Using hands or fingers can be an unconventional way to paint. Children can learn that art can be created in various ways using multiple methods. There is no correct method of creating art!
Colour blending is an art technique that can be taught through this activity

Learning about Blending

“During this activity, the blending of yellow, red and blue are used to create the base of the landscape sunset.” -HANA-

Through the blending of colors in the activity, children can be taught about the primary, secondary colors and color theory through a concrete art experience. Children will be able to physically see the colors being mixed and new colors being created as they engage in the activity.”   -HANA, JOANNA-


“It was a unique experience to directly feel the paper and the slimy paint under my fingers. During the activity, I struggled to create a dark brown colour. Towards the end, I was able to mix the colours appropriately which resulted in the shade that I wanted. I also learned how to use certain amounts of yellow paint in order to lighten the brown color.” -JESSY-

“I used swift back and forth motions to create large strokes in order to cover more area of the white space. I used my fingers to fill in space and layer on more color” -JOANNA

Creating a background using the finger painting method is one of the steps in this activity
Different motions of the hand can create different textures

An element of art that is prominent in these pieces are TEXTURE. Texture refers to how something feels or would feel. The movement and materials used to blend each of the colours for the background created a hazy and fuzzy texture. The dried acrylic also created a shiny and glossy texture. -HANA, JOANNA, JESSY-

Different tools can also be used to etch or paint the details of the landscape onto the background

When creating a painting, it would be useful to teach children to break down the procedure into several steps. This would allow children to plan how to use the entire paper and figure out colour combinations that would look cohesive and complimentary. Painting portraits, landscapes and various objects would be an effective way to teach children about the importance of the process approach. -JESSY-

Separating the activity into steps enables children to learn about the process of art, plan and re-plan what they intended to do. Participating in the steps of the activity allows for children to make their own decision, explore techniques, reflect on their experience and refine their ideas. -HANA-

Using a step-by-step process can make the art-making process less overwhelming for a child and result in a more composed, well-designed and ‘thought out’ work of art.               – JOANNA-

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Process art activity ideas 

National Association for the Education of Young Children: How Process Art Experiences Support Preschoolers Article

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