10+ Messy Art Projects That Will Leave Your House Clean

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I can't tell you how many emails, comments, and messages I receive with questions about how to set up no-mess art projects. A really good friend of mine recently told me that she loves my blog, but that my projects are so....MESSY. Eeek. I'm not sure if you'll believe this but the funny thing is that I'm afraid of messes too. Messes themselves don't really bother me, but … [Read more...]

How to Make Paint: Sweetened Condensed Milk

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This recipe is a keeper because it comes together quickly, uses ingredients you probably have on hand, and it expands the way children think about art supplies. When children have the opportunity to invent things and imagine new possibilities (in this case, making their own paint, inventing colors, and imagining what they can create with the paint), opportunities for creative … [Read more...]

Easy Peasy Rock Painting

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This is such an easy project and my kids (almost 4 and 20 months) have gone crazy for it. And I have to confess that I really enjoyed it too. Very addictive. I chalk their enthusiasm (and mine) up to a couple things: Painting or drawing on a 3-dimensional surface is a fun challenge The colors of the paint markers are vivid and opaque (i.e. pretty), and very easy to … [Read more...]

Explore Modern Artists: Paint like Jasper Johns

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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...]

Outdoor Body Painting

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My kids are generally happiest outside, which I imagine is the same for most kids. The air is heating up and we're looking for more opportunities to step outside, and I always love it when I land on ideas for combining my love for the outdoors and art (the perfect combination if you ask me). The other day my 3 year old wanted to paint a big, smooth river rock that mysteriously … [Read more...]