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August Take & Create: Watercolor

With your brush, put a few splotches of paint toward the center of your paper, don’t rub it in!

Take your straw and blow the paint any way you want! Try straws of different sizes and shapes and experiment with blowing intensity.

Customize your creation. Make it a creature by drawing eyes, arms, legs, clothes, etc with a pen or marker. Or, add other features to make it an unusual flower, structure, or whatever you like!splashes of watercolor

Add texture by sprinkling salt onto your wet watercolor painting

Let dry. Brush off salt over a garbage can.

Experiment with different types of salt.

Create the letter of your initial or the shape or design of your choice using tape on the center of the paper.

Paint a design with your brush all over the paper.

After the paint dries, peel off the tape.

Using liquid school glue, create designs and shapes on the paper.

Sprinkle your design with salt until it is covered then shake off excess salt.

Put some paint on the brush and gently touch your brush to the salt glue designs and watch the paint travel and mix.

Using a pen or marker, fill your paper with a big scribble of overlapping and intersecting lines and swirls or shapes.

Paint the sections created by the scribbles or shapes using watercolors of all different colors.

Draw a design with your watercolor pencil.

Brush on some water to the design to add a paint effect.

Dip a Q-tip in water and dot the water over the paper in any shape or design.

Add paint to the Q-tip and dot over the water dot design.


July Take & Create: Activities to Celebrate Summer

It's fun and easy to make bubbles at home! Try out the following recipe to have your own bubble fun! You can also blow bubbles with straws, toilet paper or paper towel tubes to see the different sizes of bubbles you can blow! 




Bubble Recipe

  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup dish soap
  • Gently stir

Make a Bubble Wand!

  • Make a loop by bending the pipe cleaner and twisting the ends together. Bend the loop into a fun shape.
  • Dip into the bubble solution.
  • Blow!

Create a Party Hat!

Use these ideas for inspiration along with your imagination to create a unique hat! You could even take a nature walk to find leaves or flowers to add.





Take a walk around your neighborhood with family or friends and look for the following items!

  • Oak tree
  • Flowers
  • Something blue
  • Stop sign
  • Sparrow
  • Park
  • Butterfly
  • Dog
  • Street sign
  • Mailbox
  • Clouds
  • Something purple
  • Playground
  • Acorns
  • Squirrels
  • Rocks
  • Cardinal
  • Ladybug

Use sidewalk chalk to draw a hopscotch court outside. Take turns playing with your friends and family! 

Don't forget the party music! Scan this QR code or use for a beach party Spotify playlist and dance the day away! 

Celebrate art from across the globe by trying out these suggestions using materials from our June Take & Create kit or what you have on hand. Use the links/tabs to learn more about each art form.

June Take & Create

Amate Art is a type of Mexican folk art, and Amate is a material made from the bark of fig and mulberry trees. Amate has been produced for hundreds of years in different regions of Mexico. The process requires several steps and many hours! Bark must be harvested from the tree, boiled, then soaked in water. Then it's beaten with a flat stone to form a pulp, made into sheets and dried in the sun. 

Amate Art from the state of Guerrero features bright and colorful pictures of everyday life, though, over time, Amate has served different purposes.

For more information about Amate, visit the Museum of International Folk Art

Kente cloth is a hand woven fabric traditionally worn by the Asante and Ewe people of Ghana. Legend says that two men saw a spider weaving such a beautiful web they wanted to learn how to weave like the spider. In exchange for favors, the spider taught them how to weave and they brought the knowledge back to their home of Bonwire.

Originally, royalty wore Kente cloth, but as production increased, more people began to wear Kente; however, it's usually saved for special occasions. 

Patterns and colors are important parts of Kente and are given names. 

The following color meanings come from Empire Textiles

Black: spiritual energy and maturity, as well as funeral rites and mourning.

Blue: love, harmony, togetherness and peace.

Maroon: healing, plus the colour of Mother Earth.

Purple: normally worn by women, associated with femininity.

Pink: also represents feminine qualities, including mildness.

Red: sacrificial rites, bloodshed and death, but also spiritual and political moods.

Gold: wealth in a number of forms, namely high status, monetary wealth and royalty, but also fertility and spiritual purity.

Yellow: similar to the attributes associated with gold, but also including beauty and preciousness.

Green: growth – both spiritual growth, and also relating to the land, harvest, vegetation and crops.

Grey: symbolises ash, as well as cleansing and healing rituals.

Silver: associated with the moon, as well as peace, purity and joy.

White: festive occasion, cleansing rites and pureness.


A mural is public artwork that could be painted or drawn on a surface such as a wall or a ceiling -- murals tend to be permanently in place. They can be very large and colorful and can be any subject the artist can imagine! Murals exist worldwide and are special because they bring communities together. 

Have you seen murals in San Antonio? Take a look at these photos of murals right here in San Antonio!