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February 6, 2018

String Pull Art Creatures

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.

January 31, 2018

Mixing Secondary Colors- A Quick & Successful Exercise

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!  What are secondary colors and how to make them is a lesson suitable for any age!

January 5, 2018

Coffee Filter Snowflakes with Watercolors

This coffee filter snowflake project is perfect for the winter season.  While Santa Claus and Christmas trees are only appropriate in December these snowflakes celebrate the beauty of the entire winter season!  Coffee filters plus watercolors paints or even plain old food coloring will get you started!

November 9, 2017

Paint with Markers- Pine Tree Step by Step Tutorial

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.

September 11, 2017

Picasso for Kids- Turn Straw Blowing into Your Own Bouquet of Peace

I love process art for kids.  Why?  Because with process art there is no “right answer.” Not only is process art enjoyable it is encouraging!  This fun little project combines some fun straw blowing process art into a artwork loosely based on the infamous “Bouquet of Peace.”  Picasso for kids becomes easy, fun, and ever so pretty.  

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!

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