Tuesday, September 21, 2010

string painting

String painting is a simple art experience that  encourages children to explore and create with a different kind of media and to experiement with line, shape and design.  

All you need is:

::: a length of wool or string
::: tempera paint in a plate or shallow dish
::: paper

We attached the string to a peg to make it easier for the children to hold without getting too covered in paint.

I think the effect with black paint on white paper is quite striking.

But using different colours works beautifully too, and adds another element to the experimentation.

If you enjoyed this, you might also enjoy super sized string painting.


  1. I love string painting.

    An adaptation: Before painting fold the paper in half, make a crease, and unfold. Guide child to paint/arrange string on one half of the paper; fold the paper on top of string; pull out the string and open the paper. Makes cool symmetrical designs.

    String painting is great!

  2. http://waddleeahchaa.com/
    The best part about string painting is watching the expressions on the children's faces as they are painting. It is priceless! I was recently observing in a preschool class where this activity was going on and the control and concentration each child had was amazing. Fun activity. Thanks for visiting us at waddleeahchaa.com and for this wonderful post on string painting. :) Joyce

  3. This is a great art project on so many levels.

  4. Lovely, and using a peg is a great idea. We have done it without, but the peg could make it 'cleaner' for those 3 years olds who are going through a clean phase right now - sigh!

  5. My kids LOVE to paint. We will be doing this next - and using a clothespin is such a great idea!

  6. Ok, so you needed to see my butterflies and I needed to see THIS! I left Princess insisde with some paint and some wool and came back to find her COVERED in black paint. The Peg!! That is what I needed! Actually, I don't even know if I have a peg .....

  7. I love your idea of using a peg to hold the string! It's been nearly two years since we did this last (without the peg) - thanks for the reminder!

  8. Thanks for the idea...this is what we did for our morning project today! We'll post a blog about it soon!

  9. This activity is always a winner Jenny ... AND SCOTT ... I was going to suggest exactly what you suggested ... spooky!
    Donna :) :)

  10. Donna, great minds think alike! Or at least childish ones do. :)

  11. I used a paperclip instead of a clip and it worked great! Also, I add a little water to the paint to make it thinner and easier for paint to get on the paper and string. Thanks for the awesome idea! My SPED class loved this today!