One of my goals this year is to give the children as much access as possible to outdoor play.
Our outdoor play area is a rich play space that offers a lot. However, there are some activities that seem naturally to belong indoors. Painting and drawing and collage and other forms of artistic expression are more often indoor activities. Finding outlets for creative expression in outdoor play requires some thought.
Painting with water works as outdoor art.
For children, art is as much, if not more, about the process rather than the product. The process of wielding a brush. The process of making marks.
When children paint with water on a fence they experience: filling the brush; the drips that run down; the feel of the stroke of the brush; the sweep of their arm; the change in colour; seeing where they have left their mark; matching up the strokes to cover an area.
Most of what they can get from painting on paper at an easel they also get from painting water on a fence. They just don’t get the product to take home.
This is ephemeral art.
And that is a good thing.