Evolution of the Art Table

Drawing on the Art Table

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...]

Organize a Self-Serve Creativity Zone

slime

"The drive to master our environment is a basic human characteristic from the beginning -- from birth." --Jack P. Shonkoff, Harvard University (From Mind in the Making, Ellen Galinsky. New York: Harper Collins, 2010). Do you have self-serve spaces in your home that are dedicated to creativity, art, science, and tinkering? Today I'm sharing our creative zone, the space … [Read more...]

Scanner Art Experiments

scanned toys and acorns

The following post is from the archives. It originally appeared in February, 2011. This low-mess project kept my preschooler busy for a whole morning. Lots of fun for curious kids! Not too long ago we had a big print job in our home, which peaked my daughter's interest in the printer. The noises, lights, and moving paper were all new and exciting, I'm sure. Every time … [Read more...]

Why We Would Be Lost Without Tape

kids play with tape

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...]

Organizing Art Supplies: Day Two

coatclosetbefore

This is the second edition of a new series where I'm sharing my messy spaces and process of organizing as I strive to build a more beautiful, accesible, and relaxing space for living and creating (here's the first post). My friend and professional organizer, Jillian, is spearheading this project -- it helps to have company -- and this week we tackled so many things: art … [Read more...]