Thursday, July 1, 2010

super sized marble paintings

I'm sure you are all familiar with the joys of marble painting

It is always a big hit at preschool::


Marble painting is one of the art experiences guaranteed to attract the interest of that group of boys - you know the ones who are always much too busy elsewhere to paint at the easel.   

And if you super size an art experience, just try to keep them away!


Here we used a large piece of board as the canvas.  

The edging is cut up cardboard box taped to the side.


We have also used a cheap canvas, and secured the cardboard edging with a staple gun.


Super sized art works look amazing on display at preschool. 

We have really big expanses of white walls and towering ceilings so small paintings just don't cut it:


Whatever the method you use, there is something about the challenge and the novelty and the size that brings that group of boys running.

You might like to follow these links for some more super super-sized art ideas on these super blogs:


Have you super-sized it lately?

41 comments:

  1. Love the idea of super sizing artwork. It sure does make a spectacular statement.

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  2. I think this is one of the most fun ideas I've seen in recent days! I'm doing this.

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  3. Yay! It's both full body art and a lesson in cooperative play, Jenny. This is destined to become a regular part of our curriculum although since we don't have large white walls, the results might be destined for the recycling bin after a week greeting parents at the front door. =(

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  4. My son is most definitely one of THOSE boys! We did this activity last month with the art playgroup I hosted, only we used golf balls instead. Love this activity! Next time I'll definitely try it on a giant canvas like the one pictured...that turned out great!

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  5. Always a winner Jenny. Our children still rank this amongst their favourite form of painting!
    Donna :) :)

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  6. I just love the physicality involved in creating this kind of art. Fabulous.

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  7. Hi Jenny, You inspired me to put this idea into action immediately :), and we spent the afternoon making rolling rock paintings. I credited you in the post that I just wrote up on my site. Thanks so much!

    http://tinkerlab.com/2010/07/02/rolling-rock-painting/

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  8. I love this idea. We will do this in playgroup STAT. I'm in Los Angeles, drooling over your ideas. Appreciate it very much, to say the least. View for upcoming copy cats: cowsgomooandducksgoquack.blogspot.com

    Thanks for sharing!
    Gianne

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  9. This is so much fun. If, like Teacher Tom, you lack display space, it's worth finding out if a local library, old folks home, doctor's surgery or community centre would like your big pictures.

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  10. Gorgeous canvas, such a simple yet effective way of adding quick colour! Thanks for sharing Jenny!

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  11. i LOVE this.
    we have done the small individual marble paintings here at home but THIS is going on my list for craft thursdays. i have been making a project every thursday with my kids. they will love this so much! i found you through crafty crow.
    you have such a lovely school. :)

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  12. I wondering what kind of paint you used on this???
    thanks
    Michelle

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  13. sydneysnana - I just used normal old poster paint.

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  14. love this idea!
    I am not familiar with marble painting, but assume you simply add a few globs of paint and some marbles and then move the frame around?!
    Lovely inspiration, thank you!!!
    Warmly,
    Christina

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  15. Oh not the recycle bin!!! Save them and do an auction for the parents that is such a special and beautiful idea there should be no reason to "recycle" it!

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  16. Wow, this is amazing! I was wondering how you created that last piece. Did you paint a blue base first, or did you use mostly blue paint on the marbles to create the blue effect?

    Thanks,

    Ruthie

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  18. Did you wet the canvas or thin the paint to create the softer color of the large painting? I love it!

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  26. Where do you find such a huge canvas?

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  31. My kindergarten classes marble painted on a much smaller scale. I put black paper on the bottom of box lids (like for holding soup cans or Xerox paper). The children rolled a marble around using white washable paint. It looked like a spider web. This is a fun Fall or Halloween activity to go along with learning about spiders. But I LOVE your huge mat. I want to be a kid in your class. By blog and book offer Kinder and preschool ideas.

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  32. Hi Jenny,
    The huge boxes for this activity are a great idea! I will try that next time. This past week, we did golf ball and marble painting in a splash pool (with the added twist of dropping the balls through PVC pipes!).
    Thanks for your great ideas and the mentions on your blog!
    -Kristin
    http://exploringtheoutdoorclassroom.blogspot.com/2011/10/pvc-science-and-art.html

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  34. Wow kids did that painting? It's gorgeous and so wild and free. A creative and innovative project for children. Just wonderful.

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  36. Its nice that you were able to come up with the super size idea. I'll suggest this art activity to the teacher in preschool at our place.

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  37. That is really cool. I have never seen marble painting. Definitely a fun thing for little kids and maybe even big kids to do. Fun w/ paint!

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  38. Fun! I want to marble paint. Great idea, gonna try with my child.

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  39. I wish I knew about doing this type of painting when my son was little - these look really great.

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  40. love the big box will be giving this one a go thanks for sharing :)
    Shell
    http://spectacularkidsminiplayscapes.blogspot.com.au/

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