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Virtual Free Family Fun Day: Natural Wonders

Free Family Fun Day is now Virtual!

 

Welcome to MMA’s very first Virtual Free Family Fun Day: Natural Wonders!  The whole family can join in on these creative projects inspired by nature and completed with objects found around your house!

Tag us in your projects on social media @montereyart or email a picture of your creations to education@montereyart.org and be entered for a chance to win a R.A.D Art Kit for even more creative fun at home!

 

ACTIVITIES

Forging for Color Scavenger Hunt

On your next walk in your neighborhood, take some time to notice the colors around you. Can you find all the colors of the rainbow in nature? Fill in the below color wheel, or make your own, and take it with you on your walk to help you match colors!

Forging for Color Scavenger Hunt Color Wheel

 

Nature Texture Plate

Discover the many different patterns and textures of the natural world by making your own texture plate! The plate can be left as is to create rubbings, or you can add paint or markers to show off the textures.

Supplies: 

Smooth cardboard 

Foil 

Glue

Natural materials with interesting textures

Nature Texture Plate Instructions

 

Patterns in Nature with Rob Boss

Create killer collages from patterns that you find in the natural world around you.  Guest star, Rob Boss, teaches about what patterns are, how to recreate your own, and how to use it to collage your own picture.  

Supplies:

Paper

pencil/pen

glue/glue stick, or tape

Your favorite coloring materials

Patterns in Nature Collage Instructions

 

Origami Planter Boxes

Use recycled, biodegradable paper and traditional origami techniques to create a paper planter! Students will get to get their hands dirty while they plant a seedling. As a bonus, you can bury the entire planter box when the seedling is ready for transplant!

Supplies:

Repurposed paper, cardstock

Soil

Seeds

Origami Planter Box Instructions

 

Flower Power! Smashed Flower Art

Even when staying home, we can create interesting nature art from simple materials found around our home and neighborhoods! Take a walk around your block, pick some flowers popping out from the sidewalk, in the bushes, in the bushes from the park, or snip some from your own yard! (Be careful not to pluck from your neighbors gardens, unless you ask of course!)

Supplies:

Flowers (the more colorful and fresh, the better)

Wax Paper (parchment paper, paper towels, or plain paper work as well)

Thick paper- watercolor, cardstock, or thin cardboard

A hammer or mallet

Optional- Shears or scissors to trim flower stems

Flower Power Smashed Flower Art Instructions

 

Anthotype Fun

Learn how to make an anthotype – a photographic printing process made from plants and sunlight!

Anthotype Fun Instructions

Thanks for joining us for our very first Virtual Free Family Fun Day!

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Thank you to our Supporters!

A big thank you to our Free Family Fun Day and Mobile Free Family Fun Day Supporters: Wells Fargo, Yellow Brick Road Benefit Shop, Monterey Peninsula Volunteer Services, Carmel Woman’s Club, and the Arts Council for Monterey County—with support by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors.

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