For Kids, Printmaking June 25, 2017

Chalk Prints New Art from Old Supplies

I love making something from nothing.  That may stem from my days as a classroom teacher when I saw five hundred kids a week with a minimal budget.   I love projects that use up scraps and bits and things that otherwise might get hidden in our craft cupboard never to be heard from again.  Chalk prints are perfect for that.

For Mamas, Homeschool June 22, 2017

Coding Books for Kids: A New Kind of Literacy

Are literacy skills and technology really enemies?  Could screens really be the death of imaginative play and creative thinking?  Technology can be a time suck, even an addiction for young, smushy brains (or forty year old brains, for that matter.)   Using some creative resources, such as these coding books for kids, can ensure that you child stays on top of the technology curve while growing their own literacy and problem solving skills.

For Kids, Painting 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.

Drawing, For Kids, Painting 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!

For Kids, Painting June 12, 2017

Melted Crayon Process Art- Cool Fun for a Hot Day

When I was in college I had a special crockpot just for wax.  A little electric skillet was specially reserved for heating little glass jars of colored wax.  I no longer have such specialty gear as the time I devote to such projects no longer warrants it.  But I do remember that hot wax is a fun medium.  Melted crayon is the perfect way to introduce your kids to the fun of encaustic painting.

For Kids, Printmaking May 31, 2017

Styrofoam Printmaking- Making Prints with Household Materials

If you’ve been the to The Kitchen Table Classroom before you may have caught on that printmaking is just about my favorite of all art process.  There are just so many different printmaking techniques and materials that an artist can use; each of which produce dramatically different results.  This styrofoam printmaking process uses materials you have on hand and is widely adaptable for age and skill level!

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