Using paint and glue, students will create wonderful works of art while learning about geology.
By Andrea Mulder-Slater
Dreary days getting you down? Why not pick up a few rocks and create some fun?!
What You Need:
- some small rocks
- thick water-based paint (acrylic) or Posca Paint Pens
- paintbrushes or sponges
- water, old margarine containers
- some magic markers
- a container of white glue
- some newspapers to keep your work area clean
What You Do:
- Clean all the dirt off of your rocks and let them dry.
- Decide what you are going to create – a picture, an animal, a funky paper weight… it’s all up to you!
- Begin painting your rock with the designs and colors of your choice. If you like, you can draw some lovely pictures using magic markers instead of paint.
- When you are all finished decorating and the paint is completely dry, it’s time to seal the rock. You can do this with a water-based sealer like Stays Clearn by Benjamin Moore, or by mixing some white glue with a little bit of water.
- Brush some of the water/glue mixture onto your rock to seal in the beauty.
- You are finished and you can move on to the next one… and the next… and the next!
Note: If you are going to paint rocks to leave outside, make sure you use a biodegradable, environmentally-friendly water-based paint!
Did You Know:
There are three main types of rocks: Igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic.
- Igneous rocks are those formed from magma or lava which has cooled. Think of them as “fire” rocks.
- Sedimentary rocks are those formed when sediments (like sand and pebbles) are pressed or cemented together naturally, through time. Think of them as “layered” rocks.
- Metamorphic rocks are existing rocks which have been changed by high heat and pressure inside the earth over millions of years. Think of them as “recycled” rocks.
Now you know.