This week's preschool art class provided another joyful and enriching sensory experience. Our "brushes" were spray bottles of liquid watercolors, and we continued to experiment with resist painting -- the concept of which my tiny artists are beginning to grasp after lots of exposure (see this project and this project). Before explaining our process, I'd like… Continue reading Spray Painting for Kids: Stunning Process Art & Sensory Fun
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 involves several different steps. Check out our updated pics, and scroll on down for the original tutorial. Baby K enjoyed being a kindergartener and was mostly cooperative!
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Before R ventured out to the aquarium with her Mimi and Papa Deedee this am, she wanted to swim under the sea — so to speak. I had woken up feeling capable of orchestrating artyness, with my half-opened eye on a specific project (I intended for us to createthe festive and pinky-pretty heart wreath byblogger extraordinaire The Fancy Elephant Life). But R decided…
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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
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
All signs are pointing to baby K following the path of her big sis as a petite artiste. She demands (in no uncertain way) to be a part of every activity we do. But when we're dealing with slime-making supplies or other less-than-taste-friendly materials, it's a constant struggle to grab toxic items from her tiny… Continue reading Tasting Painting: Edible Art
Miss R and I were hard at work today on arty-crafty-slimey projects. One positive result of being internet deprived is that there's more (too much?) time for hands-on activities. I'd like to say that my family is becoming more Zen-minded and present and less device-attached, but in truth we're all going a bit crazy. Still,… Continue reading Nebula Painting on Glass: Fine Art for Kids
*For quick access to the Jupiter Juice recipe, scroll on down. Since returning from our two-week-long summer sojourn back east, we've been living in a house overrun by wildlife and without access to the outside world. At least, that's what it feels like. Here's the recap. First off, the bobcats returned while we were gone… Continue reading Disconnected, Overrun, and DIY Jupiter Juice “Blood”
Since we're still on our summer "holiday" visiting family back east, most of the time I'm responsible for only one of my two children. Right now, for example, miss R is playing a game with her MiMi while I sit in the sun room watching, listening to and smelling the torrential rain just outside the… Continue reading Tissue Paper Tape Resist Painting
Summertime is in full swing over here. After wiping sweat beads away from my forehead, burning my legs on my car's black leather seat, and spewing insults at the heavy and thick 105 degree weather, I vowed to stay inside as much as possible. So here we are, cool and comfortable and messy -- making… Continue reading Marble Shake Painting