Jellybean Matzo House

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 This article was first shared in April 2011. We had more than our fair share of Easter sweets this weekend, but I had a plan all along to purge our house of all that extra sugar by "gluing" it to some sort of base, like a paper plate, and calling it art. As I talked to my almost three-year old about the idea, we mused over what we could glue our candy to. Something … [Read more...]

Vegetable-Dyed Easter Eggs

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Have you ever thought about making vegetable dyed Easter eggs? I'm trying to make a move away from synthetic food dyes and wanted to use natural, homemade dyes this year. Not only are these colors absolutely healthy for human consumption, but the process of making them is a wonderful lesson in creating art materials from scratch and can help children think critically … [Read more...]

The Artful Parent Book: A Review and a Project

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As a longtime fan of Jean Van't Hul's charming, approachable, and ever-inspiring blog, The Artful Parent, I'm thrilled about the upcoming release of her book, The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art & Creativity. Not only has Jean been a huge source of inspiration to me and countless others, but we've become real-life friends and I have a great … [Read more...]

Sister Corita Kent | Art Department Rules

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I was grew up in Los Angeles, not too far from what was once Immaculate Heart College (IHC). Perhaps one of the biggest legacies of IHC is Sister Mary Corita, better known to many as Corita Kent, artist-activist and chairperson of the IHC art department from 1951-1968. Do you know about Corita Kent? In her own art, she was primarily a printmaker who used film, calligraphy, … [Read more...]

Evolution of the Art Table

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Over the course of a week, our art table gets worked pretty hard. My kids begin almost every morning with some kind of making that may involve markers, colored pencils, tape, glue, or paint. And then there's the occasional snack or meal that go along with art-making when my girls are too busy to stop the magic for food. I thought it might be fun to take a look at how the … [Read more...]