The elements of art are kinda’ a big in deal in my art teacher-y opinion. They are the basics, the bread and butter of making and talking about art. Use these elements of art posters and huge bundle of other resources to get started ASAP!
Watercolor paints are some of the most accessible art materials out there. Any dollar store or grocery store carries them. Clean up is minimal. Two wins, right? What if I told you I have nine watercolor techniques for your kiddos to try that will bring new life to that tray of dried up watercolor paints?
Tissue paper art, or painting with tissue paper is a favorite activity of mine, mostly because activity transcends age. It can be done by the littlest artists or it can grow into part of a more sophisticated process for an older artists.
Writing comes fairly easily to me as an adult. But trying to teach writing in our homeschool is a different story. Writing is such a personal endeavor. Whether you’re an adult or a child it takes lots of courage to put yourself out there with written words on a page. We’ve been through two writing programs and may not have found the perfect fit even yet.
Although we are only on our second year of homeschooling we are on our third homeschool writing curriculum. I’m not sure that we’ve found the perfect fit even yet. History programs; we’ve seen two. You get the idea….what we do is fluid. (That’s fancy talk for I change my mind. A lot.)
I’ve never been big on making New Year’s resolutions. I don’t know that I’ve ever made one in my life except when prompted by a teacher’s request upon return to school from Christmas break. I’m not planning on coaxing my kids write down silly rules for themselves that they have no intention of keeping for the sake of making them “better” in the coming year. That’s not what these new years printables are for!
As a homeschool mom I get the chance to know my kids pretty well and I love being able to present them with opportunities to learn that really mesh with their passions. Seeing their appreciation and enthusiasm about their educational choices is so affirming. Ha, ha, ha.
We’ve made and decorated real ginger bread cookies in past years. We’ve tried faux gingerbread art clay recipes. The boxed gingerbread house has even made an appearance at our house a time or two. But this year we decided to try something new. Gingerbread ornaments made with cork!
Obviously these aren’t edible, nor are any of the materials used to decorate. But cork sheets are easily cut into shapes and provides a nice stable backing for any decorations you choose to add! And as an added bonus when you open the box of Christmas decorations next year you wont find any gingerbread crumbs down in the corner of your box of special ornaments.
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.
Bowls, Platters, and Ornaments to Make with Peppermint Candy
So, I have to be honest here. I have seen ornament made out of peppermint candy here and there on the world wide web. Easy. Simple. Not really, as it turns out. Because, cracking. We had a lot of cracking, some serious stickiness, and maybe a few tears. But, trial and error led us to some really pretty pieces that my kids are excited to give as gifts this Christmas. So to save you all some peppermints and tears I will share our tricks!
To start this project off there is lots of eating, and unwrapping, and more eating. I always thought of peppermints as a bit of a punishment but it turns out my kids love them. We unwrapped, ate, and looked forward to this super simple craft. (One that wasn’t even supposed to be blog worthy because there is nothing to it. )
Printmaking is one of my favorite processes with kids because its just so simple and fun. Lego prints are a natural since Lego’s come in so many shapes and sizes! Prep work is slim since all you have to do is head over to the Lego bin and grab some black paint!