Smudge painting on the easel

A fun way to create new interest in the easel is by offering different processes.  Our latest offering was smudge painting on the easel…

Smudge painting on the easel by Teach Preschool

Set up for this art activity is relatively simple.  The children just need markers, paint brushes, and water.  We added a few paper towels directly under the easel to contain any drips.  Though our children explored this process at the easel, it could easily be done at a table, as well…

Smudge painting on the easel by Teach Preschool

Children begin by drawing a picture with the markers…

Smudge painting on the easel by Teach Preschool

After they finish drawing with the marker, they then paint over their picture with water…

Smudge painting on the easel by Teach Preschool

The color from the marker bleeds when wet, creating smudge painting…

Smudge painting on the easel by Teach Preschool

The children continue to alternate between drawing with markers and painting over it with water until their artwork is complete…

Smudge painting on the easel by Teach Preschool

This fun, relatively mess-free process is a great way to spark new interest in the easel!

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By |2013-03-15T06:00:49+00:00March 15th, 2013|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. barara smith March 15, 2013 at 7:24 am - Reply

    Great art and fine motor ideas. I have the friendly suggestion of using a shorter brush and placing a sticker on the marker to show where to grasp – about an inch above the point 🙂

  2. Cathie March 15, 2013 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Looks like another fun creative art experience.


  3. Karina March 15, 2013 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    I always appreciate receiving these posts. They give me great ideas of things to do with my girls and this one delivers on the fun and educational. Thank you.


  4. Joan P March 16, 2013 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Great idea that could also be used at the table as well. I like that every child can be successful with this project. And what fun to see the end result.

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