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Talking and Writing about Art – the Edgar Degas Edition

Wanna talk art history with your kids?  Then ballerinas and race horses are a good place to start, right?  Edgar Degas has lots to offer in terms of work that is kid friendly and sure to spur a conversation.

Everything you need is right here for an entire lesson Edgar Degas lesson.  Read some books, look at his art work, write, and talk. 

Everything you need is right here for an entire lesson Degas lesson.  Read some books, look at his art work, write, and talk.  Maybe your kiddo will even be inspired to make some work of their own.

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Printing Patterns with a Collograph

“Ta ta, I’m off to make some collographs.”  So fancy, right?  While collograph may sound like a fancy art term the process itself is as simple (and gratifying) as can be.

A collograph is simply a print made from a collage of materials.  In this case we used cardboard and focused on creating simple patterns.  Follow along!A collograph is simply a print made from a collage of materials.   So you’re looking to make a somewhat flat collage that can be rolled with ink or paint and then printed onto paper.  In this case we used cardboard and focused on creating simple patterns.  Follow along!

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Education Quotes- Free Printables to Inspire a Love of Learning

  Whether you’re a homeschool mama (like me,) or a classroom teacher (also me,) or mom that is excited to learn alongside her kids (me too, me too) I hope these education quotes can help you illustrate your love of learning!

Passing a love of reading and learning on to our four kids is a big deal to me.I hope these education quotes can help you illustrate that desire to learn!

I have always had a love of learning.  When I was young there was a note on file at our small town local library that I was allowed to check out anything I wanted, not just kid’s books as the librarian suggested.  I wanted to read it all.  Passing that love of reading and learning on to our four kids is a big deal to me.

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Talking and Writing about Art- the Henri Rousseau Edition

What kid isn’t fascinated by the jungle?  And is there a subject matter that translates to inspiring kid’s own artwork more easily?  Henri Rousseau is a natural when it comes to getting kids talking about art!

What kid isn't fascinated by the jungle?Henri Rousseau is a natural when it comes to getting kids talking about art! Free printable study is included!

Henri Rousseau was a French Post Impressionist painter with a life story that kids will find relatable and a body of art work they will find exciting!  Dig in!

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The Foil Print- Easy Monoprints with Reusable Printing Plates

When you think of art supplies does aluminum foil pop right into your head?  No?  Well then, you’re pretty normal.  Knowing me and my penchant for making art from household supplies this weird foil print idea shouldn’t surprise you at all!

These are foil print monoprints.  That means you will only to be able to make one of each image.The foil doesn't make the print but creates a printing plate.

These are foil print monoprints.  That means you will only to be able to make one of each image.  Hence, the prefix “mono.”  The foil doesn’t make the print.  The foil creates a printing plate for the image to be made on.  And it can be used over and over.  Follow along.

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Paper Mache Animal Heads- Creating Form through Sculpture

The difference between shape and form can be a tricky one for kids to understand.  The simplest and most direct way to make sense of it is to actually make forms!  Leave the shapes on the drawing table and gather up some junk and get busy with these paper mache animal heads.

The difference between shape and form can be a tricky one for kids to understand. Leave the shapes on the table make forms with these paper mache animals.

These animal busts are a great exercise in thinking three dimensionally but they are also just so darn cute.  They don’t have to be perfect, either.  A little roughness just adds to their primitive appeal.  These are gonna hang on my wall for a long time to come.

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Found Object Printmaking From Trash to Treasure

Do you encourage digging through the recycling at your house?  How about the trash?  Both are fair game here and if they’re not at your house you may change your mind soon.  Found object printmaking literally turns your trash into treasure.

Do you encourage digging through the recycling at your house? Found object printmaking literally turns your trash into treasure.

I’ve got some ideas here to get you started but that’s all they are, ideas.  You can literally make a print of anything you’re willing to coat in paint and make a mark with.  Once your kiddos start thinking like a printmaker they won’t wanna’ stop!

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Talking and Writing About Art -the Vincent Van Gogh Edition

Do you wanna grab your kid’s attention when introducing the idea of talking and writing about a famous artist?  Then Vincent Van Gogh is a perfect place to start!

Do you wanna grab your kid's attention when introducing the idea of writing about a famous artist?  Then Vincent Van Gogh is a perfect place to start!

A quick look at his life and you can see this Dutch Post Impressionist was anything but boring.  Tragic and unfortunate, yes.  But also fascinating and relatable in that he was not celebrated in his day at all!

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