Process Art Kids

Creating magical, messy, open-ended play experiences with process-based art and sensory activities. In our increasingly over-scheduled and oftentimes hurried world, where direct instruction reigns supreme, and children are oftentimes expected to transition from one activity to the next far too frequently, we believe that safeguarding childhood can be summed up with a simple motto to live by, “Let them be little.”

It’s our belief that tots and young children alike need more opportunities for free, unstructured, open-ended play and exploration through rich art, outdoor play, nature, and science experiences.

Operating as usual

11/04/2021

Making each leaf even more utterly unique with @weareooly watercolor gel crayons. I’ve seen this done with chalk markers too. Happy Fall y’all! #leafart #fallart #fallprocessart #natureart #foundobjectart

Making each leaf even more utterly unique with @weareooly watercolor gel crayons. I’ve seen this done with chalk markers too. Happy Fall y’all! #leafart #fallart #fallprocessart #natureart #foundobjectart

10/31/2021

What’s your Halloween tradition? Our favorite is the Halloween door. Always homemade, always greatly anticipated. This year it’s a rainbow 🌈 spider web! Happy Halloween 🎃 #halloweendecor #diyhalloween #halloweendoor #halloweendoordecor #rainbowhalloween #colorfulhalloween

What’s your Halloween tradition? Our favorite is the Halloween door. Always homemade, always greatly anticipated. This year it’s a rainbow 🌈 spider web! Happy Halloween 🎃 #halloweendecor #diyhalloween #halloweendoor #halloweendoordecor #rainbowhalloween #colorfulhalloween

10/30/2021

Our finished skeletons make a colorful addition to our Halloween mantle. Last year’s rainbow 🌈 pumpkin wreath might stay on display until Christmas because I’m still in love with it! #rainbowpumpkin #rainbowpumpkins #rainbowhalloween #skeleton #rainbowskeleton #diyhalloween #diyhalloweendecorations

Our finished skeletons make a colorful addition to our Halloween mantle. Last year’s rainbow 🌈 pumpkin wreath might stay on display until Christmas because I’m still in love with it! #rainbowpumpkin #rainbowpumpkins #rainbowhalloween #skeleton #rainbowskeleton #diyhalloween #diyhalloweendecorations

It's now easier to send Process Art Kids a message. 10/30/2021

It's now easier to send Process Art Kids a message.

It's now easier to send Process Art Kids a message.

It's now easier to send Process Art Kids a message. 10/30/2021

It's now easier to send Process Art Kids a message.

It's now easier to send Process Art Kids a message.

It's now easier to send Process Art Kids a message. 10/30/2021

It's now easier to send Process Art Kids a message.

It's now easier to send Process Art Kids a message.

It's now easier to send Process Art Kids a message. 10/30/2021

It's now easier to send Process Art Kids a message.

It's now easier to send Process Art Kids a message.

It's now easier to send Process Art Kids a message. 10/30/2021

It's now easier to send Process Art Kids a message.

It's now easier to send Process Art Kids a message.

It's now easier to send Process Art Kids a message. 10/30/2021

It's now easier to send Process Art Kids a message.

It's now easier to send Process Art Kids a message.

It's now easier to send Process Art Kids a message. 10/30/2021

It's now easier to send Process Art Kids a message.

It's now easier to send Process Art Kids a message.

10/29/2021

Loose parts plus play dough is open ended fun. Googly eyes and straws make spiders, add bones jewels and spiders for extra fun #halloweenplaydough #halloweenlooseparts #halloweenfun #halloweenkids #halloweensensoryplay

Loose parts plus play dough is open ended fun. Googly eyes and straws make spiders, add bones jewels and spiders for extra fun #halloweenplaydough #halloweenlooseparts #halloweenfun #halloweenkids #halloweensensoryplay

10/28/2021

Pumpkin 🎃 pounding. It’s just not Halloween without it! Colored golf tees, pumpkin, kids metal hammer or wooden mallet and safety goggles: Go! #pumpkin #halloweenkids #halloween #halloweensensoryplay

Pumpkin 🎃 pounding. It’s just not Halloween without it! Colored golf tees, pumpkin, kids metal hammer or wooden mallet and safety goggles: Go! #pumpkin #halloweenkids #halloween #halloweensensoryplay

Photos from Process Art Kids's post 10/27/2021

Countdown to Halloween and making our way through some favorites like this creepy crawly rainbow 🌈 spaghetti play. #halloweensensoryplay #halloweenkids

10/25/2021

Have muffins? Just add eyes 👀 spooky breakfast fun. We might have an eye ball obsession, they seem to be creeping into our activities a lot. These double chocolate chip muffins from @sallysbakeblog were better than cupcakes. A spook-tastic breakfast. #halloweenbaking #halloweenbreakfast #halloweenkids #halloweenkidsparty #halloweeneyes

