Painting with Cleaning Tools – Art & Play

In July we launched a new program: “Art & Play” for children ages 2-6.  One Monday morning each month, we’ll focus on a process-based art project.  With process art, the fun is all in the doing, and you happen to end up with an art piece at the end!

For July, we focused on painting with unusual tools — all things used for cleaning!


We had dish scrubbers, sponges, toilet bowl scrubbers, toothbrushes, mop strings.  We also used some painting sponges, but since those are made from a cleaning material, we figured that counted.

We used tempera paints, so everything was washable and non-toxic.

We covered our Studio on 4th in tarps, and let the artists paint however they wanted to using the materials on hand.



Some were inventive and preferred to paint using their own bodies rather than the cleaning tools.

We got really messy, but it was all in good fun!

At the end, all enjoyed themselves, had fun with art, and there were some really beautiful masterpieces that had been created!

Please join us for our next Art & Play for ages 2-6 on Monday, August 28, 2017 at 10:30 at the Studio on 4th at Pasadena Central Library!

Jennifer Driscoll

Jennifer D. is a Senior Librarian at the Lamanda Park and San Rafael Branches of Pasadena Library. When she was young, she was once grounded for reading too much. Things haven’t changed much since then and she loves escaping into a good story. When she’s not reading she enjoys watching old musicals, scouring flea markets, taking way too many photos and letterpressing. If she could have any pet she wanted she would have a wombat or a manatee.

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