Category Archives: Finger Painting

Finger Painting in 7th and 8th

This is what finger painting looks like.  A bit messy, but a necessary process in learning to paint.

I was surprised to learn that most of my older students had not finger painted and what they really wanted to do was to paint.  Sounds good to me!  If I had to justify the painting experience from an ODE perspective I might quote:

Manipulate materials, tools and technology in conventional and unconventional ways to create a work of art.

Select, organize and manipulate skills, elements and techniques appropriate to the art form when making art.

Demonstrate increased technical skill and craftsmanship by using more complex
processes and materials to design and create two- and three-dimensional artworks.

But really, I think kids should paint, if for no other reason than joy.

And what a joy it is!

The other things we were discussing mono printing.  All of the finger painting was done on a piece of plexiglass and then a print was pulled.

A shot before the print was pulled.

A work in progress.  I didn’t really want students to be doing Halloween imagery, but it is October, and that’s what they gravitated towards when selecting imagery.

Swirling paint around, trying to get just the right shade.

It’s all about the love….She mixed up red and white to get a nice shade of pink and then went for heart imagery.

She is taking it home to her Mom.  I’m sure it was well received.

A good looking pumpkin made with the technique of mono printing.

A group shot of some nice work.

A close up of a pumpkin, another mono print.

I don’t know what he was trying to accomplish, but he seemed pleased.

A good time was had by all.







All of the above is done in the art room, at Believe to Achieve Academy in Canton, Ohio.  The principal is Ms. L. Henry, the art teacher is Mr. Tayse.



It’s always smiles when you finger paint!

On the surface it looks like I’m finger painting.  To the students, I certainly am.  They are very happy about the idea of smearing paint around with their hands.  The procedure breaks down like this:

All kids are at their seats working on a design project.  They are tracing various shapes all over their paper.

By virtue of the fact that they are k-2, they are generally making a random design.

On the board I’ve posted a random(all over the place) and an orderly design(in nice, neat rows)design made from similar shapes.

They will continue working on the random and hopefully, in a day or so, orderly design, because they want to finger paint in a big way.  If they don’t do the assignment: no finger painting.   Great motivation, and, what I’m really trying to teach is the concept of orderly and random and that following directions and doing the assignment brings rewards.

So if you walk in,  you see finger painting, but I’m really teaching some concepts/ vocabulary words and  using  positive reinforcement for classroom behavior.

The video below is how I finger paint with the young ones.  I generally have them smear the paint on a piece of plastic(here it’s a piece of discarded suspended ceiling light fixture plastic) and then lay the paper on the smeared paint and then pull a print.  It’s a fairly neat way of finger painting.  I also tell them to use their hand like a claw, not laying their hand completely flat, because that way just the finger tips get paint on them and it’s easy to clean.  I use yellow paint for the same reason, it’s easier to clean.

In the above vid,  I’m working in another teacher’s room, hence the bucket with a rag in it to clean up. It’s difficult to see the finger painting because I used yellow paint, but since I was in somebody’s room, with no sink, I used yellow because it’s easy to clean and usually does not stain.

He looks a bit puzzled, but I’m sure he liked it.

Another happy customer!

This is in my room(cabinets, lots of materials, and a working sink-mucho thanks to all admin staff!) with some finger paintings hanging up to  dry.

After the students have done it with assistance, I pair them up and they do it by themselves.  Some figure it out better than others.   These two did ok.  You can never quite predict the results.  I certainly did not predict or plan for the soap dispenser to take a tumble and dump liquid soap allover the floor.  They both pitched right in, with no complaining, and cleaned it up!  They both commented, in a concerned fashion, by showing me the paper towels they used, that my floor was a bit dirty.

Another pair smearing the paint around….

Pulling the paper up…

He seems more excited about the orange finger tips than the actual work.

Another pair getting ready.

And the finished result.


All of the above is done in the art room, at Believe to Achieve Academy in Canton, Ohio.  The principal is Ms. L. Henry and  the art teacher is Mr. Tayse.