Whilst sorting out some rubbish I found a tiny pink bottle top nib with a small hole in it. I was about to discard it when I thought, hmmm…. I bet I could use that for something! Fast forward a few months and we have just completed a project that created some amazing pictures using that little lid.
I had the idea of sticking the nib to an old lemonade plastic bottle which I had cut the base off. Using a hole punch, I put 4 holes equally around the cut edge of the plastic bottle and attached four equal lengths of fishing line (double thickness). These were then hooked onto a paperclip that I had bent into a figure of eight. From a sturdy pipe attached to the ceiling I tied a length of string and on the end of that a sturdy rubber band.
The paperclip with the new paint receptacle hanging from it, was attached to the rubber band and hey presto the paint ‘Swing-O-Meter’ was born.
The students painted pieces of cardboard with white poster paint for their canvases. The large cardboard circle was left in it’s natural manilla colour.
I moved two tables underneath the paint ‘Swing-O-Meter’ and covered them with a waterproof tablecloth and newspaper. I mixed water based paints to a single cream consistency. With the young artists taking turns, we poured a little paint into the paint ‘Swing-O-Meter’ making sure we had a finger on the nib to stop the paint escaping. Once the young artist was ready, they let the paint ‘Swing-O-Meter’ go, watching gravity and centrifugal force do the hard work. At times the children changed the direction of the vessel and at other times they swung it with so much gusto that some of us were splattered. The children were very excited by it all and they loved the patterns being created, this project really did have the WOW factor.
At the very end of the lesson the table was covered with lots of paint dribble, it was only fair that the children played with mixed up leftovers. I think they enjoyed this bit more! Hands and arms were smothered in Shrek coloured green/brown paint, newspaper was mushed up to a slimy pulp all accompanied with shrieks of laughter …..pure magic!
The paintings dried overnight and looked fantastic on display.