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Make Art, Not Stress! 5 Steps for Making Kids Art Projects Fun

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Guide to taking the stress out of kids art projects

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…)

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Why Do Kids Need Art? We’ll Give You 5 Reasons

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

5 reasons kids need art

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…)

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Jackson Pollock Art Lesson for Kids

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

This Jackson Pollock art lesson and project is great for one kid or a group. It is also great for an art themed birthday party. Send party goers home with a piece of the canvas!

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…)

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Snow Globe Science: Arctic Animals

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

arctic winter snow globe science craft

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…)

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A Year of Art – 2014 Edition

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

18 art projects for your kids from Classic Play

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

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Art School | Native American Cave Painting

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Native American Cave Painting art project for kids

Depending on where your children attend school, they probably learn about Native Americans that are indigenous to their region. Usually here in America fourth grade is the year they learn all about these important tribes and cultures, but that might vary from school to school.

For my Southern Californian kids, the Chumash Native Americans are a large part of their social studies. For today’s lesson we explore the cave paintings of the Chumash, but you can easily adapt this to the local Native Americans where you live, or if you are in another country, you can adapt this to indigenous people locally. (more…)

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10 Winter Art Projects For Kids

Monday, November 24th, 2014

10 Amazing winter art projects for kids

Brr! It’s getting chilly out there. While I’m not a huge fan of the cold (read: no fan at all) I must admit that I love a season dedicated to all things cozy and bright. Plus, it’s a season full of artistic inspiration! Here are 10 amazing art projects for your kids that celebrate all things winter.

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Art School | Nature Friends Collage

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

fall friends nature collage activity - great way to get kids tuned into nature and combine outdoor time with art

Autumn is in full force where we live, and I’m guessing it is for you as well. Leaves have changed and the ground is covered with all sorts of lovely nature bits and pieces. Today’s collage is going to be full of leaves, bark, twigs, seeds, pretty much anything you would find on a nature walk. So pull on those sweaters and head on out for a nice hike or walk around your neighborhood and see what you can collect. (more…)

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