using natural materials teaches children to be aware of nature and to realise
that they do not always need money to create art. Look carefully in your own
environment to see which materials could be used in art-making:
Here are some
ideas for collecting natural materials for drawing, painting, collage, printing
modelling and construction
1. For drawing: Burnt wood (charcoal), ash, milky plant juices, berries, soil, clay, mud, pollen, crushed leaves or grass and squeezed flowers
2. For painting and making dyes: natural dyes made by crushing and/brewing beetroot , tea, aloe leaves, onion skins, ginger roots, coffee beans, marigold flower, tumeric, potassium permangranate, berries and basil leaves.
3. For collage and masks: leaves, seeds, pods, grasses, shells, bones, flowers, twigs, sand , soil, bark, feathers, mealie husks, crushed egg shells and see sponges.
4. For printing: feathers, bark, flowers, leaves, stalks, bones, half fruits and vegetables.
5. For modelling: Clay from riverbanks.
6. For construction: reeds, grass, sticks, bamboo, bones, wood and fibre
Caution avoid plants that are poisonous and sharp