Princeton Water Watch

‘Wet Paint’ Update
August 13, 2009, 8:09 pm
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We have been working with a group of ten or twelve kids for the past two weeks. We spend half of our time together painting, and the other half we spend learning about water and the environment. This past week, Jackie taught the kids about the color wheel. First, Jackie led them in a structured exercise to see the way different colors interact on the page. Each child was instructed to paint the same thing, yet all of the paintings had slight differences. Different shades of color, different textures, some used more water and some more paint.

Even more exciting was to see what the kids came up with for their individual portions of the mural. We ended up with oceans, gardens, sprinklers, and one titled simply, “Exotic Girl with Dog and Tree in Snow.” Needless to say, we are working with a very enthusiastic, bright group of kids. 

We also did an activity called “The Long Haul,” where kids practice water hauling from one bucket to the next. They learned about the difficulties of finding and toting water in third world countries, and how lucky we are that our water supply comes right out of the tap. At the end of the activity, however, the kids decided to put on their own impromptu activity called “Let’s Try to Splash Louise.” This activity seemed to be a huge hit with the kids, but less of a hit with Louise. 

Laura led the children in a water trivia activity. Eyes bulged and mouths hung open when we learned that it takes 140 gallons of water to make a plastic water bottle, and 500 to make a t shirt! 

Next week, we will combine all of our efforts thus far and begin painting the actual mural. With the help of Niece Lumber in Lambertville, New Jersey, we will soon have an empty panel that is ready to be transformed into a piece of art!


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