Art Outside with RedLine Art Gallery
Last week we took the girls by RedLine Art Gallery in Denver to do a little outdoor art! They invited us for a kids afternoon of art filled with sidewalk chalk mural making, markers and large paper, and the headliner was paint filled water balloons to splatter white tee shirts with! That sounded like FUN! We have taken children's art classes at RedLine Art Gallery in the past, see Remy's first photography class here, and also here when she learned about art installation, so we were familiar and comfortable with the art gallery, which is exactly their mission with the community and goals in getting children excited and engaged with art at an early age.
We decided to pack the girls' splash pad gear in case they might be up for a little cool off afterwards, which they were. Momma knows! We got there a little late and sadly missed out on the story time they had on the porch, they always like to start a children's art class with a modern children's book related to art, but we jumped right into the art/mess making.
Unfortunately the bubbles the instructor had were not "bubbly" enough for what she had in mind with one part of the project, but that was okay by us as we are still a bit young for the straw aspect of not sucking up the liquid inside, just blowing out. The instructor had a huge white sheet out and buckets of watercolored paint inside balloons for the kids to toss and splash onto the large white sheet she was using as a canvas. I don't think that part of the art making worked out as intended either as the water inside the balloons was TOO watery and didn't have enough pigment from the paint, so it was just one giant wet, purple sheet by the end of it. That's okay! The kiddos added some splatters of color afterwards with the bottles of paint by squeezing directly onto the saturated sheet. The balloons were tough and didn't break easily enough against the ground and the kids ended up chasing them around and stomping on them- SO FUN TO WATCH! Remy got clever and tried poking them with a toothpick the instructor gave her. It was entertaining for husband and I for sure!
By the time we got around to decorating the white tee shirts, something they advertised and something I thought we should have started with, it was so incredibly hot and the girls sort of lost interest. They wandered past the sidewalk chalk but didn't really want to get down and into it, just too hot out there on the asphalt. Remy went for the markers and giant paper though! She LOVES markers! At one point Arlo meandered back to the tee shirts. I helped her dip her brush in some paint and I was guiding her through the activity with verbal instruction which she followed extremely well until I called over to her, "Arlo, paint your shirt!" And quite literally, she swiped a blob of green paint all over HERSELF! That was pretty cute I have to admit! We never wear anything too precious for art classes, and luckily I have a good soaking session with Oxi Clean practically daily.
The art gallery did provide complimentary snacks and water for everyone too. I thought it was such a great idea and so generous of them to put on a cute summertime event for kiddos, which is hard to find, just wished they had done it earlier in the day before things got too hot, and perhaps added a tent or something for shade. But, hey, this was fun and we THANK YOU guys at RedLine Art Gallery for thinking of us! The girls had a great time! Anytime i can take the girls somewhere else to get messy and artsy/craftsy is alright by me because I don't have the patience and cool to do it at home with two toddlers.
After the art, we headed downtown to the splash pad at Denver's Union Station- our favorite place, and husband's too! We polished off the afternoon with sugar cones and baby scoops of ice cream, chocolate for Remy and strawberry for Arlo, at MilkBox Ice Creamery! That was a fun day!
Both girls are wearing vintage dresses from my Etsy shop Rolypolyz. :)