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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 can sink their teeth into this element and enjoy identifying shapes in art work and their environment as well as making their own shapes!
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 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.
Until I got to college I can honestly say my knowledge of the element of form consisted of making little cubes and those clever bubble letters that looked vaguely thee dimensional. I know for certain I could not have told what really qualified something to be a “form” as opposed to a shape.
Although the element of form may seem a little tricky it’s really simple. A shape is flat. A form takes up space in the room. Form is three dimensional and has volume.
The real fun begins when students are old enough to understand the bigger concept; that the “idea” of form can be drawn on a two dimensional paper.
This homemade harmonica is a blast if you don’t mind a little background noise. Even if you do, they are such a hoot they are worth making! Open the back door and kick your kiddos outside to enjoy the fruits of their labor!
I used to teach art in the public schools. As a homeschool mama I am all over including the creative arts in our days. Well, the visual side of the creative arts anyways. We look at art, talk about art, make art. But music??? Ummm, we do listen to it. Does that count? When it comes to music my biggest talent is turning on Pandora.
Tissue paper art, or painting with tissue paper is a favorite activity of mine, mostly because activity transcends age. It can be done by the littlest artists or it can grow into part of a more sophisticated process for an older artists.
And, relaxing…… something about this soothes my nerves. Choosing colors and painting water over them. Watching the water smooth hem down and colors bleed together.