Have muffins? Just add eyes 👀 spooky breakfast fun. We might have an eye ball obsession, they seem to be creeping into our activities a lot. These double chocolate chip muffins from @sallysbakeblog were better than cupcakes. A spook-tastic breakfast. #halloweenbaking #halloweenbreakfast #halloweenkids #halloweenkidsparty #halloweeneyes

Photos from Process Art Kids's post 10/22/2021

Mystery rainbow 🌈 fizz potions. Crayola color bath dropz, baking soda and squeeze bottles of vinegar. These start off white so it’s fun to see the colors develop.

Photos from Process Art Kids's post 10/21/2021

What happens when you set up a Halloween shaving cream invitation to play? Scroll to find out! Shaving cream, it’s the most undervalued sensory material EVER. It’s a winner every time. #shavingcreamsensoryplay #halloweensensoryplay #halloweensensorytable #shavingcreamplay

10/20/2021

Double, double, toil and trouble. A simple witches brew with @crayola color bath dropz. Just add eyes, cauldrons and skeleton spoons. #hallowensensoryplay #halloweensensorybin #halloweensensoryactivities #halloweenwitchesbrew

Double, double, toil and trouble. A simple witches brew with @crayola color bath dropz. Just add eyes, cauldrons and skeleton spoons. #hallowensensoryplay #halloweensensorybin #halloweensensoryactivities #halloweenwitchesbrew

10/19/2021

Blood sensory bin. Red blood cells 🩸 (Red water beads) white blood cells ( ping pong balls) platelets (purple sponge pieces) I was astonished at how long this one has kept them going. The sponges are especially interesting to my kids. Perfect spooky bin. Plus we’re talking about our bodies over @inquiryincolor #bloodsensorybin #halloweensensoryplay #halloweensensorybin #sensoryplaytolearn #sensoryplay

Blood sensory bin. Red blood cells 🩸 (Red water beads) white blood cells ( ping pong balls) platelets (purple sponge pieces) I was astonished at how long this one has kept them going. The sponges are especially interesting to my kids. Perfect spooky bin. Plus we’re talking about our bodies over @inquiryincolor #bloodsensorybin #halloweensensoryplay #halloweensensorybin #sensoryplaytolearn #sensoryplay

Photos from Process Art Kids's post 10/12/2021

Tape resist skeletons. Scroll for the colorful results. We’re talking about skeletons over @inquiryincolor which is rather a timely topic at Halloween time. This one was inspired by @theartfulparent We used large pieces of cardboard. I made the tape skeletons but older kids could make their own. We started with water color pallets but I found liquid water colors worked better, allowing the kids to cover more area and avoid overly watered down colors. Can’t wait to hang these in the house. I’ll share the final results once the tape is peeled off. #skeltonart #halloweenprocessart #diyhalloween #diyhalloweendecorations #kidshalloween #kidshalloweencrafts

Photos from Process Art Kids's post 10/08/2021

Rollers: Textured clay rollers, foam pattern rollers, rubber printmaking brayers- my son adores them all . As my resident action artist I think he likes the physicality of this painting method. After numerous requests to use our rollers I set up this simple painting invite. Rollers, paint, paper on easel. I’ve been curating more ideas to meet this roller need of his. But a classic approach seemed the best place to start. #rollerpaint #rollerpainting #textureroller #brayerpainting #kidsactionart #processartforkids #kidssensoryart

10/07/2021

Have you tried magic water painting paper? My son’s first, diplomatic response was, “Um, black’s not really my favorite color.” We certainly do a lot of colorful stuff so I suppose that black is simply not often found within our repertoire. But the kids were drawn in by the magic of water and the mark making potential. It’s very reminiscent of Japanese ink painting, only without the mess. That’s perhaps the coolest thing about it, the water makes luscious, drippy marks but with literally ZERO mess. I got a whole paper role of it from @kodokids but you can also find sheets of it on Amazon. #magicwater #magicwaterpainting #magicwaterpaint #inkdrawingkids #inkdrawing #messfreeart

Have you tried magic water painting paper? My son’s first, diplomatic response was, “Um, black’s not really my favorite color.” We certainly do a lot of colorful stuff so I suppose that black is simply not often found within our repertoire. But the kids were drawn in by the magic of water and the mark making potential. It’s very reminiscent of Japanese ink painting, only without the mess. That’s perhaps the coolest thing about it, the water makes luscious, drippy marks but with literally ZERO mess. I got a whole paper role of it from @kodokids but you can also find sheets of it on Amazon. #magicwater #magicwaterpainting #magicwaterpaint #inkdrawingkids #inkdrawing #messfreeart

