Budding Artists at Work

Equipment needed for our session today – palettes, paintbrushes, paper, stones, a gas cooker and kettle! A rather strange mixture you might think. What could we be making? Natural paints of course.

Squash, squash, and squash some more

Squash, squash, and squash some more

A small group of eager artists joined us and were soon searching the woods for natural materials that might make paints. Pine cones, grass, berries, conkers, beech nuts were collected, together with handfuls of soil and mud. The natural materials were then mixed with hot and cold water, stirred and squashed. Making natural paints is very much a matter of experimenting and even the adults were surprised with the results. Some colours were easy to make and others impossible.

Hard at work

Hard at work

With a palette of colours ready the children started to paint. Soon we had a gallery of beautiful autumn trees, woodland creatures, farm animals and woodland scenes. Not only were our paintings a feast for the eyes but they also smelt wonderful as well!

This activity is perfect for anytime of the year and the colour palette changes with the seasons.

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