On this day we used old Crayons to make new art! We took some crayon nubbins and used a pencil sharpener to create colorful wax shavings, then sprinkled the shavings between two pieces of wax paper. Educator Jen used an iron to melt it all together and we ended up with some truly beautiful color melts. Once the wax paper had cooled off we trimmed them into shapes - winding up with some very unique ornaments and suncatchers!
A few days later we decided to try pendulum painting - a technique that allows paint to flow freely from a suspended container that swings above canvas or paper. We took this idea outside to paint in the snow, and used the soccer goal posts to hang our paint from. First we tried paper cone cups and discovered that not only did the paint not flow freely from the cups, but they didn't quite swing as smoothly as a pendulum should.
Educator Shirley-Ann suggested it's because the goal posts are square shaped and not round, and off she went into the forest to find a good tree branch we can hang our paint from. While she was gone we tried different ways to suspend condiment containers full of paint, hoping they'd flow better than the flimsy paper cups. It was a real challenge to figure out how to tie our yarn around those smooth, round bottles!
When the condiment containers didn't work, we used juice bottles and poked holes in the lid before tying them up. This also proved to be unsuccessful - which was ok because that just meant we could squirt out the paint by hand and make designs, which everyone loves to do anyways!
A few days later, Educator Jasbir introduced an interesting art activity called Magic Letters. She showed the kids how to write and draw invisibly with white crayons before lightly painting overtop to reveal their creations! Another fun, interesting art activity that we can't wait to try again!
The Club 4/5 crew are up for anything that involves mixing and making. A recent experiment making bath bombs with epsom salts ignited a whole bunch of new ways to use salt for science and for art!
Here, these budding scientists created crystals with some epsom salts, food coloring, and warm water.
This activity inspired questions from the kids about what salt can do on different surfaces. So after we completed our jars of crystals, we grabbed the epsom salt, some ice cubes, and some regular table salt to experiment with. In a tub the kids poured the salts onto the ice shapes and felt the different textures it made. Both salts reacted and melted differently, which the kids found pretty interesting!
A few days later, we tried art with salt. Using glue we traced out snowflakes then sprinkled them with epsom salt. We waited all day for them to dry before we could paint them. Since the actual activity calls for regular table salt, the epsoms reacted to the glue differently than expected and our snowflakes didn't turn out how we thought they would. We still enjoyed painting them, and are eager to try this again with table salt!