Learn how to use paints and glue to transform simple rocks into vibrant works of art. This is a fun way for students to unleash their artistic flair by painting rocks, exploring different designs, and interactively learning about geology.
Where to Find Rocks: Explore your surroundings for smooth, flat rocks:
Search riverbeds, parks, beaches, and forests.
If natural rocks are scarce, visit local hardware stores or landscape suppliers.
Remember, avoid polished rocks; opt for light-coloured ones for better paint visibility.
Select rocks that inspire your creativity. Find funky shapes, vibrant colours, and various sizes for different projects.
Let the Adventure Begin:
Clean the rocks thoroughly and let them dry.
Optional: Seal or prime the rocks for a smooth painting surface. Use FAS Gesso (sealer and Primer) for FAS Student Acrylic White paint for priming, allowing it to dry before applying colour.
Decide on your creation—be it a picture, an animal, or a funky paperweight.
Paint your rock with chosen designs and colours. Get creative! You can also use markers for detailed pictures. See some of our photos for inspiration.
Once the paint is dry, seal your masterpiece. See "Sealing Your Rocks" below.
Brush the water/glue mixture onto your rock to seal in the beauty.
Sealing Your Rocks: Sealing is essential for protection against the elements. Choose a brush-on or spray polyurethane sealant (available at hardware stores, art stores, or supermarkets). Opt for a glossy, matte, or satin finish based on preference. For outdoor rocks, choose a waterproof sealant. This step ensures longevity and weather resistance, making your rocks suitable for hiding or gifting.
Colourful Background: Press down hard and fill the paper with different coloured crayons. Be creative and use lots of colours.
Make it Dark: After the colourful crayon work, go over the entire paper with a black crayon or tempera powder paint. Make it all black.
Let it Dry: Leave it to dry. This helps with the next step.
No Mess: Put the artwork on newspaper or a cover sheet to keep things tidy.
Scratch the Magic: Use the end of a paintbrush or a paper clip to scratch off the black layer. Amazing colours will show up underneath.
Experiment More: Try different tools for cool effects.
Extra Idea: Instead of black crayon, use black Indian ink over the coloured crayon, let it dry, and then scratch it. You'll reveal the colours beneath. Wrap Up: Scratch-art is easy and full of surprises. Kids will love creating their own magical masterpieces. So, let's have fun, get creative, and enjoy the wonderful world of art!
Step 1: Set Up Before we embark on our creative journey, let's make sure everything is set up:
Lay down old newspapers to protect your work surface.
Put on your apron or paint-friendly attire.
Fill water cups for cleaning brushes.
Set out your sponges, paints, paper, and brushes.
Step 2: Choose Shapes. Discuss shapes with the children. Ask them what shapes they like or want to explore. Let them select a few sponges of different shapes and sizes.
Step 3: Sketch Design: Using a pencil, lightly sketch a design on your white paper. This could be simple shapes, patterns, or even a theme like underwater creatures or outer space. Step 4: Paint with Sponges: Dip sponges in the Super Tempera paint and dab them onto paper following your design. Step 5: Add Details. Use brushes to add details. Step 6: Dry and Cut. Let it dry. Discuss the process. Cut your paper. Step 7: Wrap a Surprise! Wrap a special gift with your unique paper.
Wrapping Paper made with Super Tempera paint and sponges
How to Paint with Marbles | Easy Simple Painting for Kids
Painting with Glass Marbles and Super Tempera School Paint Art Lesson
Kids love playing with marbles and love colourful Super Tempera paint. Put them together in one fun art lesson, and you'll have their creative imagination running wild.
A simple yet exciting and fun art lesson – painting with glass marbles and Super Tempera school paint. This fun and engaging project is perfect for school art teachers and parents at home. We'll create unique and mesmerising artworks with just a few materials that will surely captivate children's imaginations.
Set Up the Workspace:Start by covering your work area with newspaper or an old tablecloth to protect it from paint splatters. Place your tray or cut-down box on the covered surface.
Select Your Colours: Choose a selection of Super Tempera colours that you'd like to use for your artwork. The more vibrant and contrasting the colours, the more striking your final result will be.
Dip the Marbles: Dip your glass marbles into the paint, ensuring they are coated evenly but not excessively. You can use a palette or a disposable plate for this step.
Create Your Masterpiece: Place a piece of paper inside the tray or box. Carefully drop the paint-covered marbles onto the paper. Tilt the tray or box gently in various directions, allowing the marbles to roll and create colourful patterns on the paper. Encourage children to experiment with different angles and movements to see how it affects their artwork.
Roll the marble covered in Super Tempera
Add More Paint: If desired, you can dip the marbles in different colours of paint and continue creating layers of patterns on your paper. The overlapping colours will add depth and intrigue to your artwork.
Let It Dry: Once you are satisfied with your creation, carefully lift the marbles off the paper and set it aside to dry. The drying time will depend on the thickness of the paint, but it usually takes a few hours.
Clean Up: Use paper towels or soapy water to clean the marbles and the tray. Make sure to wash your hands and any paint-covered surfaces thoroughly.
Admire Your Art: Once your masterpiece is dry, take a moment to admire the vibrant and abstract patterns you've created. Encourage children to share their artwork with others and discuss the different shapes and colours they see.
The Final Marble Paint Artwork
The Final Marble Paint Artwork
Painting with glass marbles and Super Tempera school paint is a fun and simple way to introduce children to the world of abstract art. Each attempt offers a unique result, making this activity fun and educational. Whether you're a teacher looking for an engaging art project in the classroom or a parent seeking a creative activity at home, this project will surely spark young artists' imaginations.