Art parties are joyously messy fun for both kids and parents, and the summer months are a fab chance to do a little en plein-air painting. Take your paintbrushes, sponges and mini Monet’s outside and watch the creativity craze begin. When your “starving artists” need snacks and treats—we’ve got those covered, too. Flip through for 11 ways to host an inspiring outdoor art party.

Kid-Sized Canvas

For super-size artistic expression (and mess), Katie of Katie's Pencil Box threw her son Sam a "Messy Paint Party" with a huge canvas. She set out metal paint cans and spray bottles filled with washable paint, then waited to see what happened... Water balloons and a slip n' slide added to the fun! Psst! Katie put swim goggles out too, in case kids wanted to use them. Find out how to create your own canvas over at Katie's Pencil Box.

photo: Katie Stratton via Katie's Pencil Box

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— Helen Walker Green