Painting with Nature Process Art


Art is a journey, not a destination is the perfect definition of process art; process art is simply emphasizing the doing of the activity-- not the final product. 

It is providing materials and letting creativity shine through

Today we are sharing a process art activity using using paint.  

We decided to create using items found in nature.

process painting for kids with nature

This is a great way to explore nature with toddlers and preschoolers!  Your little ones will love this nature based art and craft activity; older kids will enjoy it, too!  

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To begin our process art activity, I took a little nature walk around our yard gathering flowers, twigs, pine cones, leaves, etc with my toddler and preschooler.  


Once we had a paper lunch bag full of nature materials, we set up our art area with paint and paper.

Nature Craft for Kids

I filled a tray with different colors of paint and each child emptied his/her bag and went to work painting!

nature art for kids

It was a messy venture, but it was wonderful being out in the fresh air painting with items found all around us in our backyard.

Nature Process Art for Kids

Encourage your child to use the nature materials like a paint brush.  Dip a part of the twig, flower, etc. into the paint and brush it on the paper.  Or, make prints by pressing the paint covered piece of nature onto the paper.  

Enjoy this new way of painting!  There is no right or wrong way to do this activity, just enjoy and have fun painting with nature!

Painting with Nature for Kids

My two year old opted for a "blob" and "smear" style.... 

toddler art and craft painting with nature

My four year old daughter loved using the flowers and creating prints; the daisy prints turned out lovely.  

nature craft for kids

I joined in on the fun, too!! 

 I must admit that process art was a challenge for me as I often set up and steer activities with an end in mind.  

It was so neat to see how proud each of my kiddos were as they were painting and creating to their liking with natural materials from our yard!  

Nature Painting with Kids

Have you and your children created any process art lately?  

I hope this challenge we are participating in inspires you!  

Check out how others explore this process art paint challenge using different materials:

Process Art with Paint

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