Dripping or Drip Painting

A technique particularly suitable for group sessions.

In plastic arts, dripping ("let drop") means letting different colors drip into layers of paints composing an artwork. Jackson Pollok realized his first dripping work on the sail of a boat, then on wooden boards. Currently, we also use paper or canvas.

In Art Therapy, this technique is ideal for group sessions. The therapist invites participants to compose an artwork in common, by dripping acrylic paint onto a vast sheet of paper placed on the ground. The results are often stunning, featuring a rich variety of colors and shapes.

Therapeutically speaking, the benefit is opening the participants' minds, realizing a common endeavor in a playful atmosphere. The therapist's role is to watch, to encourage, and to channel the efforts. Finding one's value within a group, thus contributing to a common achievement, outside a formalized context, is a valuating experience for each participant.

Examples of a collective art-work

Original size: 150 x 110 cm. Acrylic on paper.
Produced by a group of 5 persons, on a sunny summer afternoon.

Individual Works

At the end of the session, participants are invited to create their individual works, according to their preferred technique. Each one finds his/her favorite colors, and discovers an image evoking personal content, via shapes and shadings, likewise rivers grinding and finding their final beds, or likewise galaxies in the universe after the Big Bang. Or in forms of lights emerging from a mysterious landscape.

Acrylic on paper, original size 60 x 44 cm.