Learning in the Making: Natural Paints

The natural world is filled with vibrant color! Our very own environments hold many valuable tools for creation. Would you believe me if I told you that in today’s project you are going to make your very own paint? You can save money and the environment by learning how to make paint from food items from the refrigerator or pantry. 

Did you know that scientists and artists are actually a lot more similar than they are different? Watch the video below to explore your identity as an artist and as a scientist with Aáron and Annalise

Suggested Materials:

  • Cooking Materials: Small Pot + stove, Microwave (if no stove), Small bowls/cups, Spoon
  • Food Materials: Red cabbage, Spinach, Berries (fresh or frozen), Tea (black or herbal), Coffee,Vinegar, Baking soda
  • Texture Materials: Paint brushes, Sponges, Q-tips, Leaves, any other interesting textured objects 
  • Paper: White paper of varying thicknesses (watercolor paper if you have it)
  • Tools: Scissors, Pens, Pencils, Markers, Paper

Download the project guides by clicking on the images below:

We want to see your projects! After the livestream, we encourage you to post your paintings on Twitter or Instagram. Tag us @MakerEdOrg with #MakerEdAtHome and #NaturalPaint

For more resources, projects guides, and inspiration for activities you can make at home, check out all our episodes of Learning in the Making

Learning in the Making: LIVE! is an online video series designed to support educators and families with accessible hands-on learning experiences. This work is part of our focus on supporting remote learning in various environments. (To learn more, read this blog post about our work during shelter-in-place measures in 2020.) 

Each week, we are hosting a live making activity on our YouTube channel and sharing related resources on our blog. 

We are so excited to support hands-on learning as educators, caregivers, and young learners shift to distance learning, and we need your support! Donate today so we can keep going. 



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