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Monday, September 5, 2011

Shadow Dance Painting

CJ traces Sofie's shadow with sidewalk chalk--they'll fill in the details with sidewalk paint.
Photo credits:  Seth Chrisman

Explore the movement of the sun as you create one-of-a-kind shadow dance paintings. The model holds a dance pose while the tracer uses chalk to outline the dancer.  On the day we tried this, the sun was peeking in and out of the clouds--so we had to act fast--or the shadows disappeared!

Here's What You Need:

A sunny day
At least one model and one tracer, to trace each other's shadows
Side-walk chalk
Ingredients for sidewalk paint:  (washes off with the next rain, or a hose)
For each color:
3/4 cup warm water
1 cup powdered milk
1/4 teaspoon food coloring
small jar with lid
containers for each color of paint
sponge-tipped paint brushes
CJ mixes ingredients for sidewalk paint
Here's What You Do:
*Put the warm water, powdered milk and food coloring in a jar.  Shake well to mix. Make several colors and pour into open containers.  We used sponge-tipped paint brushes, but any kind will work.
*Find a nice open spot with concrete, like a driveway.
*One dancer poses and another traces the shadow--then switch roles.
*When the outlines are complete, use the sidewalk paint to fill in clothing details, add hair, facial features, etc.
Sofie paints her shadow dance pose


  1. I am so very excited your SIL advertised your blog! Can't wait to try out your fun activities!!

  2. Thank you, Geer family! I'm so glad that you like the site and I hope that you find lots of fun things to do together. It's very exciting to me that a family from the Dominican Republic is following me. One of my favorite books is "In the Time of the Butterflies," by Julia Alvarez, set in the Dominican Republic in the time of Trujillos' dictatorship.....have you read it?