Washi Tape and Found Paper Collage

tape and found book collage process based art with kids

                        “Above all, we are coming to understand that the arts incarnate the creativity of a free people. When the creative impulse cannot flourish, when it cannot freely select its methods and objects, when it is deprived of spontaneity, then society severs”   ~ John F. Kennedy Do you set up open-ended prompts or invitations for art-making? Making art, and … [Read more...]

Explore Modern Artists: Paint like Jasper Johns

kids art jasper johns

Today on Explore Modern Artists, we're taking a close look at the work of American Artist Jasper Johns. For the art historians out there, Jasper Johns is technically a contemporary artist, but the piece that my four-year old and I looked at falls into the time-frame of modern art. I spent years working in modern and contemporary art museums, but love this kind of art … [Read more...]

How to Press a Flower

how to press a flower

Do you have a bounty of flowers in your garden? Have you ever wanted to press a flower, but weren't sure where to start? Pressing flowers just requires a little bit of patience for the flowers to actually dry, but the process is quite simple and doesn't require a lot of fancy equipment. Start by collecting some flowers. Big thick flowers like roses are hard to … [Read more...]

It’s Snowing! Contact Paper Collage

contact paper collage

This 2-D activity is fantastic for children of all ages, and it doesn't require any drawing at all. You'll see how we did this two different ways, making it suitable for children with various drawing abilities and fine motor skills. {Bonus: Nine more contact paper project ideas at the end of this post!} Materials Contact Paper (links to Discount School … [Read more...]

Straw Air Rockets

Straw Air Rockets

This is a project we had fun testing with Kiwi Crate, a new hands-on kit of monthly projects that launches  soon. Follow their fun blog for more. We've been having the best time shooting air rockets out of milkshake/boba tea straws (found in our supermarket) The baby enjoyed seeing the rockets fly overhead while chasing them around the room, while my three year old … [Read more...]