Beat the Heat at the DMA

The temperature is rising outside, but here at the Dallas Museum of Art, we are keeping things nice and cool. And it’s not just our fabulous air conditioning (although I highly recommend that too)! One of my favorite things to do these days is wander through the exhibition Coastlines: Images of Land and Sea. It offers up the chance to gaze out at the ocean without the hassle of a road trip or plane ticket. Thanks to the soundscapes that accompany the exhibit, you can even close your eyes and hear the sounds of waves crashing on the beach, gulls flying overhead, and the occasional bell ringing in the distance. (To get a behind-the-scenes look at how the soundscapes were created, check out this post on the DMA Educator Blog).

Visiting Coastlines with my summer camp kids has been a highlight of the past few weeks. The kids love trying to hear all the different sounds, and have found inspiration for their art work. One of my favorite projects was inspired by the painting Ocean Park Number 113 by Ricahrd Diebenkorn. The project itself is amazingly simple and offers up beautiful results. Here’s the How To…


  • Art tissue paper in a variety of colors
  • Soft-bristled paintbrush
  • Water
  • Watercolor paper

Tear pieces of tissue paper and arrange them however you like on the watercolor paper—layering is good! “Paint” the water right over the tissue paper, allowing the tissue paper to get nice and wet. As the tissue paper soaks up the water, the colors will begin to stain the watercolor paper. Let your project dry. When you peel the tissue paper away, you’ll see interesting lines, crinkles, and wrinkles, as well as some fantastic color-mixing.

Painting with water


Beautiful results!

Posted by: Leah



Filed under 6 to 12 year olds, Art Projects, PreK

4 responses to “Beat the Heat at the DMA

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  2. Amelia Wiggins

    What beautiful paintings! What brand of tissue paper did you use? I would love to try this with our prekindergarten students.

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