Happy 4th of July! I hung these giant coffee filters on a line and set up this invitation to paint last week in art camp. They reminded me so much of fireworks, I thought that today would be a good day to post my photos.
I got this idea from my friend and colleague Kim Poler, who runs a studio called Beehive Art in Massachusetts (read my interview with Kim from earlier this year). Kim has been using these giant coffee filters for years and years. She and her former partner, Susanna Carrillo, discovered them when they were running art camps together in Rowayton, CT. You have to check out this photo and this photo on Kim’s Instagram where I got my inspiration. Kim gave her students droppers to paint with, which is another brilliant idea.
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SUPPLY LIST FOR PAINTING GIANT COFFEE FILTERS:
~ Liquid watercolors (8-ounce bottles in some bright colors)
~ Jars to hold watercolors (I use jam jars and baby food jars, but also I bought these hexagonal 4oz jars that I love)
Here is a short video of the kids in action.
HOW TO SET UP THIS COFFEE FILTER ART INVITATION:
Set up for this art invitation is easy peasy, and the process is so much fun for children of every age – toddlers and up!
1. Tie a line across the room, or outside. I tied mine above the table to catch drips. Hang the coffee filters with clothespins.
2. Set out the paints, putting one paint brush in each color.
3. Let the kids paint to their heart’s content!
After the kids left for the day, my son came home from sports camp and was immediately drawn to the table set-up. Any time I can entice my 11-year old son into an art invitation, I know I have hit the art invitation jackpot!
My 14-year old daughter also had a go at it. I actually kept this invitation up for two days. I really started loving the way the drippy table paper was turning out, too!
I love the weight and feel of these coffee filters. I think I will cut them up and use them as collage material. The best part is that the color is equally vibrant on both sides!