Spring is coming, I promise. I live in Ohio so this time of year I have to keep saying that out loud to convince myself as the cold wind whips outside. These floral mandalas don’t require any help from Mother Nature but will totally brighten your mood just like the real thing.
Color mixing is one of the things that can be explored at any age, any intensity, and over and over without getting stale. This quick color mixing exercise can be done with just a couple of supplies that are easy to find at the local dollar store- so you can try it today!
String pull art is about as process oriented as art gets. You get to make a few choices then it’s all action and a bit of chance. These fun little creatures start by pulling a string but take it a bit further by adding some details to create some funky looking creatures.
Color is one of my favorite topics to focus on when teaching little people. Everyone can relate to color! If identifying primary colors is an obvious place to start then mixing secondary colors is an obvious next step!
My kids adore giving gifts. Sometimes being the giver is almost more fun than getting a present yourself. Wrapping it up in homemade wrapping paper is extra special touch for that just right gift your kiddo has picked out!
Vibrant bursts of color turn groovy radial designs using this little permanent marker trick on any cotton fabric item. Think t-shirts, wall hangings, tea towels. This method is a treasure trove of gifting ideas as well as an easy group activity!
I’m all for free form, creative process art. In fact most of my lessons are very open ended. But I also believe it’s good for kids to learn some basic tools or skills that they can then use in their own art in their own way. This pine tree tutorial includes a few simple directed drawing steps plus the fun addition of color using the super simple (and not messy) paint with markers technique.
Tie dye is a favorite at my house. We don’t do it terribly often because it is a big, stinkin’ deal. Usually it involves a sunny day, buckets, and a hose. Traditional tie dye is an outside only affair at our house. This tissue paper tie dye is a whole new animal though.
Plop, fold, and squish away to make these super not-scary monsters. While kids are working away they’re actually picking up a new art concept-symmetry!