Pair painting is a popular choice in the art room. It is often less about the end product and more about the social experience. The painting becomes a game, or a conversation, or a series of compromises. Sometimes it is inspired by a shared experience, like M. and B.'s painting of the May Pole dance.
Then comes the discussion of custody of the painting. Sometimes side-by-side painters request for it to be cut in half. Sometimes the pair makes a second painting, so they can each take one home. Sometimes there is a discussion of shared custody- "I'll tell my mom and you tell your mom and we can share it."
Snippet of the fascinating conversation the girls had during painting:
H: "We're making a rainbow that takes over the world."
A: "I want to tell you that the rainbow is invisible. All you have to do is climb up it and slide down it and then you can get to different worlds."
H: I thought we're going to have powers when the rainbow is camouflaged... When people stepped on it and they didn't know, they got stuck on it and shot into another world."
H: This is going to be so so awesome! Let's be best friends forever!"
A: "I think we're done painting."
H: "No, lets keep going until all the white is covered. One time, I painted a painting all red and then purple until all the white was colored and then I took it home."
A: "That sounds awesome but this is even better!"
H: "But who will take it home??"