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Art Experiments Book
Designed by Candie Cooper

Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.


Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Advanced

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics - measuring
Visual Arts

Time Needed for Project:
1 hour

EcoGreen Acrylic paints in desired colors
EcoGreen blank book
EcoGreen Crayons
Plaid® Paintbrushes
Elmer's® glue stick
Elmer's® All Purpose glue
Sakura® Permanent markers
Horizon Small wiggle eyes
Decorative papers
Horizon feathers
Canson® drawing paper
Experimental items: sponge squares, chenille stem, feather, leaves and bark

All-Purpose Glue Stick

Glue-All® 7 5/8 fl oz. Bottle

Base coat the pages in the book in different colors.

Experiment #1: Leaf and Bark Rubbings

1. Use the side of your crayon and rub over the surface of the bark and leaves to pick up the texture. Cut a tree trunk from the bark. Cut around the edge of the leaf for the tree top.

2. Use a glue stick to attach the pieces to the book to make trees. You can add grass with crayons and sponge painted clouds. Outline the shapes with a permanent marker to add details.

Experiment #2 Painted Chenille Stems

1. Find the snail pattern on the Hands On website.

2. Coil a chenille stem into a loose spiral. Paint the chenille stem in desired color and leave to dry.

3. Trace around the coil onto decorative paper and cut out along with snail body.

4. Glue the snail body and shell to the book with a glue stick and the chenille coil and google eyes with thick white glue.

5. Add dashes behind the snail to make a trail and some grass with the crayons. Outline all shapes with permanent marker.

Experiment #3 Sponge Painted City

1. Cut a sponge into squares. Stamp the squares in paint and blot some of the paint off on the side.

2. Stamp silver for skyscrapers, rust for brick houses. Leave the paint to dry.

3. Cut roofs for the brick houses from decorative papers. Use a glue stick to adhere roofs.

4. Add windows with permanent markers. Draw grass with the crayon. Outline all the shapes with a black permanent marker.

Experiment #4 Feather Painting

1. Dip the end of a feather into paint and make wisps on the paper. What do you see? For mine, I saw a rooster.

2. Add paint and crayon to your design to make it come to life.

3. Outline the shape in permanent marker.

4. Lastly, decorate the cover of your book and add your own title. I'm calling mine Art Experiments!


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