Toddler-Friendly Expressionist Painting

image source: lily glass
picture origin: lily glass

Line is the most fundamental of type — the launch of every bigger contour. It is the first mark we know how to create with a pen, while it’s curved, zigzagged, or broken. Over the years we are taught how to produce straight lines and unite them together to make bigger, recognizable types.

I studied art in school where we spent plenty of time attempting to “unlearn” the ideal line —  just how to give up restriction and tap to the innocent type and flow we thus readily attained when we were young.

Among my husband and mine’s favorite musicians is that the abstract expressionist painter Franz Kline — his monochromatic paintings offer you lively and fluid brushstrokes to a big scale. Like his contemporaries, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, Kline entailed his whole body in his job as opposed to restricting the movement to his wrist and hand — this system became called “action painting” (and is still appreciated by a lot of toddler around the world).

Picture resource: Lily Glass

So prior to my little woman perfects her squares and rectangles, I wished to attempt to conserve a comparable fluid movement on a big scale. And also to promote whole utilization of her own body, I attached the paintbrush into a very long dowel rod. This took her to stand and bend from the waist and also to walk round the poster board, permitting her to make larger lines and moves.

Image source: Lily Glass
Picture resource: Lily Glass

Having never painted on that scale until she was giggling through the entire thing. I allow her paint each side of the poster board — one using the bigger paintbrush attached to the dowel rod and the next with the smaller brush in her hand.

We have hung the painting in our bedroom and also you may see her face light up with pride if she sees it. When I asked Ruth what she believed about the procedure she replied: “I enjoy painting out! However, I really don’t like the rod. I enjoy the paintbrush in my hands. And that I love to color the entire paper.” Maybe impressionism is following in the program, then.

Image source: Lily Glass
Picture resource: Lily Glass


  • Substantial buffer coating (Could use a shower curtain, brown paper bags, etc.).) We taped a couple of old poster boards into the cement to grab the paint.)  
  • Big poster board for oil paint (found close to the water color paper)
  • Tape
  • 2  big paintbrushes (2-3″ and 1-2″)
  • Dowel pole (at least 1/4″ thick)
  • Paint tray
  • Black acrylic paint

*Why allow the kiddos have all of the fun? Grab an excess poster board on your own and find out how it seems to paint to your entire arm. Permit yourself to make for producing’s sake — no constraints, no ideal way, or incorrect manner.  


  1. Safe a backdrop to capture wild paint.
  2. Tape every corner of the poster board into the background.  
  3. Tape the bigger paintbrush towards the conclusion of the dowel rod.  
  4. Fill out the tray with black paint and allow your kiddo go insane.
  5. Let them paint each side of the poster board.   After this aspect is dry, turn it around and have them use the  more compact brush in their hand.
  6. Sign, date, and proudly display.

Notice: if they are having difficulty knowing where to begin, prompt them with “Would you create a line from 1 edge of the newspaper into another?”  

Picture origin: Lily Glass

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Toddler-Friendly Expressionist Painting