Making nature paint to explore the colors and textures of nature

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on April 21, 2012

in Earth Day, Nature Paint, Nature Paint, Science and Nature

As a continuing part of our focus on Earth Day, our class had a little fun this week whipping up a batch of nature paint…

First, we went outside and collected some baggies of dirt, grass, and yellow dandelions…

Once we had collected our nature items, we went right to work on making some nature paint…

To make dirt paint, we  mixed dirt in with some brown tempera paint. The dirt paint was thick and gooey – we made it just a little too thick at first but easily fixed it by adding just a touch more brown paint…

To make grass paint, we mixed up pieces of grass with some green paint.  The grass paint was not as thick as the dirt paint but it had long blades of grass that had to be really mixed up well in order to get them all mixed with the green paint. The grass paint was stringy…

To make dandelion paint, we plucked off the top of dandelions and mixed them in with our yellow paint. The dandelion paint was lumpy…

And because we happen to have some leftover grass seeds, we also made some green grass seed paint. the grass seed paint was gritty…

Later, we took our nature paints to the outdoor classroom and used them to paint in a variety of ways and on a variety of nature items…

The children used the nature paint to paint on paper….

And to paint on rocks…

And to paint on sticks…

It was an interesting and creative day of exploring items of nature, the painting process, the texture of nature, and the colors of nature…

 

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