Seven Tips for Setting up an Impromptu Garden Art Studio

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The other day we had the most amazing weather, so we set up a garden art studio... When I was in college I always loved those teachers who took their classes outside on a nice day. So why not recreate that magic with our kids? Did you know that most children don't spend enough time outdoors? Why Making Art Outdoors is so Awesome Being outside is … [Read more...]

Easy String Art Experiments for Kids

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"The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through." -- Jackson Pollack, American Painter String Art Creating string art is a fun mix of art, creative thinking, and experimentation all rolled into one open-ended package. If you've been following this blog for a while you'll know that when it comes to children's projects, my focus lies on the experience of … [Read more...]

Explore Modern Artists: Painting with Edward Hopper

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Welcome to the first project in our newest series: Explore Modern Artists. Today we'll take a look at one of my favorite American Artists, Edward Hopper, with a preschool-friendly painting technique. The Q-tip painting technique that we used could be applied to the work of just about any 2-D artist, so definitely take this as inspiration and run with it in another … [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...]

Salt Dough Ornaments: Part 2

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  In the first part of this 2-part salt dough ornament post I shared the salt dough recipe and how to bake it here. In this post I'll give you my best tips for painting and decorating salt dough ornaments with kids. Let me start by saying that these were made as a collaboration between me and my 3-year old. I love how they turned out, and how my 3 year old can … [Read more...]

Styrofoam Prints and Baby “Painting”

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Printmaking is one of my passions, so we invariably make a lot of prints in my house. I was about to recycle a styrofoam tray (I think it was from a pack of corn) when N asked if we could print with it. Why yes, we can! We've printed with these before (Abstract Recycled Prints) and the technique is the same except this time we printed the pattern found on the tray instead of … [Read more...]

Painting on Ice Cream

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If you live in the U.S., there's a good chance that you're in the middle of a terrible heat wave. While I can't make it cooler (sorry about that), I'd like to offer up this cool lesson in color mixing...and it all happens right on top of a chilly scoop of ice cream, sure to help you forget the heat for at least 5 minutes. Tools Vanilla Ice Cream Food Coloring. Because I … [Read more...]

Mini Paintings

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Do you recognize these materials? I'm big on repurposing found objects into art, so when I found a plastic slide sheet from my pre-digital days I couldn't bear to throw it out before giving it the ol' arts and crafts makeover. If you're not familiar with these, they're essentially sheet protectors for slides. I showed the sheet to N with the suggestion that we fill it with … [Read more...]

Outdoor Water Painting Experiments

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My friend Diana sent me these amazing photos of her son (almost 2 1/2 at the time), experimenting with water painting. She offered him a couple containers of water and a paintbrush and gave him free reign to paint away. I love how he was able to take these simple materials and experiment with them in multiple ways. He's enjoying the process of painting while learning about the … [Read more...]