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July 17, 2017

Two Value Printed Portraits with Linocuts

Printmaking is  the bomb when it comes to art processes.  There are SO many ways to do it that range from process art made with materials nabbed from the recycle bin to processes that require a lengthy list of expensive supplies and a highly skilled artist.  This linocut portrait falls somewhere in the middle.  Ya’ need a little “stuff” but the process and result are SO worth it!

July 5, 2017

Lino Printmaking -An Easy Introduction to Linocut Art

Have you ever made linocut art before? Linocut is short for lino printmaking which is short for linoleum printmaking.  It’s a traditional form of printmaking that’s gotten loads easier and safer thanks to new materials.   This old fashioned process delivers super fun and modern results!

June 25, 2017

Chalk Prints New Art from Old Supplies

I love making something from nothing.  That may stem from my days as a classroom teacher when I saw five hundred kids a week with a minimal budget.   I love projects that use up scraps and bits and things that otherwise might get hidden in our craft cupboard never to be heard from again.  Chalk prints are perfect for that.

June 20, 2017

Paper Marbling with Kitchen Supplies

Art doesn’t have to be sophisticated or fancy or require advanced technical skill to be totally worth making.  I love introducing kids to art processes that are spontaneous and somewhat random in their results.  One, because everyone is successful and who doesn’t love that?  And two, because it’s fun.  This paper marbling definitely fits the bill.

June 15, 2017

Oil Pastel Painting -How to Blend Oil Pastels

If you’ve got a short list of art supplies oil to keep available for your kiddos oil pastels should make the cut.  They’re cheap, crazy vibrant, and can be used in dozens of ways!  This oil pastel painting technique, however, is a new one on my radar and it’s the perfect way to introduce kids to blending oil pastels and creating smooth color transitions!

June 12, 2017

Melted Crayon Process Art- Cool Fun for a Hot Day

When I was in college I had a special crockpot just for wax.  A little electric skillet was specially reserved for heating little glass jars of colored wax.  I no longer have such specialty gear as the time I devote to such projects no longer warrants it.  But I do remember that hot wax is a fun medium.  Melted crayon is the perfect way to introduce your kids to the fun of encaustic painting.

June 7, 2017

DIY “Glass” Charms from Shrink Plastic Sheets

Have you heard of dichroic glass?  It’s a colorful, artsy type of fused glass often used to make pendants and fancy schmancy jewelry you might find in an art gallery gift shop.  It’s good lookin’ stuff.  Learn to use shrink plastic sheets that mimic that fancy glass. No one will believe these flashy charms are plastic!  

May 31, 2017

Styrofoam Printmaking- Making Prints with Household Materials

If you’ve been the to The Kitchen Table Classroom before you may have caught on that printmaking is just about my favorite of all art process.  There are just so many different printmaking techniques and materials that an artist can use; each of which produce dramatically different results.  This styrofoam printmaking process uses materials you have on hand and is widely adaptable for age and skill level!

May 26, 2017

Bubble Recipe for DIY Homemade Giant Bubbles

Don’t we all have memories of blowing bubbles as a kid?  It’s a classic kid activity.  I also have some pretty sweet mom memories of blowing bubbles when my kids were just square, chubby toddlers.  This bubble recipe takes blowing bubbles to the next level.

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