Homeschool Art Class

Rubber Band Prints

As a former art teacher in the public schools I am used to making something out of nothing.  A tiny and budget and 500 kids a week will make a teacher resourceful.  I’m no longer in the classroom but I still love taking junk and making it into something new!  Rubber band prints do exactly that!

You can use practically any found object to make a print. Empty out your pencil drawer and get started on these bold, graphic rubber band prints. 

Printmaking is hands down my favorite process because it can take so many forms.  You can use practically any found object to make a print.  Any size or shape of rubber bands will work for this project so empty out your pencil drawer and get started on these rubber band prints.

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Family Life, Homeschool

Internet Safety and Our Kids-What We Use & Why

I have a love hate with technology for my children.  I see the potential for technology to literally teach them anything they want to know.  Technology can connect them to the world in a way that wasn’t possible to imagine when I was a super awkward cool 12 years old walking around with my Discman. With a little internet safety savvy that big wide world/technology connection can continue being a positive!

Limits.  It's all about technology serving us and not the other way around.  We found a simple little tool that has helped us get a handle on internet safety.

Limits.  It’s all about technology serving us and not the other way around.  This is a difficult balance even as an adult.  We found a simple little tool that has helped us get a handle on internet safety and has ended the “five more minutes” argument.

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Best Growth Mindset Books for Kids

A fixed mindset implies that you are born with a fixed amount of talent and intelligence.  Whatever you can do today is pretty much what you will able to do in the future.  Kinda’ depressing, am I right?  A growth mindset implies that most skills and knowledge can be learned over time through perseverance and practice.  Keep trying and you’ll get it!  This collection of kids books  help to teach a growth mindset through fun stories.

Opening your children's eyes to a growth mindset is a great way to inspire a love of learning. These growth mindset books will help do just that!

Opening your children’s eyes (& maybe your own eyes) to a growth mindset is a great way to inspire a love of learning.  Practice, trial and failure, experimenting are all hallmarks of a growth mindset; and not coincidentally also qualities of the  great minds!

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Adinkra Symbols- Exploring Printmaking and Patterning through Traditional African Textiles

An “adinkra” is a visual symbol.  This traditional African textile dates back to the 1800’s.  Adinkra symbols were once printed on fabric in a grid pattern using a carved gourd.  This special fabric was reserved for royalty or spiritual leaders.  Today adinkra cloth is widely available and commercially printed on fabric, t-shirts and jewelry for everyone to wear and enjoy.Follow along as we use ancient art & modern materials to have some fun, adinkra style! This graphic style translates perfectly to a printmaking lesson.

This graphic style translates well to a successful printmaking lesson for any age.  Follow along as we use this ancient art & modern materials to have some fun, adinkra style!

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Family Life, Homeschool, Printables

Growth Mindset Quotes for Kids & Parents

Growth mindset is kind of a buzz word lately.  I’m all in when it comes to self help or anything that will inspire me to be a better version of myself.  This growth mindset idea really struck a nerve in me because it’s something I struggle with and I see popping up in my own kids.  These growth mindset quotes are just little snippets I like to remember to keep myself looking forward!

I love that what you know & what you can do can change at anytime!  This is exciting news, right? These growth mindset quotes are good reminders of just that

I’m not good at trying new things.  Let me rephrase that; I’m not good at trying new things in front of other people.  I love learning new things but I prefer time to process and practice them without an audience.  I hate being the center of attention and being at the center of an audience because I’m failing at something is something I try to avoid at all costs.

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Children’s Books about Art Elements

Children’s literature is my classic, go-to move for introducing new ideas to my kids; be it an art movement or a science concept.  Cuddling on the couch, reading out loud, soaking in the amazing illustrations that are available make it easy to enjoy!  Books about art for children are easy to find and some of the most fun to read!

Children's lit is my go-to move for introducing ideas to my kids; be it an art movement or a science concept. Books about art elements are no exception!

The elements of art have been a focus at our house and our homeschool co-op lately because they are such a good place to start.  The elements are the building blocks to teaching your kids how to make art, look at art, and talk about art.

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Introduction to the Element of Shape

Here’s the thing about the element of shape… kids draw shapes all the time.  Young children naturally draw in two dimensions.  There are some elements like form and space that can be little more daunting for a student of any age to really understand and illustrate.  But, shapes?  The element of shape can be explored  and enjoyed by even the youngest artist.

Kids draw shapes all the time.  Young children naturally draw in two dimensions. The element of shape can be explored  and enjoyed by the youngest artist.

Kids can sink their teeth into this element and enjoy identifying shapes in art work and their environment as well as making their own shapes!

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Kente Cloth Exploring Prints, Patterns, and Weaving through Traditional African Art

There is this beautiful brightly colored woven cloth known as kente cloth.  It has bright colors, snappy geometric patterns, and is fun to touch were you to get your hands on a piece.  All of these qualities make kente cloth a natural for inspiring art work in little people.

Kente cloth has bright colors, snappy geometric patterns.  All of these qualities make this woven cloth a natural for inspiring art work in little people.

Kente cloth originated in the west African country of Ghana.  It was originally worn by royalty, wealthy, or highly respected people.  Today it is worn by all, expeically for special occasions.  Men tended to wear it toga style; or tied over one shoulder.  Women traditionally wear kente cloth as a wraparound dress or skirt.

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