It’s a tranquil and sunny Friday afternoon at East West Child Care and Kindergarten, Fitzroy. Tucked behind the hum of the city streets, this tiny oasis is brimming with creativity. Today the kindergarten children are abuzz as they prepare for one of their favourite activities: Dance Painting.
What is Dance Painting? It’s a cooperative form of action painting performed to music. Action painting is the energetic, gestural style of mark-making made famous by mid-twentieth century artists such as, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Characteristic to both action painting and Dance Painting is the physical act of painting is an essential part of the finished work. At East West the children groove to the music while they paint. Their brushstrokes are intuitive and expressive in response to the music, and each other.