Photos from Process Art Kids's post 10/05/2021

House painting. Okay, I’ve been wanting to do this one for awhile. As a part of our homeschool adventures over at @inquiryincolor we’ve been exploring how houses are made. So it seemed like the perfect time. We used our @antsypantsplay house frame from @target , draped an old sheet over it, and then sprayed it with liquid water colors. The kids had a blast with this, no patch of white was left unpainted! My son, ever the artist in motion, taught me that perhaps this is a project best attempted outdoors (I was on a ladder wiping spray off the ceiling). A quick lesson in taking aim helped but not alleviated the cyclone of spray. So, unless I want to wrap the entirety of the studio in a drop cloth, I’ll go al fresco with this one next time. #housepaintkidz #liquiswatercolor #colorations #colorationsliquidwatercolor #colorationsliquidwatercolorpaint #watercolorspraypainting #actionart #actionartkids

10/01/2021

Fall is upon us. We love making homemade leaf garlands with water colors. I used to laboriously cut up coffee filters before I found pre-cut leaves 🍁 at @lakeshorelearning the colorful results are always stunning. Can’t wait to hang them on display. #leafgarland #watercolorleaves #fallleavesdecor #fallartkids #fallprocessart #autumncelebration

Fall is upon us. We love making homemade leaf garlands with water colors. I used to laboriously cut up coffee filters before I found pre-cut leaves 🍁 at @lakeshorelearning the colorful results are always stunning. Can’t wait to hang them on display. #leafgarland #watercolorleaves #fallleavesdecor #fallartkids #fallprocessart #autumncelebration

Photos from Process Art Kids's post 09/30/2021

I’m seeing these pop fidget toys everywhere and with good reason. They’re like the bubble wrap that never expires! Love this jumbo rainbow 🌈 one. It’s amazing how concentrated kids are and just how long they can sit and pop these. #popfidgety #popsensory #popsensoryactivity

09/27/2021

Sometimes I create sensory bins and sometimes they create themselves through the items the kids gather and request. This rainbow 🌈 world was kid assembled. I simply supplied the parts and watched them create. #sensorybin #sensorybins #rainbowplay #rainbowsensoryplay #rainbowsensorybin #letthemcreate

Sometimes I create sensory bins and sometimes they create themselves through the items the kids gather and request. This rainbow 🌈 world was kid assembled. I simply supplied the parts and watched them create. #sensorybin #sensorybins #rainbowplay #rainbowsensoryplay #rainbowsensorybin #letthemcreate

09/24/2021

When I studied abroad in Florence, Italy 🇮🇹 I had the most amazing art professor I’d ever had or would come to have. That’s saying something because I started off at Rhode Island School of Design, and it’s highly regarded. But Italians live and breathe art. It’s simply in their DNA, it’s part of their culture, they feel it and experience it differently. Italy has long been synonymous with le arte, the arts. Indeed, It’s estimated that 60% of the wolds art resides in Italy alone. So, this amazing Florentine instructor of mine presented us, one day, with a live model. The model was to dance for us and my professor asked us to “feel” the movement through our charcoal sticks, through our drawings. This was a very different approach than the American one I’d known, with its emphasis on sketching and mastering techniques to translate those sketches into a finished work. This was feeling, cultivating artistic instincts, knowing our own approach and what made us unique as artists. In observing me she suggested I needed a drawing instrument in each hand and an eraser. It was such an astute observation. As a sculpture major I was carving the figure our of paper by adding and subtracting. Recently, as I watched my daughter (3.5) with a brush in each hand and her beloved purple paint I was reminded of this experience, some twenty years in my past now. As children we feel art, it is innate. I wonder now if this Italian instructor knew, that as adults, we need practice in retaining that ability to feel through our mark making. It’s an instinct which is sometimes ignored or shoved to the side in favor of mastering traditional techniques, of producing a perfect picture for the wall. When, sometimes we simply need to feel. As Picasso said, “Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” I think this is what he meant by this now famous quote of his. Art is about feeling. Let’s not forget that, our children haven’t. #childwonder #everychildisanartist #paintingkids #feelingartsy #feelingartist #feelingartistic #processpainting #expressiveart

