Video showing some of the science behind this project. We cover this in more detail during our in-person program. It's still a very cool video though!


Creating art using science...

Create some amazing and frame-worthy art using some basic science principals like fluid density, viscosity & gravity. When combined with some colour theory from the visual arts curriculum as well as some simple tools from the workshop, kids will create a beautiful 8x10 wood-backed masterpiece.

We begin the program with a refresher on colour theory and a demonstration of fluid density using oil & water. We show kids how the process works, what to consider when picking their colours and then equip them with smocks, gloves and glasses. Working in small groups we create results like those you see above, answering questions and sharing in the excitement as we go.

Paintings take 24 hours to dry and cannot be moved while drying. Canvases fit into standard 8x10 picture frames from the dollar store and make fantastic gifts for holidays like Mother's Day and Father's Day.

Tinker Truck supplies all table & floor coverings, smocks, gloves and glasses to the participants. We do however, suggest that kids attend school that day in their "best garden work" clothes :). 

Prices begin at $249/group

NOTE: This program is also available as an adult class with a 16x12 canvas and use of a wider range of materials as mixing agents. Fantastic as a "Beer and Painting" session at a restaurant, or a parents-night-out program when coupled with an evening care program. Please Contact Us for details.

Ontario Curriculum Intersections:

This program can be adapted to emphasize or demonstrate learning objectives in the following broad categories:

  1. Visual Arts
    • Primary, Secondary and Tertiary colours (and additive mixing theory)
    • Analogous & Adjacent colours, Warm vs Cool, Moods
    • Complimentary colours
  2. Science & Engineering
    • How gravity affects both contained and uncontained fluids
    • How fluids of different density inherently layer like oil and water
    • How different types of fluids respond to heat while wet
    • Solutions
  3. Mathematics
    • Ratios are used in mixing paint viscosity and colours
    • Geometry is used in describing areas of the canvas (center, corner, quadrant)
    • For older grades we can discuss the Golden Ratio for composition
    • Angles are used in describing how to tip and rotate the canvas to make the paint flow
  4. Language
    • Participants often see images in randomness (Pareidolia) which can be used to tell stories
    • Participants are often excited to tell caregivers how they made the paintings so an experience re-tell exercise reinforces the process and the vocabulary of the science.