How to Paint with Feathers: 5 Fun & Easy Ideas

Your kids will love these 5 fun ways to paint with feathers. These process art activities are perfect all year or during a study of birds or Thanksgiving turkeys.


Are you looking for some new process art ideas?  How about an art connection to your Thanksgiving unit?  Why not try painting with feathers.  Kids really enjoy the sensory experience of working with feathers and feathers help create some really interesting artwork.

Your kids will love these 5 fun ways to paint with feathers. Spring, summer, fall, winter ... these process art activities are perfect all year or during a study of birds or Thanksgiving turkeys. The feathers provide a great sensory experience and the feather paintings are beautiful. Perfect for your art center in your #preschool and #prek classroom. Check out these ideas today. #processart #preschoolart

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Here are 5 art activities for preschoolers for you to try.

Paint with Feathers

It can’t get much simpler than providing a variety of feathers and some paint.

Your kids will love these 5 fun ways to paint with feathers. Spring, summer, fall, winter ... these process art activities are perfect all year or during a study of birds or Thanksgiving turkeys. The feathers provide a great sensory experience and the feather paintings are beautiful. Perfect for your art center in your #preschool and #prek classroom. Check out these ideas today. #processart #preschoolart

Let your kids experiment.  How do the lines change when you use a different feather?  Which feather do you prefer to paint with?  Why?

You can also add some water to make the paint thinner.  Does this make a difference?

Your kids will love these 5 fun ways to paint with feathers. Spring, summer, fall, winter ... these process art activities are perfect all year or during a study of birds or Thanksgiving turkeys. The feathers provide a great sensory experience and the feather paintings are beautiful. Perfect for your art center in your #preschool and #prek classroom. Check out these ideas today. #processart #preschoolart

Start with a Drop of Paint

Rather than letting kids dip the feathers into the paint, drop paint directly onto the paper with a dropper or squeeze bottle.  Then, kids can spread the paint around with feathers.

Your kids will love these 5 fun ways to paint with feathers. Spring, summer, fall, winter ... these process art activities are perfect all year or during a study of birds or Thanksgiving turkeys. The feathers provide a great sensory experience and the feather paintings are beautiful. Perfect for your art center in your #preschool and #prek classroom. Check out these ideas today. #processart #preschoolart

Do some feathers spread the paint better than others?  What happens when one color spreads into another?

Your kids will love these 5 fun ways to paint with feathers. Spring, summer, fall, winter ... these process art activities are perfect all year or during a study of birds or Thanksgiving turkeys. The feathers provide a great sensory experience and the feather paintings are beautiful. Perfect for your art center in your #preschool and #prek classroom. Check out these ideas today. #processart #preschoolart

Make Feather Paint Brushes

Use duct tape to attach several feathers to small dowels or pencils to create some unique feathery, DIY paintbrushes.

Your kids will love these 5 fun ways to paint with feathers. Spring, summer, fall, winter ... these process art activities are perfect all year or during a study of birds or Thanksgiving turkeys. The feathers provide a great sensory experience and the feather paintings are beautiful. Perfect for your art center in your #preschool and #prek classroom. Check out these ideas today. #processart #preschoolart

I love seeing the lines that these fun paintbrushes create.  Why are some parts of the line thick and other parts of the line thin?

Your kids will love 5 painting with feathers ideas. Spring, summer, fall, winter ... these process art activities are perfect all year or during a study of birds or Thanksgiving turkeys. The feathers provide a great sensory experience and the feather paintings are beautiful. Perfect for your art center in your #preschool and #prek classroom. Check out these ideas today. #processart #preschoolart

Does one brush make different lines than the other?  How are the lines different?  How are they the same?

Your kids will love 5 painting with feathers ideas. Spring, summer, fall, winter ... these process art activities are perfect all year or during a study of birds or Thanksgiving turkeys. The feathers provide a great sensory experience and the feather paintings are beautiful. Perfect for your art center in your #preschool and #prek classroom. Check out these ideas today. #processart #preschoolart

Feather Prints

My favorite method of painting with feathers is creating feather prints.  Instead of painting with feathers, this time kids need to paint the feathers.

Your kids will love 5 painting with feathers ideas. Spring, summer, fall, winter ... these process art activities are perfect all year or during a study of birds or Thanksgiving turkeys. The feathers provide a great sensory experience and the feather paintings are beautiful. Perfect for your art center in your #preschool and #prek classroom. Check out these ideas today. #processart #preschoolart

As they paint, kids might notice that feathers repel the paint.  Why do you think this happens?

Your kids will love these 5 fun ways to paint with feathers. Spring, summer, fall, winter ... these process art activities are perfect all year or during a study of birds or Thanksgiving turkeys. The feathers provide a great sensory experience and the feather paintings are beautiful. Perfect for your art center in your #preschool and #prek classroom. Check out these ideas today. #processart #preschoolart

After applying paint to the feather, show kids how to press the feather in a folded piece of paper.  When they open up the paper and pull off the feather, a gorgeous print is visible on both sides of the paper.

Your kids will love these 5 fun ways to paint with feathers. Spring, summer, fall, winter ... these process art activities are perfect all year or during a study of birds or Thanksgiving turkeys. The feathers provide a great sensory experience and the feather paintings are beautiful. Perfect for your art center in your #preschool and #prek classroom. Check out these ideas today. #processart #preschoolart

They can try it with multiple types of feathers and multiple colors of paint. The prints are gorgeous!

Your kids will love these 5 fun ways to paint with feathers. Spring, summer, fall, winter ... these process art activities are perfect all year or during a study of birds or Thanksgiving turkeys. The feathers provide a great sensory experience and the feather paintings are beautiful. Perfect for your art center in your #preschool and #prek classroom. Check out these ideas today. #processart #preschoolart

A Little Glue will Do

Combine glue and tempera paint.  Kids can paint over feathers with the mixture and the feathers will stick to the paper.

Your kids will love these 5 fun ways to paint with feathers. Spring, summer, fall, winter ... these process art activities are perfect all year or during a study of birds or Thanksgiving turkeys. The feathers provide a great sensory experience and the feather paintings are beautiful. Perfect for your art center in your #preschool and #prek classroom. Check out these ideas today. #processart #preschoolart

What parts of the feather are easy to stick?  What parts are more difficult?  I think its fun to observe how feathers look when you glue them down with different colors of paint.

Your kids will love these 5 fun ways to paint with feathers. Spring, summer, fall, winter ... these process art activities are perfect all year or during a study of birds or Thanksgiving turkeys. The feathers provide a great sensory experience and the feather paintings are beautiful. Perfect for your art center in your #preschool and #prek classroom. Check out these ideas today. #processart #preschoolart

I hope that these ideas inspired you to try some new ways to use feathers for painting.  These methods are great art activities to use during units about birds, turkeys, Thanksgiving, or for any time of year.

Do you use another method to paint with feathers?  I would love to hear more ideas.


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