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.
For kids learning the elements of art is kind of like learning their ABC’s. The elements are simple little ideas, pieces that work together to make something bigger. Teaching the elements of art for kids doesn’t need to be intimidating.
Talk about art, look at art, make art, use art words. Doing these things when your kids are little will allow your kids to grow into adults than can express themselves creatively and appreciate the artwork of others. Teaching these basic building blocks of art is a great place to start!
The concept of value in art has many possible definitions. For most kids the idea of value in art may bring to mind a valuable painting they saw in a museum or maybe even a good deal on a new set of paints.
But the element of value is really all about the lightness or darkness of a color; be it black or any other color.
The elements of art and principles of designs are building blocks of any art education!
The element of space is a pretty special one. It’s that secret ingredient that makes art go from coloring book outlines to art that looks like you could reach out and touch it.
As kids get older they tend to get a little more hesitant to create art. They begin to notice how their “ability” stacks up to the artist next to them. It’s not lost on them when their artwork doesn’t look much like the teacher example hanging at the front of the room.
The element of space helps kids create realism!
Using the tips included in the printable below gives kids distinct steps to create the illusion of depth in their artwork, and thereby some realism! Having some tools to draw from gives kids the courage to keep making art!
Printmaking is hands down my favorite art activity. Little kids, big kids, professionals, and non artists can all find something they enjoy in the super varied world of printmaking. It is the least intimidating of art media (at least to me) because no drawing skill is required! It can be as simple as these potato prints; carve, paint, and print!
This printmaking activity is as simple as you want it to be. I’ve seen some super sophisticated art (see book below) that started life as a potato. Your kiddos can be involved at whatever level you are comfortable with. I let my six and eight year old wield their own paring knives and go to town but the carving part can also be done by an adult.
Play dough is a classic first art material. This two ingredient edible play dough improves on the classic simply because it is homemade! And let’s face it store bough play dough already gets stuck in every crevice of your kitchen floor. If things are gonna get a little messy anyways your kids might as well make a memory along the way!
We’ve done lots of recipes for flubber, putty, slime, and play dough at my house. This one for two ingredient edible play dough is a favorite that we have made over and over.
Texture is the feel or consistency of a surface. Making the connection between texture and art ought to be easy. Kids touch everything! Reaching out and touching things is one of the very first ways a child gathers information about their world. Texture is something a child can feel with their sense of touch.
Texture has always been one of the trickier elements to discuss with kids, in my opinion. I can unroll an art print and talk about the texture the artist created with thick oil paints. As a class we can discuss the rough, loose weave of a piece of fabric in a photo. Meanwhile the print and the photo are printed on slick, glossy paper. Huh, what?