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...]

Why We Would Be Lost Without Tape

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Are you a "Tape House?" We love tape in our house, and it gets used for just about everything: taping up wax paper sandwich bags, taping labels to things, taping art table creations together, taping up marble runs, taping up whimsical installations. A roll of clear tape is a fixture on the art table and we have a big box full of colorful paper tape (this tape from Discount … [Read more...]

10 Steps for Easy Indoor Easel Painting

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Some of us are totally comfortable setting up the easel and letting our kids have a go, but I know others who want to hide under a freshly laundered sheet at the thought of setting up what's essentially a painting extravaganza. And you may be surprised to learn that I can easily fall into both camps! I don't leave our easel out all the time because our house is small, it … [Read more...]

Self-serve Valentines for Kids

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I’m working on a project with the San Francisco Children’s Creativity Museum, and one of the ideas we’re playing with is to create a buffet-style selection of materials for children to choose from in our DIY art zone. I’ll share some of our activities with you soon, but in the meantime I thought you might like to see how this strategy has manifested itself in my own … [Read more...]

Toddler Art: Glue Dots and Buttons

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"Art is skill, that is the first meaning of the word." - Eric Gill Since she was 15 months old, gluing small objects to paper has been one of Baby Rainbow's favorite activities (second to climbing into a big bin of cloud dough...sigh). We've also done this with sequins, feathers, and pom-poms, but I find that she gets frustrated when the sequins start sticking to her … [Read more...]