Collaborative Painting with Kids

4yr olds work together to make a big painting ~ collaborative art projects foster cooperation

This project is one that I do over and over again with the 4yr olds in art class. I think all of the paintings they make could hang in a museum, but especially these large collaborative ones! It’s such a simple yet deeply fulfilling process-art experience for them.

4yr olds work together to make a big painting

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Supplies:

~ Tempera paint (I buy these for my primary colors, these for my neon colors, and these for a few extra cool colors)

~ Glass jars (you can use your own collection, or buy these)

~ Brushes (I like to put one in each jar so it eliminates the water)

~ Roll of craft paper

Process:

~ Before the kids came, I papered the table, mixed some paint colors, and put the jars out on the table. When they came over to the table they knew just what to do. I did give them a prompt which was “Let’s start with circles”. But after that, I stepped aside and let them paint. Towards the end I helped them move the jars off the table so they could finish painting all of the paper.

4yr olds work together to make a big painting ~ collaborative art projects foster cooperation

4yr olds work together to make a big painting ~ collaborative art projects foster cooperation

4yr olds work together to make a big painting ~ collaborative art projects foster cooperation

4yr olds work together to make a big painting ~ collaborative art projects foster cooperation

4yr olds work together to make a big painting ~ collaborative art projects foster cooperation

4yr olds work together to make a big painting ~ collaborative art projects foster cooperation

I managed to take some video of them painting in action (click here to watch). If you are into process art at all, you will find this as fascinating as I do!

4yr olds work together to make a big painting ~ collaborative art projects foster cooperation

Collaborative art projects are so important for kids. They build community, foster cooperation, eliminate competition, and most importantly they are social and FUN!

I hope you try!

xo, Bar

PS: Great idea for a birthday party!