Sunday, April 3, 2011

Painting Together

This week we did one of my favorite activities--we made a community/group painting. I'm always fascinated by the process that happens during this activity. This time I was able to document the development of our art masterpiece more fully.

BEFORE - the stage is set

Painting individual pictures and designs

Pictures begin to merge together

Painting over previous paintings

Filling every white space

Adding, retouching, finding all the little white spaces

Each one wants to add his own touch

The finished product

The best part: While I love the final product, the process and the discussion are the best part of the activity. I heard about volcanos and deep holes. I heard about plans to cover every square inch of the paper. I heard kids making plans and carrying them out. I watched as dots appeared and disappeared under layers of color.

Our very wet painting is now drying. Next week we'll display the masterpiece for everyone to enjoy. In a few weeks, we'll recycle it by cutting it up and using it as part of a collage.


  1. What a great story Scott!
    Donna :) :)

  2. Great post. I haven't done too many collaborative projects this year - I love this. Simple but full of learning opportunities.

  3. I love this Scott - did you find that they stayed involved in the process any longer?

  4. I love collaborative projects! Such a wonderful way for the children to work together in so many ways. Thanks for sharing!

  5. The kids did stay with the activity for a long time. They also would work for a while, go do something else, and come back to work again. (Not all the kids, but several.)

    I also enjoyed watching how the ideas would flow among the children, building on the ideas of one another as they created.

  6. Hello. This is a great idea; I remember doing this with 30 children and a huge banner-sized piece of black paper. We had the theme of 'Fireworks' to focus our pattern making. Great fun!