This week's installment of my preschool fine art class was based upon the teachings found in Peter Reynolds’ Ish. Ish is a continuation of The Dot -- the book that started it all for my little class of budding artistes. Ish is about a young artist who adores drawing — anytime, anywhere, anything — until his big brother… Continue reading Preschool Art Class: Making “Ish” Art
My first lesson for the Preschool Fine Art enrichment course was a success! The class introduces young artists to art historical movements, techniques and concepts, while demonstrating art's expressive capacity. The students and I had so much fun creating together, and I wanted to share their work and process here. For our first session, I… Continue reading Resist Painting inspired by Peter Reynolds’ “The Dot”
Yesterday I mentioned that we're on a liquid watercolor kick over here at chez R. I'll be sharing a few of my favorite projects in the next few days, and here's one you may not have seen before (I'd never heard of or thought of it until we tried it): Watercolor Resist Painting using Color Wonder… Continue reading Watercolor Painting with Color Wonder Markers — WOW!
I'm a bit shocked that my five years of art-centered parenthood have been largely devoid of liquid watercolors -- an art-making, creative staple. We have a bountiful and ever-growing art supply stash, and welcoming liquid watercolors into the mix was long overdue. They're so vibrant! And washable! And easy to paint with! And versatile! I'm… Continue reading Exploring Texture: Stained “Glass” for Kids with Wax Paper, Crayons and Watercolors
Milk is pretty magical, right? I mean, what else can provide enough nourishment to sustain a life? I'm sure both of my girls will attest to milk's awesomeness -- after all, miss R indulged in my liquid gold for 2+ years and baby K is still holding strong. But little did my girls know how… Continue reading Magically Colored Milk — and Art, of course
A few years ago, long before baby K and on the heels of a play date for miss R, I decided to turn our dining room into a playroom. The first couple years of R's life included A LOT of toy pileup in our living room (still my reality) and I was determined to create… Continue reading Upcycle their ART: DIY Coasters!
Making and viewing art enhances one’s ability to excel -- socially, professionally and academically. So why is it that today, in the United States, the extinction of art in schools is spreading like wild fire? It seems to be treated like the flowery and trivial cousin of math and science, despite the fact that there… Continue reading Art is Important — And Our Children Need It