When a stranger or acquaintance asks one of my kids if they are on summer break yet I can count on my kid to break out the puppy dog eyes. They will most likely respond with a pitiful “We don’t get a summer break. We’re homeschoolers.” Ha. Technically you could say we do year round school.
It’s true, we do not take the entire summer off. But it’s not as rough as those little people would have you believe. Once we get in our summer groove it’s easy stuff. School is just a art of what they do each week, on their own time.
Contentment is defined as a state of happiness or satisfaction. That ought to be easy, right? Life is mostly good in these parts. In all honesty I am blessed beyond belief. kids, husband, family, friends, home, vacation. Life truly is good.
I blab constantly to my amazing, yet sometimes spoiled kids, about how great their lives are and how they should be more grateful, more content. Easier said than done.
We aren’t big on elaborate gifts for holidays like Mother’s Day and Father’s day here at our house. We try to make it a special day which mostly involves scheming on the kids part and handmade gifts. These fathers day free printables are a simple way for your child to make a special keepsake gift.
When my husband and I met we were young; the first day of our first year of college. There was never anyone else after that day. It’s been “us” ever since.
We joke about what percentage of relationships that began the first day of college and are still going almost twenty years later.
I didn’t always consider myself to be an “artist.” Although I get great joy from making things I’ve never felt like I had reached “real artist” status. I’m not a suffering artist or a starving artist. My artwork doesn’t have much of an underlying societal or intellectual meaning. But I do like making my world and the world of those around me a little more pleasant, a little more beautiful. Let these artist quotes encourage each of you to embrace creativity in whatever form suits you!
I liked art class in grade school and high school. I was neat and good at following directions, which was basically what it takes to succeed at “art” in the school setting. What I love about these artist quotes is they inspire us to go beyond the following of directions; beyond the making of a “craft.” These artist quotes are there to encourage that little spark of an artist inside of you to take a risk and make something today!
The principles of design can be a little abstract which can make them tricky to introduce to kids. But once kids understand that these principles are just tools that artists use it all falls into place.
When I say tools I don’t mean a specific medium or a type paintbrush. In this case tools is more akin to “tricks.” How an artist gets a viewer to look at a certain spot or gets the viewers eyes to move across an entire work of art is the “trick” in this case. Many artists do this instinctively and without naming the process. But knowledge is power. Knowing the terminology and reasoning behind these principles is a good place to start in an art education!
Those of you that frequent Kitchen table Classroom often know that teaching through books is kinda my thing. Finding quality books about artists written directly to and for kids is the perfect introduction to an art history education.
Finding books about artists has never been easier or more fun. There are just so many quality options to choose from. This list is specific to series of books. Pick a series, any series.
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!
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’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.