What happens when string painting meets music? Let children find freedom in “moving to the music” as they paint and stamp with household items. This a messy, fun way to experience Action painting.



  1. Set up supplies ahead of time:

  • Large white paper or roll of paper

  • paper bowls or plates (for paint)

  • washable paint

  • paper towel or toilet paper rolls (for stampers)

  • string/yarn cut into long pieces (for string painting)

  • Elmer’s glue 

  • Pack of wipes (for clean up)

  • 2 songs/types of music – slow (e.g., Debussy) & fast (e.g., Vivaldi)

2. Invite your children to mix their own colors in the paint bowls first.

3. Turn on the music. Start slow:) with Debussy as they acquaint themselves with the string and stampers. Ask them: Can you make your strings dance? Tip: use the stampers to press/submerge the string in the paint bowl if your child doesn’t want to use their fingers). 

4. After several minutes, switch to Vivaldi (fast, lively music). Enjoy watching your children in action!

Tip: if your child wants to include the supplies in the artwork itself like Jackson Pollock did (see picture below), mix glue into the paint or add glue at the end. 

5. You can ask if they would like to Title/Name their work. This may give some insight into their feelings/meaning before you start Clean-up!

the war

ADDED ENRICHMENT: Share Jackson Pollock action painting with them!

See Full Fathom Five, Jackson Pollock 1947. MoMA. Pollock dropped his paint tube cap, nails, coins, keys & more into his art as he painted (as shown in close-up). Listen to the book Action Jackson by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan (best for children 7+).