Positive and negative space can be tricky concepts to teach. The Japanese art of notan, some simple leaf shapes, and a quick intro to complementary colors is a fun way to explore the idea.
Weaving paper is an elementary skill that is important but is no joke to teach. Take that simple skill to the next level with this concept of weaving together two similar paintings.
Paper weaving is a simple and inexpensive way to teach young kids the basics of weaving. This can be a tricky skill to teach (and learn) but starting with a few simple tips will help your young artist to be successful!
Notan is a Japanese word for the interaction between light and dark. This project uses paper and pen to create some simple but stunning Notan paper art.
Christmas is over but here in the Midwest we still have a lot of winter left. A lot. Rather than grumble about the cold temps and slushy roads let’s celebrate winter by making snowflake art. Check out these five different ways and different materials to make some brilliant snowflakes of your own!
Texture is an element of art that really speaks to kids because they can feel it with their fingers, literally. These texture rubbings are going to translate actual textures into bold patterns using oil pastel and tissue paper. Add in the concept of creating rhythm and contrast within an artwork and you’ve got yourself a winner of a lesson.
This mixed media winter collage provides experience with watercolor techniques, tearing, cutting, gluing, and printmaking. Layering all of these processes into one artwork creates a finished artwork that looks more sophisticated than any of the simple parts of which it’s made!
You guys know that art that must be done precisely is not my jam. I’m more of a make it up as I go kind of girl. But some things are worth being precise. These paper snowflake ornaments fall into that category. You must follow a few simple directions and you get beautiful intricate amazingness. Totally worth it.
Let me start by saying I am not a master of origami. Projects requiring precise instructions in order to produce results usually result in me throwing my hands in the air. This little origami bookmark has just a few easy steps and offers lots of possibilities.