One of our student-run ministry teams is our Create ministry. Twice a month, the ministry has an “Open Studio” event, where all artists are invited to our church to work on their art and hang out with other artists. Sometimes the creative-types are hard to reach, so it is an awesome way for shy students or new students to get connected to our ministry.
I recently challenged Ashley (the student leader in charge of Create) to think outside the box and do something we have never done before. She came up to me with an cool idea inspired from a blog she saw, a paint slide!
It is exactly what you think it is; a Slip-n-Slide that uses paint instead of water! At the end of the slide was a 3 foot white sheet that had “You Are His Masterpiece” written on it in tape. The idea was for students to slide down and then paint on the sheet with their body. Some finger-painted, some walked on it, and some rolled on it. After the paint had dried, Ashley took the tape off and the piece looked incredible!
One of the best parts about it was that it was totally FREE (for us at least)! The slide was made from tarps that a student had laying around in their garage, the sheet used for the “You Are His Masterpiece” project was an old sheet in a student’s house, and the paint was brought by the students that came to the event ($2 Walmart paint). Quick note: Make sure to use washable/non-toxic paint so that you don’t kill your grass!
I had two big highlights from the event. First was seeing two of our lesser-known freshmen hanging out with our plugged in seniors and building cool friendships! The second involved a student that comes to the “Open Studio”nights but isn’t really involved with our ministry. She brought a friend to the event and we got to hang out with them and invite them to our weekend services. It was so cool!
Thinking about doing this yourself? The only thing I’d do different would be to do multiple slides for multiple color croups (brights, warms, cools, etc.) Even though the paint did mix together a little, it still turned out great!