Art Experiences Outdoors is an e-book with twenty four simple and super fun “big ideas” for getting your creative kid outside and busy making.
Is art one of “those things” at your house….
You know what I mean. You have good intentions to get to that cool project or awesome lesson. Maybe you even buy a special supply or two. But that pesky thing called life gets in the way.
Life is busy. But making stuff is fun and good for a kids brain. It’s worth the few minutes of effort to get these projects started- trust me!
Being creative and teaching your kiddos to think outside the box doesn’t have to mean fancy art lessons, an hour of prep time, or sitting quietly at table. What if I told you that “art class” could be as simple as a prompt or “big idea” from you and a single art material.
Big ideas and simple supplies….
Each of the twenty five projects in this e-book provide you with a single “big idea.” Each big idea is meant to inspire a project that your child can do collaboratively with you, a group of kids, or on their own.
Each project can be done in a an afternoon but you’ll find that these ideas are things your kids will return to over and over. Simple ideas that inspire your kids to create and recreate incorporating their own ideas means hours of engagement beyond the initial lesson.
You know that bucket of dirty sidewalk chalk hanging out in your garage? Give forgotten materials a new life with these simple ideas.
Nothing fancy is required for any of these projects. Many rely on materials you can find outside your door. Others require basic materials like washable paints, sidewalk chalk, yarn, and food coloring. Most of these can be found in your pantry, or art supply drawer. Any you don’t have are easily found at any big box store.
A lack of materials won’t stop you from these big ideas!
Inspired by mother nature….
One of my favorite aspects of art education is teaching kid to really look at their surroundings and see the beauty. Seeing art in everything makes the visual arts much more approachable than thinking that art is only for fancy museums and classes.
Art is everywhere.
You can make something beautiful out of anything.
Anyone can make art and enjoy it.
Forget the mess……
Does the prep and clean up process discourage you from setting your kids free to create? Good news! Many of these projects are best done outside. Your kitchen table can stay clean (or as clean as it was previously) while the art goes outside.
That means your kiddos creations can be big, messy, and way fun. Losing the inhibitions of neatness that are required in lots of art classes means the kids that might not always look froward to making will be excited by these big ideas.
Who is this book for….
The kids with a shorter attention span, the kids that can’t sit still, the kids that haven’t developed that attention to detail- they will thrive with these big ideas. If you’re looking for a super engaging way to introduce the visual arts these outdoor art experiences are it!
What if you’re kid already identifies as an artist and could sit and draw all day? Don’t worry- these big ideas will still enage them and provide new recipes and opportunities for learning. That artsy group of kids will be able to apply their ideas and attention to these projects and take them to a whole new level.
Trust your kids -they are already artists.
Some kids have already discovered that and some may need a little more coaxing. This e-book will support you as a teacher to help your kiddos find their creative voice.
If you’re looking for a full year long art curriculum be sure to check out my Artists and the Elements e-book. Everything you need for a years worth of exploring process art, art history, and detailed projects that all tie back in to the elements of art!
Still not sure if Art Experiences Outdoors is for you? Try a free lesson!
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