George Washington Carver – Art Study: an activity for children of all ages. George was a scientist who spent many hours outdoors and much time looking and analyzing details and specifics. George was also a fiber and textile artist and dabbled in painting and when he was young, even made his own paints! In this activity, children will learn how to experiment and make dyes using plants.
- Experiment with color as your make your own dyes from things grown in the garden or found in nature. This article from recyclenation will help you learn more about what items to use and how to get the colors out of the plants and materials. Or look through the book Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Color by Rebecca Burgess.
- Have your child recreate the above painting from George or paint their own picture of flowers using the paint they made.
- Place the page or pages in a protector when finished and include them in the garden notebook/journal.
- Take pictures of the paints and artwork made and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.