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
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
Miss R has recently become interested in secrets. Anything promised to be insider information is appealing to her -- so much so that she'll often tell me she has a secret, motion me to come over to her, only to whisper gibberish in my ear. Her hope is that I'll play along and theatrically decipher… Continue reading Invisible Ink Painting
You guys!! I'm pretty obsessed with the project I'm about to share with you. A couple of months back, I interviewed Steve Palmer, a psychologist-painter, for a featured artist column in a newspaper (you can read that article here). I was quite drawn to his artistic process and glass paintings, which he refers to as "Liquid… Continue reading Translucent Twist Up (Stained Glass Painting for Kids)
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.
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
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)