Splashes and Splatters and Pitter Patter Painters

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Little girl sitting on the floor painting in a room with paint splattered walls Here's our Education Demonstrator Angelica Vanasse to tell you all about some little artists getting creative at the Walker recently: The John Moores Painting Prize 2012 provided us with heaps of inspiration for our fantastic family Splashes and Splatters painting workshops and our Pitter Patter Painters sessions for under 3s at the Walker Art Gallery. Coordinated by the Education Team at the Walker, our Rex Makin auditorium was re-vamped as a vibrant paint-filled hub of creativity with lots to see, make, and be inspired by – all focused on the painting process.   For Splashes and Splatters, we covered two huge canvases with stencilling and splattering in our Big Splash activity, and we re-worked found masterpieces in our Shapescapes workshop.  We made a collaborative patterned composition in Big Art for our Big Picture, and our Lambanana got a make-over as the ‘Blotter Banana’, inspired by Peter Doig’s JM18 winning painting.  The messiest (and possibly most exciting) activity on offer was Just Roll with It – which saw participants getting creative rolling paint covered objects across boldly coloured sheets of paper and squirting spray bottles filled with paint, definitely something that most people hadn't tried at home!  It was wonderful to see adults and children alike getting hands-on with paint, experimenting, and exploring all the possibilities while making some phenomenal artwork.  We asked participants what their favourite part of the day was on our bulletin board and we received some great responses – ‘all the colours & not knowing what the end product would look like!’, ‘my favourite was the messiest bit!’, ‘the freedom to express oneself’, ‘getting messy’ and ‘I want to live here’ just to mention a few. With Pitter Patter Painters, some very little artists joined us to get hands-on with painted pigeons, hand prints, painting and spraying onto the walls (covered with paper first of course!), and sensory-painting with paint-filled tubs and squishy, bouncy and textured objects to roll about and make a splash with. For some it was their first contact with paint, and lots of the parents enjoyed being able to get messy and creative in ways that aren’t easy to do at home. Participants were able to take away little painted handprints and brilliant painted pigeons (inspired by Patrick Murphy’s installation, Belonging, for the 2012 Liverpool Biennial at the Walker). Thanks to all who came along, got messy and helped make the weekend such a success!  We have lots of lovely images of the painting events, so make sure you take a peek at our Flickr set. If you haven’t seen the John Moores Painting Prize or the Liverpool Biennial artwork at the Walker yet, it’s well worth a visit to check it out and it may inspire you to make a masterpiece or two of your own. For the latest on events at the Walker, hop over to our what's on pages.