Pre-Preppers: Exploring the Great Unknown

These past two weeks have been full of new experiences for the Pre-prepper class. We started off last week with watercolors. The watery paints can be absorbed into a variety of different materials, so we tried using them on paper towels, salt, and on coffee filters. The salt pumpkins (which everyone referred to as ice pumpkins) were the week’s most popular activity because of the way the salt just sucked up the color when a drop got close.

Friday’s activity with the eye-droppers was a little bit tricky, but we worked on the steps together until everyone caught on. All of my friends were very excited about their new skill, so we spent almost an entire class period putting droplets onto different materials.

This week, we worked on making splat paintings with cotton balls. We would hold up a cotton ball covered in paint, let go, and SPLAT! Saying the word out loud seemed to help encourage everyone to actually let go of the cotton ball rather than personally squish it onto the paper. However, both methods gave us a fun new experience, and that’s what counts.

Our last activity for the week was another messy one. We tried doing paintings with materials other than paintbrushes. So, armed with spoons, forks, Q-tips, and scrapers, we made a collection of colorful abstract paintings.

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