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Impressionism for Kids: Finger-painting with Monet

Last week, my Fine Art for Kids preschool class learned about Impressionism, looking at images by Monet and studying his Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies. We talked about what an “impression” is, and how we all perceive the world differently. We discussed the Impressionists' tendency to paint in groups, depicting the same subject… Continue reading Impressionism for Kids: Finger-painting with Monet

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art · Crafting · preschool

Preschool Art Class: Making “Ish” Art

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

Crafting · preschool

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

Paper plate aquariums

ARTY MOMMY

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!

ORIGINAL POST AND TUTORIAL:

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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art · Crafting · preschool

Watercolor Painting with Color Wonder Markers — WOW! 

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! 

art · Crafting · preschool

Resist Printing for Kids with Shaving Cream

Miss R takes great pride in her artistic output. But, like every artist, there are always those projects that shine brightly -- ones she's especially pleased with and wants to try again and again. Lately, the shimmery gems in her oeuvre -- the works that make her giddy with self-admiration -- are those created through resist… Continue reading Resist Printing for Kids with Shaving Cream

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Disconnected, Overrun, and DIY Jupiter Juice “Blood”

*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”