art · Crafting · preschool

Kaleidoscopic Shaving Cream Painting

This project involves multi-sensory fun and renders gloriously dynamic paintings. Really, the resulting imagery -- MADE BY A KID -- recalls the best Abstract Expressionism. It reminds us of gazing through a kaleidoscope lens.

Crafting · preschool · sahm

Explosive Heart Art: Fizzy Painting 

Yesterday was Sunday, the day of 'murca's venerated Super Bowl. We partook in the pageantry by attending a party at a dear friend's house, where we all ate lots of yummies and I glanced up at the enormous television for about 2 whole minutes. Prior to the gathering, we had a quiet Sunday with nothing… Continue reading Explosive Heart Art: Fizzy Painting 

preschool · sahm

PAPER PLATE AQUARIUM: Come Swim Under the Sea with Me!

Miss R's kinder class is learning all about oceans this month, so I volunteered to come in and lead an ocean-themed art project. This one fit the bill perfectly, and the kids loved it! It worked well for a group project, though I was grateful that the teacher was there to help since the activity… Continue reading PAPER PLATE AQUARIUM: Come Swim Under the Sea with Me!

art · Empowering Art

Words, Pictures, You (*Empowering Art Series)

We’re all familiar with the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Today, in an age predicated on technology and social media, this may be more true than ever. We are witness to thousands of images everyday -- many of which are advertisements, some of which are pictures posted by “friends” on a variety… Continue reading Words, Pictures, You (*Empowering Art Series)

art · Empowering Art

Seeing Sound (*Empowering Art Series)

Have you ever smelled something that instantly brought you back to a particular memory? Do you associate a day of the week with a color, or a feel? If so, you’re at least loosely familiar with synesthesia --  a term derived from the Greek words “together” and “sensation” (syn and aisthesis). Psychologists understand synesthesia as… Continue reading Seeing Sound (*Empowering Art Series)

art · Empowering Art

A Tale of Two Selves (Enriching your Life through Art)

Engaging with art inevitably sheds light on who we are -- what we’re feeling, what we’re attracted to, what enlivens us. The act of looking deeply at art generates such reflection, and the act of making it engenders a more primal type of self-observation, as the artwork itself produces a tangible, visible documentation. When young… Continue reading A Tale of Two Selves (Enriching your Life through Art)

Crafting · preschool

Autumn Crafts (It’s Fall now, right?)

Our daytime highs are still hitting 80+ degrees, but the calendar says it's Fall (and so do all consumer hotspots teeming with pumpkin aromas and expensive cotton masked as spiderwebs). I'm a sucker for everything in Target's dollar spot and I get pretty excited when there's a new array of seasonally appropriate cheapies. So when… Continue reading Autumn Crafts (It’s Fall now, right?)