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Art School | Summer Sand Art

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

sand art - perfect for a summer vacation keepsake

Today’s art lesson is inspired by my family’s recent summer vacation to the Hawaiian Islands. The tropical islands have so much history and beauty, it took our breath away daily. The Hawaiian Islands are believed to be first settled by Polynesians who brought with them all the things that Hawaii is now known for, sugar cane, pigs, taro, chickens, coconuts, and sweet potato. One thing that the early settlers didn’t bring with them is sand. Sand in Hawaii is native to Hawaii! (more…)

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Art School | Doodle Art

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

doodle art lesson

We are going to do something really fun today and explore the world of doodling. Yes, there’s a whole doodling world out there! When I was researching artists for this lesson, I was blown away by the talent and creations of these artists. I came across an artist named Faith Georgia. (more…)

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Art School | Tessellations for Kids

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

teach kids how to make their own MC Escher inspired tessellations

This art lesson is a great mix for kids who love science or math, or both! First let’s explore the life of a famous artist named M.C. Escher. This Dutch graphic artist was born in 1898 and lived until 1972. He is known for his mathematically inspired woodcuts and drawings, some of which feature tessellations. What’s a tessellation? A tessellation is where you use one or more geometric shape (called tiles) with no overlaps and no gaps. It sounds simple, but they can be extremely complex! M.C. Escher became very interested in symmetry. Let’s take a look at one of his pieces called Bulldog. (more…)

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Art School | Explore Peru: Masks Inspired by the Inca Empire

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Masks inspired by the Inca Empire - art project by Deborah Harju of My Life at Playtime

Peru is such a culturally rich and beautiful country in South America. We have been exploring this land with my fourth grader’s class and I am learning so much I never knew! I’d love to share a little bit about the country of Peru with you all to set the scene for our art lesson today. (more…)

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Art School | Mexican Folk Art

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Mexican Folk Art Lesson for Kids featuring painting ceramics

Mexican Folk Art is one of my favorite types of art because each piece is so unique and different. No two are the same! It can be made from many materials and used for decorative or functional purposes. Some items you might see are wall hangings, metalworking, leather, weaving, pottery, toys, and lots more. Artists who specialize in this type of craft did not learn it in school, but rather have learned through apprenticeship. This is when a younger generation works alongside someone older who has worked in the field for many years and can pass down their methods and skills to the next artist.

Take a look at this gorgeous example of Mexican Folk Art in pottery. (more…)

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Art School | Finger Knitting (Video)

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

finger knitting tutorial with video and step-by-step instructions

Over the course of our Art School series, we’ve explored many different forms of art—from sculptures to wearable art, still life to masks, and collages to mosaics. Today we are going to add to this list by exploring an art form that people of all ages enjoy and has been around for many generations, and that is knitting. (more…)

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Art School | Face Paint: A Study in Art for All Ages

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

face painting art + social studies lesson

Face painting is a favorite activity for most kids and gets them excited no matter their age. But today we are going to do a little twist on the typical face paint by turning it into an art lesson, a social studies lesson and an exercise in fine motor skills. And for a bonus, your child will be doing the painting. Yes, you heard me right.

For this lesson your child will need: (more…)

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Art School | Cartooning with Organic Shapes

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

kids drawing lesson: dancing shapes

In art you will often find geometric shapes and organic shapes. What’s the difference?

Geometric shapes are things like circles, rectangles, triangles, etc. They have edges that are clear and we can often refer to them as ‘rigid’ (except in the circle).

Organic shapes are more curved and non-rigid. Their shape seems to flow and can be created with just your hand; no tools, like a ruler, necessary. They’re usually asymmetrical and can be found in the natural world. You can see them in fruits, plants, and animals. Today we are going to create some organic shapes. Shapes I like to maturely refer to as blobs. We’ll also learn a fun way to create ‘movement’ with our shapes.

You will need construction paper and oil pastels for today’s lesson. That’s it! (more…)

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