When I studied abroad in Florence, Italy 🇮🇹 I had the most amazing art professor I’d ever had or would come to have. That’s saying something because I started off at Rhode Island School of Design, and it’s highly regarded. But Italians live and breathe art. It’s simply in their DNA, it’s part of their culture, they feel it and experience it differently. Italy has long been synonymous with le arte, the arts. Indeed, It’s estimated that 60% of the wolds art resides in Italy alone. So, this amazing Florentine instructor of mine presented us, one day, with a live model. The model was to dance for us and my professor asked us to “feel” the movement through our charcoal sticks, through our drawings. This was a very different approach than the American one I’d known, with its emphasis on sketching and mastering techniques to translate those sketches into a finished work. This was feeling, cultivating artistic instincts, knowing our own approach and what made us unique as artists. In observing me she suggested I needed a drawing instrument in each hand and an eraser. It was such an astute observation. As a sculpture major I was carving the figure our of paper by adding and subtracting. Recently, as I watched my daughter (3.5) with a brush in each hand and her beloved purple paint I was reminded of this experience, some twenty years in my past now. As children we feel art, it is innate. I wonder now if this Italian instructor knew, that as adults, we need practice in retaining that ability to feel through our mark making. It’s an instinct which is sometimes ignored or shoved to the side in favor of mastering traditional techniques, of producing a perfect picture for the wall. When, sometimes we simply need to feel. As Picasso said, “Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” I think this is what he meant by this now famous quote of his. Art is about feeling. Let’s not forget that, our children haven’t. #childwonder #everychildisanartist #paintingkids #feelingartsy #feelingartist #feelingartistic #processpainting #expressiveart

09/23/2021

I used to have a little, wooden, free-standing easel. I bought it because it seemed like an ubiquitous art studio standard. It was one side easel, one side chalkboard. But you know what? We NEVER used it. Why? Kids, especially mine, like to go big. They often use their whole bodies to paint and draw. They dance around even. So, the tiny easel was too restrictive. Now I have only large easels and this huge role of paper which we had in our previous space and are now enjoying in this new one. #kidseasel #artstudioeasel #kidspaint #kidspaintbig #messyart

I used to have a little, wooden, free-standing easel. I bought it because it seemed like an ubiquitous art studio standard. It was one side easel, one side chalkboard. But you know what? We NEVER used it. Why? Kids, especially mine, like to go big. They often use their whole bodies to paint and draw. They dance around even. So, the tiny easel was too restrictive. Now I have only large easels and this huge role of paper which we had in our previous space and are now enjoying in this new one. #kidseasel #artstudioeasel #kidspaint #kidspaintbig #messyart

09/22/2021

The inside of our backyard rainbow 🌈 art studio is coming together. My favorite part might be these pink floors! I originally planned to do a pink glitter epoxy over the top but it turns out that glitter floors are quite difficult to paint over, go figure! 😆 So, since this is a beloved, yet impermanent, space for us I settled on pink paint. I still love the pop affect, no glitter required. #artspace #kidsartspace #artstudio #artstudiospace #colorfulfloor #kidsartstudio

The inside of our backyard rainbow 🌈 art studio is coming together. My favorite part might be these pink floors! I originally planned to do a pink glitter epoxy over the top but it turns out that glitter floors are quite difficult to paint over, go figure! 😆 So, since this is a beloved, yet impermanent, space for us I settled on pink paint. I still love the pop affect, no glitter required. #artspace #kidsartspace #artstudio #artstudiospace #colorfulfloor #kidsartstudio

Why Process Art?

I’m willing to wager that process art is a different experience than anything you’ve encountered before. Has your child ever painted with trucks? Hurled rainbow spaghetti across the room or painted his/her own body, in addition to the easel, with shaving cream or paint? No? Why not?

At Process Art kids we provide these uninhibited opportunities for free play and exploration within the medium of art, sensory and oftentimes science. Best of all we provide a safe environment for your kids to explore and create monumental messes so you don’t have to.

Ready to learn more? Check out our website. We think you’ll love what you discover. When you’re ready to join in the fun of process art, sign up for an event. Come be a part of the exploration!

We’re a small business in it’s infancy. Mostly word of mouth and based out of the backyard of Rebecca LaRocco, creator of Process Art Kids. Come see what we do and watch us grow. It’s all still one big playdate so come join in the fun and meet other cool moms in the process!

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Thanks so much for following our journey and liking and sharing our page with your friends! Over 600 likes! I’m so glad ...
Damming up water and letting it flow at Process Art Kids
Endless fun with our new cascading water 💦 table. Our water play area just got WAY more awesome. I’ve been hunting for o...
Happy Memorial Day to everyone. Lots of water play fun today and homemade vanilla ice cream with rainbow sprinkles of co...
Excited about our latest sensory addition! Colorful liquid gel tiles. The vibrant colors swirl and move when you walk, j...
Paint splat was a lot of fun at Monday’s Splatter & Drip event. Look at these guys go!
Magical time at our Potion Party the other day.

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