Saluda students learn nature’s resist patterns through watercolors

The theme of Nature as Inspiration has been a focus for Saluda Elementary third graders.

In this process, students investigate the differences in resist mediums, salt and glue. Each reacts differently when watercolor paint is applied. The lesson encourages students to explore the science of art, new materials and possible ideas for working with materials.

Students first apply glue to their paper. Once the glue dries, they cover the paper with watercolor and sprinkle with salt. As the paint dries, students can watch texture increase as the salt absorbs the water around it but leaves the pigment behind. The chemical reaction leaves light spots where the salt grains are and the glue leaves a light, crackled surface when the paint dries.

Students will complete their artwork with an introduction to printmaking.