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Craft: Painting With Purpose
Teach students how to repurpose tossable materials with this eco-friendly art lesson.
PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Give your painting projects both flair and an eco twist by using brushes handmade from materials that would otherwise be tossed out. A piece of bubble wrap creates a crazy-cool dot pattern, while a feather-cut toilet-paper roll makes a multi-legged creature on paper!
What You Need
- Tissue paper
- Flat cardboard
- Bubble wrap
- Cardboard tubes
What to Do
- Pour several colors of paint into shallow dishes or plates and distribute among tables. Then, with help from students, prepare your painting tools to create a variety of patterns and textures
- Crumple up tissue paper and bind with a clothespin that also serves as a "handle." Gently dab in paint to use.
- Cut a piece of flat cardboard into approximately a 3" x 4" rectangle. Notch the short edge to create a “comb” and use this side to dip into paint.
- Take a square of bubble wrap and fold it over on itself to create a 3” x 2” edge. Clip with a clothespin to use as a handle, and dab into the paint.
- Using a toilet-paper roll or cardboard tube, cut a fringe (about 2” or 3”) into one side of it. Splay out the fringe with your hand before dipping it into paint.
Photo: Adam Chinitz
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