Which end of the feather is more interesting to paint with?

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on November 18, 2012

in Creative Art, Feather "Pen" Painting, Feather Painting Experiment, Painting

The children found feathers, paint, and paper set out on the table as part of our ongoing turkey tangent. As the children began to paint, we quickly found out which end  of the feather would be more interesting to paint with…

We started out by painting with the stick end of the feather.  A couple of my students gave it try and exclaimed, “Mrs. Stewart – this is not working!” …

I gave it a try too and sure enough, even though I had paint on the stick end of the feather – it definitely wasn’t leaving much paint on the paper.  It would kind of scratch a little paint on the paper but it wasn’t all that fun for me either…

So we switched the feathers out for new feathers and this time we put the feathered end of the feathers into the paint…

Yep, painting with the feathered end did the trick. My students came back and tried this process again and decided it was much more interesting to paint with the feathered end of a feather than the stick end of a feather!

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1 Maro's kindergarten November 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Great idea!

2 Ann November 18, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Love this! I will definitely be doing this with my son and home daycare kids. We love to paint with different objects.

3 kimira November 18, 2012 at 8:32 pm

I always wondered how wizards could write with the wrong end of the quill

4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 18, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Haha – I am now wondering that myself:)

5 Sheryl November 20, 2012 at 9:10 am

If you cut the tip of the feather off, the paint will flow into the hollow point of the quill and make writing more fun. That’s what “penknives” were for. I wish after 35 years of teaching I’d known this all along, but a wise friend of mine just told me after I showed him your post!

6 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. November 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Haha – I did not know that! I will give it a try too!

7 Sheryl November 20, 2012 at 9:13 am

Oops. I meant the tip of the quill part, not the feather part.

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