I’m Fiona and I run ARTventurers, providing art and craft classes and events for kids of all ages in the north east of England. We try to get kids involved in creative activities from an early age. We also run Little ARTventurers toddler art classes where children as young as 18 months can explore and create with lots of different materials and techniques.
Recently, at one of the Little ARTventurers classes, we were inspired by Damien Hirst’s colourful spin paintings to create our own spin pictures using salad spinners. It was a great hit with all of the kids, loads of smiles, “oooh”s and giggles! This is how we did it…..
* a salad spinner (if yours has drainage holes in the bottom you’ll need to put it on a tray or plate to catch any drips!)
* some card or paper cut into circles to fit inside the salad spinner (or a paper plate if it fits)
* some runny coloured paint – we used readymix paint and watered it down a little bit
* a teaspoon
* Place the paper/card circle inside the salad spinner – you might want to fix it down with a piece of blu-tac
* Use the spoon to put some blobs of runny paint on the paper/card – it works best if you can try and put the blobs at the centre of the circle
* Put the lid on your salad spinner and spin away!
* Take the lid off to reveal your spin painting.
Try adding different colours and spinning again? Or add sparkle by sprinkling glitter?
We used spring colours for our spin paintings as part of a “Spring” themed session – it’s a great experiment in colour mixing too – enjoy!