Creative Challenge: Drip Painting


  • Paint (washable paint is recommended)
  • Heavy Paper
  • Paint Brush
  • Small containers (if paint is too thick, can pour in to other container and add a little water)
  • Optional: other materials to paint on

Challenge Tips

  • Since this challenge gets a little messy, it is a great project to do outside!
  • Allow gravity to assist in this challenge – try working with your paper taped to a board or piece of cardboard propped up and use a paint brush to drip paint at the top of the paper and allow it to drip down. . 
  • Allow different colors of paint to blend together as they flow on your paper. 
  • Experiment with other surfaces to paint on, such as a terracotta flower pot (remember to get permission from an adult first though!)

Words to Know

Action Painting: A style of painting in which paint is spontaneously dribbled, splashed or smeared onto the canvas, rather than being carefully applied.

Abstract art: modern art which does not represent images of our everyday world. It has color, lines and shapes (form), but they are not intended to represent objects or living things.


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