Sunday, January 20, 2013

Salt and Water Color Paintings

 Our latest art project involved salt and water colors. We have been learning about snow and freezing, and also learning about melting and things that can make snow and ice melt. For art, we made these beautiful salt and water color paintings. All you need is construction paper (we used black because I wanted the colors to really stand out), salt, glue and any colors of water color paint that you want to use. My favorite colors were the red and orange because they really were bright and stood out on the black paper. 

First we decided on our design and made it using glue. 

Then we covered the glue with salt and let it dry over night.

Then we painted our designs. We dropped paint drops onto the salt and watched the colors spread through the salt. 

Finished products:

This project was so much fun. It helped to create discussions about the salt absorbing the colors,  how the paint would spread when dropped on the salt, and colors mixing to make new colors. Everyone's' painting were so different and the students enjoyed seeing what their friends pictures looked like and were asking questions. Plus it is a great lead way into our upcoming science activity with salt and ice. 


  1. I love this project! Thanks so much for sharing it.

    Totally Terrific Teaching

  2. Wow! What a neat idea. Thanks for sharing :)


  3. This activity is awesome! I'm all pumped to try it out with my kids!

    Seemi @ Trillium Montessori


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