Getting Crafty

Paint with soil or make an EarthWise bracelet.  Great for classrooms, and educational materials are included.  Order the materials from the Montana Chapter by filling out these forms: SWCS Soil Paint Kit Order Form and Instructions 2017 or  SWCS EarthWise Bracelet Kit Order Form 2016.  For an idea of what to paint, copy this coloring book-style template of a soil profile or the map of Montana’s bedrock categorized by geologic eras shown below.  Or download this PowerPoint file with multiple pages to choose from and print: PrintableSoilPaintingTemplates

Use soil paint to fill in the different layers of the soil profile.
Pulverized Soil From Across Montana + Acrylic Gesso = Soil Paint!
Pulverized Soil From Across Montana + Acrylic Gesso = Soil Paint!
Each beads represents an element in the Earth's ecosystem: Water, Soil, Air, People, Plants, Animals, etc.
Each bead represents an element in the Earth’s ecosystem: Water, Soil, Air, People, Plants, Animals, etc.

 

 

 

Owl painted with soil kit from Montana during a public program in Cherokee, Iowa. A little yellow acrylic paint was added for the beak, a little white to highlight, and green for the pine needles.  “People here think soil painting is awesome!” – Laura Jones, Naturalist, Cherokee County Conservation Board, IA.