This summer I created a mesh and PVC frame on our fence, for the Wee Warhols to engineer a large water wall on. It was a great success! I was worried that the kids would argue when building it, but they worked together amazingly. It helped that I had everything ready to go for them at build time.
It was a lot of work for me to build the frame. I was going to take it down after our water day, since I had an art party at the house the next day, but I decided to take down the attached pieces and turn it into a huge canvas for the birthday goers to paint a mural on.
A friend of mine, Bar suggested I leave it up and make a large bubble wrap print making wall. Brilliant! I wanted to drag out the life of this thing for as long as I could, before my husband made me take it down for being an eye sore. Plus, I had been inspired by a bubble wrapped tree image that I saw of Bar’s on Instagram and really wanted to try that. Check out Bar’s bubble wrap tree post here or see more bubble inspiration here: Art Bar’s Bubble Wrap Posts .
The Wee Warhols in print making action!
I hung a variety of sized bubble wrap for the kids to paint. Yes, I save EVERYTHING! We used tempera paint, then made prints using thick paper. I would have used acrylic paint, if I knew that we were going to repurpose the painted bubble wrap to make more art, but I didn’t think that far out. Remember when I said that I save or reuse EVERYTHING?
Reusing the painted bubble wrap to make more art.
The next day I cut up a large drop cloth we funnel painted on that week, to use as the starter canvas for our bubble collages.
The kids cut sections of the bubble wrap and glued them onto the painted drop cloth canvases. Like I mentioned, they flaked a bit, but still looked cool with lots of fun textures and colors. All of these art making experiences were layered with wonderfully fun action / process art.