Friday, October 11, 2013

4Cats Splatter Party

Jackson Pollock feet during a 4Cats Splatter Party
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you might have noticed some photos of my feet covered in paint, or perhaps seen me making strange faces with a dishrag on my head. Let me explain... :)

A few Saturdays ago, I got the chance to participate in a 4Cats Splatter Party with some of my blogger friends, as part of a Parent Bloggers Unite (look for #PBUYVR on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram to see what we all got up to). I brought the entire family along to the Capitol Hill location: Brontë slept through the entire thing, Oliver watched & Linnaeus unfortunately refused to participate with me.

A 4Cats Splatter Party is pretty much what it sounds like--a fun get together where you splatter paint. It's one of the many kinds of classes offered by 4Cats, full of age-appropriate artist information & hands-on techniques so participants can make art inspired by the artist focussed on during the class.

Working on the communal canvas
We painted our own individual canvases with various techniques, just like Jackson Pollock, led by our intrepid 4Cats curator Maggie. Wearing the provided old shirts as smocks, plus cloths on our heads, we actually stayed cleaner than I expected. My feet took the brunt of the paint, as you can see*. After working on our own little canvases in the splatter room, we joined forces to create a large canvas together with techniques like squirting paint from syringes & popping water balloons with paint inside.

Though my son didn't want to participate, the other kids had fun splattering paint everywhere & getting it all over themselves. From 18 months old to adults, a splatter party is a fun way to celebrate a birthday or other occasion. 4Cats has locations all over Canada, the USA, Australia & Mexico--there's probably one near you!

For more info on 4Cats Splatter Parties or other workshops, visit their website, or follow 4Cats Capitol Hill on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

*I'd also like to mention that I did get paint on my jeans, but it washed out completely. I wouldn't wear new, light-coloured clothing to a splatter party, but if you get some on you, it won't likely be permanent.

Here's a short video that gives you an idea of what the workshop was like, shot by Noel Blain Videography:

Disclaimer: I was given a free workshop by 4Cats but was not otherwise compensated for this post. Thanks also to Cob's Bread Kensington Square for supplying after-painting goodies, Be Coconut water for keeping us hydrated. The East Cafe for prizes, plus Eschelle of Mumfection & Ricky of DaddyBlogger for organizing the whole event.

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