Chalkboard Painted Canvas

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"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Pablo Picasso Chalkboards...I love them. You? The texture, the dust, and contrast are oh-so-appealing. When I started to see them disappear from classrooms in favor of dry erase boards, I was a little bit shocked. Dry erase boards are wonderful too, but they'll never have the same rustic appeal as a … [Read more...]

Organic Shape Monsters for Halloween

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When I saw this idea over at We Heart Art, I loved it for its open-ended qualities and simplicity. Joanna did this project with Kindergarteners, but it was adaptable to my 3-year old and could easily scale up for older children. Plus, the monster theme played out so nicely with Halloween right around the corner. Grrrrr.... And, are you ready to hear how easy this is? All you … [Read more...]

Pop-up Paper Zoo

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I love collaborating with my three-year old, so I was thrilled when she came up with this idea for me to draw animal shapes for her to color in. We don't have coloring books in our house (aside from a mandala coloring book suggested by Jen at Paint Cut Paste), so maybe this fed some deep seated need to color in the lines? When I drew the outline of the first animal I wasn't … [Read more...]

Cookie Sheet Monoprints

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When I discovered printmaking after college, I learned how to make everything from intaglio prints to screen prints. I simply adore working in this medium!! Children and printmaking haven't been an easy combination for me -- the inks can be toxic and the materials can take over a space, but I've been taking every opportunity I can to bring printmaking down to my child's level, … [Read more...]

Blending Chalk Pastels

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We started with a box of chalk pastels and construction paper. I happened upon this amazing box for $5 at an art studio sale. They're wonderful, but really, any chalk pastels will do. I'm not  inclined to recommend construction paper because it's not at all archival, but its toothy nature makes it a good substrate for chalk pastels (as long as you're not planning to keep these … [Read more...]