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A coleague of mine came up with a very successful lesson combining a field
trip with an exploration of color and texture later in the classroom.
During the field trip to a near by nature trail, the students collected tree
bark, leaves, flowers, dirt, clay, etc. In the class room they ground the
items into powder or crumbs and mixed with acrylic clear medium and used these
"paints" to compose abstract designs. Early elementary. The kids loved it!