A fun, colourful workshop that uses bright inks, runny poster paint or even strong coffee to make your very own abstract art.
This one can be a bit messy, so make sure you’ve laid down newspapers and are wearing an apron!
This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting.
Who is this for?
This is a workshop for people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities and can be enjoyed by anyone.
Why does this make a difference?
This is a sensory activity that helps people use their senses to connect with their surroundings, while supporting independent choice and self-expression through creativity and art.
What happens in the video?
Set up a space to make art and cover the desk with newspaper as this can get messy. You might want to wear an old t-shirt or apron.
Collect your materials – you’ll need something plain to paint onto, like paper, card, or even the back of a cereal box. You’ll also need a straw, a paintbrush, and something to use as paint, like ink, diluted poster paint, food colouring, or even very strong coffee (that’s been left to cool).
Using the paintbrush, dribble a few puddles of different coloured paints on different parts of the paper. Then, use the straw to carefully blow the paint across the page creating a textured, abstract picture.
This activity was created by the artist Alex McEwan