User login

Painting a Picture with Air

Source Institutions

    Science Museum of Minnesota

Add to listGo to activity
Painting a Picture with Air

Create a painting by blowing air out of a straw. Push liquid acrylic paint around on some watercolor paper by aiming short bursts of air onto the paint puddle. See what happens when you use different colors, and add thicker or more watery paint. Then, scan or take a digital picture of your artwork and post it to the Air Blown Gallery.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • watercolor paper
  • tempera or acrylic paint (watered down)
  • a straw
  • strong set of lungs
  • watercolor paper
  • tempera or acrylic paint (watered down)
  • a straw
  • strong set of lungs


  • Physical Sciences
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Volume and Density
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, Science Museum of Minnesota, ©1995

Funding Sources:

  • Unisys
  • Science Learning Network
  • National Science Foundation


User Lists

This resource is part of these lists: