Earth Paints – Product Review and Prehistoric Art Lesson Ideas

Nothing is more exciting than getting to try an awesome new art product! Earth Paint from is one of those products that I knew right from the start that I was going to have fun using and sharing with the kids in my life. Our newly formed homeschool art class was the test group for this review and I appreciate all their hard work and creativity!

First of all, a little about the paints and the kit we received:

  • The paints are eco-friendly paints made from natural clay crushed and sifted to make beautiful earthy pigments…totally safe with no fillers or toxins. These paints are handmade in small batches in Ashland, Oregon by Leah Mebane. Leah uses the paint in her own beautiful abstract artwork.
  • The kit we received was the Children’s Earth Paint Kit and the pigments are water soluble with rich creamy colors and texture.
  • You can use the paints on paper, wood, fabric, canvas, and stones.
  • Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, brown colors come in the kit.
  • Each packet of pigment makes a lot of paint, depending on how much water you add.

What we loved about the paints

  • Our #1 favorite thing about these paints is the bright colors. They were so much fun to work with!
  • The colors mixed easily and we could make our own purples and tints.
  • Clean up was a snap and the paints easily washed off the tables, brushes, and messy hands. 

A couple of tips (possible negatives)

  • We kept our paints out overnight and then next day the yellow and green smelled like sulfur (rotten eggs). This was our fault since the directions do tell you that the paint contains milk and needs to be stored in the refrigerator (up to a week). 
  • Only mix up as much paint as you think you will need for one sitting. The cost of these paints are higher than normal school grade paints so you want to stretch them as far as they will go. 

Our Earth Paint Art Class – Focus on Cave Art at Lascaux

We prepared for art project by viewing this video on YouTube:
The Dordogne France: Lascaux’s Prehistoric Cave Paintings.  

We also explored this website:
Lascaux – interactive view into the cave…don’t get too distracted!

We watched this video on the Earth Paints website showing how Leah makes the paints:  
Making Earth Paints.

Then we each mixed our own set of Earth Paints.  I put about a teaspoon of paint into a small cup and we each mixed about 2 teaspoons of water into each color to make our paints. The kids really enjoyed this process so I highly recommend that you allow your kids to mix their own paints.

After viewing some of the cave art up close on the computer, each of the kids chose an image to reproduce on their paper. I used large sheets of Bristol paper and it worked out great. The paper didn’t curl up and it stood up to a lot of brushing by the kids as they enjoyed the process of painting.

I love the way the older kids used the different colors of orange, yellow, and brown to recreate the rock texture and color they saw in the Lascaux cave paintings.

At the end of the lesson, the kids decided to make their own hand “signatures” just like we saw in the cave paintings. Nothing like allowing children to paint their own skin to bring up the giggles and smiles!

All the kids involved in the class, who ranged in age from 8 to 13, thought these paints were amazing and thoroughly enjoyed using them as part of this art class. At pick up time, the parents loved hearing all the facts about natural paints and how they were made by their very enthusiastic kids. We all thought it would be a great project to learn to make our own earth paints…there were lots of questions about how the different colors were achieved like what rocks and minerals made the yellow, green, and blue.

We will be displaying our “cave art” made with Earth Paint at our end of term art show. I think I will mount the artwork on on the ceiling (idea from Pinterest).

This was an art, science, and history lesson all wrapped up into one project that was enjoyed by all ages!

We all give Earth Paints a big thumbs up and we already have plans to use the rest of the paints later in the year on another project involving stones.

Earth Paint Kit for Children - Travel Size

Now for the Giveaway and Special Discount Code!

I am teaming up with Tricia at Hodgepodge on this review and giveaway! We are each running a Rafflecopter giveaway for a Children’s Earth Paint Kit – Petite. Enter once on my blog and then click over and enter to win on Tricia’s blog too! While you are there, read her wonderful review and see their completely different art project done with Earth Paints: Hodgepodge:
Earth Paint Review and Art With Multiple Ages.

For all of you who would like to purchase your own set of Earth Paints, we have a special discount code that will give you $5.00 off any kit you purchase from www.
Special Code: earthart

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