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By this age, participants' schools have usually put away the painting trays. Bring them out and let the children try it again! Try using paintbrushes and tempera, or finger paints and allow participants time for exploring movement using the paint instead of concentrating on a finished product. Invite participants to lay paint any way they want to directly on their individual trays, and improvise and change their designs easily, responding to the music.
If someone wants to keep a design, lay a piece of paper on top on the paint on the tray to print the design — a monoprint. Or, encourage children to simply wipe away their designs and make new ones.
Gather the group at worktables. Invite participants to work in their individual trays, using their hands to manipulate and move the paint to make designs that express the mood of the music, or their own mood. Encourage them to flow with the music and not worry too much about a finished product. Try several pieces of music which evoke different moods.
Leave time for participants to clean up. Rinse the trays of paint and wipe up spills on the table or floor with sponges and buckets of water. Roll up and discard the newspapers.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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