Through exposure to different forms and techniques in and of art, children are changing the way they are thinking and acting. They are developing tools that help them relate to the human experience, that foster empathy and sympathy, they begin to understand their own process and methods as well as respect for the way others think and act.
After many activities of painting with normal classroom brushes, I decided to ask the children to paint with trees, sticks, and pine leaves. I wanted them to interact with the paint in a new way. I wanted them to make something messy, something without a direct purpose. They loved the different smells of the natural brushes, as well as how each one held the paint and the patterns and textures it left on the paper.