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May 15, 2017

Paint Scrape Art-Process Art for Everyone

Paint scrape art doesn’t take much in the way of materials.  This process can be as basic or sophisticated as you want it to.  That means that anyone from toddlers to adults can take part in this fun process art activity.

April 22, 2017

Rubber Band Prints- Printmaking with Office Supplies

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!

April 14, 2017

Adinkra Symbols- Exploring Printmaking and Patterning through Traditional African Textiles

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.

March 20, 2017

Homemade Harmonica- A Homemade Instrument

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!

February 14, 2017

Potato Prints- An Intro to the Art of Printmaking

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!

January 24, 2017

Paper Marbling with Shaving Cream

Paper marbling is an art that has been around for centuries.  Years ago there were fancy chemical cocktails and extensive processes to get those beautiful colors to float on a medium, swirl together, and then stick to paper.  Today were going to explore the ancient art of paper marbling and you’re not even going to have to open your craft cupboard.

December 12, 2016

Bead Crafts with Pony Beads

Pony beads are cheap an can be found about anywhere.  Couple that with their bright colors and perfect for little finger size and you’ve got a winning art material!  Bead crafts here we come! 

My kiddos and I started making ornaments (or sun catchers depending on the time of the year.)  We quickly realized there was plenty of fun ways to manipulate these little boogers and turn them into something unrecognizable.

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