What Do You Wish You Had Known About Kids Art Projects?

What do you with you had known about making art with children

What do you wish you had known about kids art projects? This is a question that I asked my team of expert parents and teachers as a way to help the next crop of parents learn from our mistakes and wins! As a mom and as an arts educator who's buried deep in the process of writing a book about children and the creative process, I often think about which tools other parents … [Read more...]

This Creative Week

This Creative Week

Happy weekend, friends! I have one more week in Massachusetts before I return to life as I know it in California. There's lots of creative stuff going on around the web this week. Here are a few highlights: Top Row: I'm honored to be part of this amazing new Pinterest board: 20 Must Follow Moms. It's chock-full of good ideas and family-friendly inspiration. I think you'll … [Read more...]

Do you Keep a Journal or a Sketchbook?

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary

Do you keep a journal? I'm juggling a bunch of projects at the moment -- did I tell you that I'm writing a book?  Gasp. That's a post for another day! -- and I'm trying to keep this blog going without killing myself in the process. One of the things that grounds me, and my kids, are our sketchbooks. When we have an idea, it goes into the sketchbook. When we buy new … [Read more...]

Make a Terrarium

How to Make a Terrarium

Today I'm joined by my friend and colleague, Amanda E. Gross, who I've had the pleasure of working with at the San Francisco Children's Creativity Museum. She has an incredible eye for all things related to creativity and kids, and today she's here to share some tips on how to make a terrarium. I've wanted to make one of these for a long time, and thrilled that Amanda is here … [Read more...]

Sticker Resist with Watercolors

Sticker resist with watercolors

Do you have a set of watercolors? If not, this fun project will give you reason to pick one up. My kids and I have been keeping sketchbooks for a few months, and we enjoy the challenge of testing out new techniques, materials, and ideas as we move through our books. Painting over stickers (and then peeling them back) presents children with the opportunity to learn about … [Read more...]