Fun with Science in Art

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We are super excited to have a young artist on the blog today. I invited Sarah G. to do an art project for us and she decided to experiment with science in art.

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Sarah’s Session #1: Fun with Science in Art

When I started working at my new job as an art teacher, I also started learning – double time! Being in school studying art, and being able to be an art teacher at the same time, is very fulfilling. At my place of work, one of the first set of tools I acquired was a large assortment of materials useful for new art projects, but I also felt like a scientist. I now had the materials that I needed to explore science in art; combining different materials, seeing how they react together to get different results. With this project and the many variations different art materials provide, others can feel like super-artsy scientists too.

Fun with Science in Art- Explore how different materials react when they are combined together

Materials for Fun with Science in Art

Fun with Science in Art Project Instructions:

OIL and WATER are not friends. When they get near each other, they have to immediately run away; they do not mix. This makes for a very interesting, cool effect, and is an easy project for all ages to develop and keep fine motor functions active.

Here’s how you proceed:

  1. Start by taping off the edges of your paper. This is to hold the paper down which keeps the edges from curling up, and to give your piece a nice finished border afterward.
  2. Now draw the image of your choice with the oil pastels, as well as any details that go with the picture scene. See the Bee-Eater birds on the branch below with leaves, clouds, and far away birds. You can call the clouds “magic clouds”. Because of the white pastel on the white paper, the clouds stay hidden until adding watercolors on top. They appear like magic! Kids also love this technique for writing secret messages.
  3. To prevent any unwanted watercolor from saturating specific areas, make sure to fill in all the shapes with the oil pastel.
  4. Allow the oil pastels some time to dry and then paint on the picture with the watercolors. Ask the kids to observe what happens when the watercolors meet the oil pastels.

Fun with Science in Art

When painting outdoor/ nature scenes, the sky, the background, and bodies of water give a high allowance of artistic freedom. The many different times of day yield many varieties of color combinations for both sky and water. So if the kids want to paint a pink sky or a purple field let them express their creativity.

Artist Sarah G. writes her first post Fun with Science in Art

About Sarah Gendler:
26 years young, born and raised in South San Jose;
artist, student, a teacher at Hidden Talent Art Studio, daughter, sibling, friend.

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  1. What an awesome idea! I’ll have to give it a try with my little guy! He loves science AND art! I think he would love this!


  2. I love the wine cork craft! I’m always looking for new ways to make art projects last a little longer and I love that they can build with them and then paint them! Thanks for sharing these great ideas!


  3. This is a great lesson! And I love watching the colors that kids choose for certain things, especially things that kind of have set colors (grass, the sky, water, etc.) It makes me believe we live in a more colorful world!


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