Saturday, May 23, 2009

Bubble Art - Paint With Bubbles

The air was filled with bubbles at our house yesterday - bubbles and paint! We decided to turn our usual warm weather bubble blowing session into an art lesson.

I filled six cups with about a cup or so of bubble solution. Then I added some water color paint. I took one of the kids old sets that was almost used up, and popped the paint disks out of it. I plopped the disks into the bubble solution alkeselzer style.

We carried them outside, very carefully, and then used them to blow bubbles at pieces of card stock. At first I tried holding the paper up, and having the kids blow bubbles at it. Then we discovered it was easier to lay the paper on the ground, and let the bubbles float down to it.

The kids enjoyed watching the seemingly clear bubbles pop, and leave a colored outline. It wasn't long before they figured out that double bubbles would leave a nice snowman type outline. They were also intrigued by the way the bubbles held the paint - it seemed to blob together at the bottom of the bubble.

Their resulting artwork might not be ready for the gallery, but they had a great afternoon of color mixing, and finding pictures in the ink blot type shapes that resulted. And while the kids were covered in paint - it was mixed with soap, so clean up wasn't too bad.

It's great to be a homeschooler!

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