I love rocks and have a small collection on my bedside table. I appreciate their natural beauty and marvel at how perfect they are in their raw state. Normally, I don't like to alter natural materials. However, rocks are everywhere and often go unnoticed. So, this summer I decided to see what my art students could do with a rock. I've seen rocks with simple painted or drawn designs that are really beautiful. Cavemen painted on rock and those images not only have great historical significance but are gorgeous in their simplicity. Rocks are another great canvas for children to unleash their creativity.
Before the children could begin painting on their rock they were required to draw their designs on paper. This step was necessary in the planning process. In some cases the design was too big or small to fit on the rock and needed to be re-scaled. Or, designs needed a background color before the motifs could be painted. Children discovered that rocks often needed two coats of paint in order to have a completely opaque background. One child decided that a sharpie would work better than paint to execute more detailed work. In many cases the painting process took several classes to complete. The children had to be patient and could not rush through the painting process. After the children completed painting or drawing on their rock they used Mod Podge to seal the art.
I asked the children what they were going to do with their rock after they took it home. One child said, "I am going to play with my rock" (their rock had been transformed into a cat). Another child said, "I am going to give it to my mom, her name is Mary." (See the rock with the letter "M" below). The end results were well worth the children's hard work.
WORK IN PROGRESS