then apply a precise method to achieve it. I left them too it, to test out the idea and see what they could come up with.
painting with cotton buds butterfly

They created flowers, butterflies and letters.

painting with cotton buds letters

And then they explored what else they could do with the cotton buds.
painting with cotton buds colours

They swooshed and swirled and spread the paint – on the paper and on the paint trays themselves. The picture at the top shows the gorgeous colour patterns they made in the paint.
cotton bud paintings

So much process going on! The end product was some colourful art work but I know they enjoyed the doing without any care really for what they finished up with.

painting with cotton buds ideas

What we did end up with though was a pile of colourful cotton buds. I wonder what we can do with them?

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