Archive for the ‘Art School’ Category
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
If you are anything like me, you long for summer to come and then when it arrives you wonder how you can add just the right amount of routine into your days! My family thinks I’m crazy. I hate the hustle and bustle of school days but am not satisfied with long days in front of the television either. Creating, researching and making can be the simple bridge between those two extremes. These summertime tips and art projects can do wonders for kids’ imaginations and add just the right amount of routine into your summer days.
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
The end of the school year is upon us and our family likes to thank those that were important people in our children’s lives. This year we decided to make some fun 3D cards to send with a giftcard. These would make great cards for any occasion such as graduations, culminations, anniversaries, you name it! These cards will bring a smile to someone’s face.
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Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Have you ever taken your child on an adventure to an art museum? Or is your first instinct to gasp and declare “that is no place for a child!” We’re pretty certain not many of you would side with the latter, but there might be a little hesitancy for some. Art museums have a reputation for being stuffy, quiet, and a place designed for adults and serious art aficionados. Well, we’re going to change that today with a few tips on how to have a successful art museum visit with your child.
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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
Does the idea of doing an art project with your kids stress you out? I get it. The mess, the prep, the supplies, the directions, the meltdowns, the mess…oh wait, I think I said that already. To help ease that stress, we’ve put together a simple guide to finding the joy in art at home. (more…)
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
Growing up, my family didn’t have an art closet, an art cart, or even an art shelf for supplies. It was something my sister and I enjoyed at school. We both went to a very progressive elementary school with a full time art teacher and art studio. That’s not the norm across America today. Unfortunately art is slashed from school budgets to make even more room for “academic” subjects. This is all the more reason why we should make time for art at home. Here are just five of the many benefits of art for our kids: (more…)
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
Each year my children’s classes are assigned a country to explore including: the foods, the arts, music, geography, language, government, and economy. My fifth grader’s class was assigned U.S.A. and I thought to myself, “Well this is going to be interesting.” Then I asked myself how I could get them excited about a place they already know so well. Enter American artists, Jackson Pollock. He is a famous American painter that we had yet to explore, and he was my ticket to the kids’ excitement. (more…)
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
Do you ever find yourself looking at Pinterest, when something makes you pause that scrolling finger and say, “Hey, I think I could actually make that!” And you know it wouldn’t end up a disaster and might even resemble the inspiration photo? That happened with this fun project, and I decided it would make a great art and science lesson.
My inspiration came from here. I would recommend this activity for a wide variety of ages (e.g. preschool through elementary). Adjust the level of research and involvement in making the winter scene based on your child’s age. (more…)
Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
“An elementary school that treats the arts as the province of a few gifted children, or views them only as recreation and entertainment, is a school that needs an infusion of soul. The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic.”
–William Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education
Whoa! Deborah had the kids creating a lot of art this year inspired by nature, history, other artists and cultures. Not a bad way to spend a year. Click on any of the links below to get the lesson and be inspired. Long live art!
Clay Tablet | Magazine Art | Stained Glass | Natural Dyes | Cartooning | Body/Face Painting | Finger Knitting | Mexican Folk Art | Ancient Peruvian Masks | Tessellations | Doodle Art | Sand Art | Artist Study: Paul Klee | Solar Printing | Sculpture | Japanese Watercolor | Nature Collage | Cave Paintings