Our easel comes and goes; sometimes it takes up so much space, we tuck it away until it becomes "new" again. I put small ziploc sandwich bags in 125-mL Mason jars; these hold the paint, make clean up easy, and can be zipped for reuse when the painting's done.
With two of my nieces visiting for the week, there was some big art happening around here.
We had to make another round of these, as the originals were all given away and I wanted some for our walls!
Sometimes, when five cousins want to create together, the art gets bigger than originally planned:
It starts out with a green "warlock mountain" with electricity spewing from the top. This electricity traverses the volcano, and across the entire artwork of flowers, a snow scene, a portrait of Persephone, and Violet's "tomato". A request for clarification reveals that this is actually, a tornado. Jude's electricity manifests itself as arrows coming out of his character's head.
The painting goes on for over an hour, with polite requests to pass a particular colour, paper-turf wars, Violet protesting that the electricity went behind her volcano, compliments, and advice.
Great things happen when children are cut loose with paper, paint, and brushes. The bigger the paper and the more the kids, the better!