Science Art Craft For Kids: Matisse Style Prints Du Soleil

This is a fantastic project for teaching kids about dispersement.

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Prints Du Soleil: Using the sun to make art… but not in the way you’d expect!

Materials Needed:  (referral links provided for convenience)

White porous paper (some types of painting paper, such as finger painting paper, has a coating that won’t work for this project)
Sponge brushes
Bowl of water
Liquid water color
Black construction paper
Spray bottles (optional)
Eye dropper (optional)
Squeeze bottles (optional)

Step 1:  cut several shapes from the black construction paper, and set asideIMG_3529

Step 2:  wet the entire sheet of white paper, using a foam brush

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Step 3:  apply a layer of one color of water colorIMG_3525

Step 4:  using the water color bottles, eye droppers, spray bottles, and squeeze bottles drop and spritz other colors onto your paper

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You should have a big, colorful mess!

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Step 5: dip each black paper shape into your bowl of water…

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…and place onto the painted paper

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Press and smooth out air pockets and wrinkles

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Step 6:  set in a sunny window, or outside if it’s not windy, to dry

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May also leave overnight, under good light

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When dry, remove the black shapes to reveal the pale areas underneath.

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You’d think the areas underneath would be darker.  That the sun would fade the other areas that weren’t covered by the black paper.  But…

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… the areas not covered by black paper will dry faster.  The wet areas of water will then travel to the dry areas, causing the pigment to disperse.

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