For a minimalist, Eva Hesse-inspired project for the kids, I decided on a mono print project. It's simple, it's fun, and both boys were pleased with the results. Before we began, I showed them some examples of Eva Hesse's drawings and paintings, told them about minimalism, organic shapes, and how Eva Hesse loved change and disintegration. Sure, some of these ideas are quite complex, but they listened intently and it's often surprising what they remember. Try it!
Step 1: A plain, white piece of paper for each of them plus a smock. I use old men's undershirts with a clip in the back.
Step 2: Use washable tempera paint. Limit the colors. I only used black and white.
Step 3: Pour some of the paint, just one color at a time.
Step 4: Let them go at it with their hands.
Eamon clearly enjoyed it!
Step 5: Introduce the next color.
Step 6: Let 'em at it!
Step 7: Take another piece of clean, white paper and put it on top of the painted paper. Press with hands and then separate papers carefully.
Here are their results!