If you’ve read the Kitchen Table Classroom for any period of time you know I love using the elements of art as a jumping off point for my art lessons and curriculum. Let’s go a step beyond the elements to explore the principles of design. The Principles Illustrated is a giant bundle of printable posters, worksheets and a printable book that will make it easy for you to teach and learn the principles of design.
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.
Spring is coming, I promise. I live in Ohio so this time of year I have to keep saying that out loud to convince myself as the cold wind whips outside. These floral mandalas don’t require any help from Mother Nature but will totally brighten your mood just like the real thing.
Teaching the concept of creating space in an artwork through the use of foreground, middle ground, and background while working on a flat piece of paper can be tricky to say the least. Use this free fold up printable to help your students envision exactly how these elements of landscape stack up!
This clay pendant starts with the perfect air dry clay recipe and then uses some favorite childhood toys to create texture. This is a great sensory experience as well as creating a sweet little keepsake pendant.
This sweet and simple DIY finger puppet project is the perfect first introduction to sewing. A simple whip stitch is introduced while the little details are simply glued on to prevent frustration. The fun of these little finger puppets will last long after the making is done. Playing with them may be the best part!
You know the ingredients your kiddos like to stockpile for making slime? Those same ingredients can be made into an awesome, silky smooth white air dry clay.
It would be a stretch to say that we’re a family of travelers. Even though my kiddos have not seen the world over doesn’t mean they can’t “know” it. I created this free printable book to help kids learn the fifty states through a doing a little research and digging and also having a little fun sketching and doodling along the way.
As a creative person I would encourage a person of any age to explore jobs in the arts, hobbies in the arts, therapies in the arts. You get the idea. I value the arts. Making stuff is good for the soul. But as a parent it can be scary to encourage your child to choose an occupation in the arts that may or may not appear to be able to support a family.
Starting with a page of brilliant oil pastel color allows for some color mixing fun. Reverse oil pastel drawing with a focus on line exploration makes a pencil drawing go from simple to “Pop!”