For Kids, Printmaking December 6, 2016

Printmaking with Legos- a Simple Lego Craft

Printmaking is one of my favorite processes with kids because its just so simple and fun.  Since Lego’s come in so many shapes and sizes they lend themselves perfectly to printmaking!  This Lego craft is a natural   Prep work is slim since all you have to do is head over to the Lego bin and grab some black paint!

For Kids, Paper Arts November 22, 2016

Matisse Collages Drawing with Scissors

Matisse is one of my favorite artists to introduce to young kids.  Bright colors and exciting shapes make his work easy for kids to relate to and fun to use as inspiration!! Cut paper is a medium that Matisse is well known for so these Matisse collage’s are a natural.

For Kids, Printmaking November 15, 2016

Marker Prints-A Super Easy Art Project with Impressive Results

Marker prints are one of those projects that would make an innocent bystander think that you, the teacher, really know what you’re doing.  Don’t worry- no technical skill or extensive knowledge required.  Marker prints are easy and the kids think they are magical.  Chances are you have everything you need to do these with your child, they require little prep work and the results are awesome!!

For Mamas, Homeschool October 26, 2016

The Unexpected Benefits of Homeschooling

When that letter of intent to homeschool got sent off via registered mail my husband and I had many reasons for pulling our four kids out of the public school system.  Like many new homeschoolers we left the system to escape Common Core and testing that has spiraled out of control, but mostly to reclaim our little family and to help our kids to become more independent thinkers.  As new homeschoolers we  looked forward to many freedoms, both academic and personal.  But there have been a few unexpected benefits of homeschooling that snuck up on us that we’re enjoying just the same!

For Kids, Painting October 20, 2016

Color Mixing on Coffee Filters

Primary colors are one of the first art concepts I like to introduce young kids to in art.  First, because they are a basic building block for understanding how to make all kinds of things.  And second, because mixing colors is kind of magical.   This color mixing coffee filter craft is a fun introduction to what happens when those primary colors mix together!

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