Art Projects

Balsa Wood Fall Wind Chimes

Balsa Wood Fall Wind Chimes

I am teaching a ton of after school art classes these days and lately we’ve been focusing on wood.  Did you know that balsa wood comes from balsa trees in Guatemala and other South American countries?  I’ve been wanting to work with balsa wood forever and so glad I got the chance this past week.(…)

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Spin Art Shadow Box

Spin Art Shadow Box

A few months ago we went on a spin art bender of gargantuan proportions.  We just couldn’t get enough.  It was a spinning frenzy.  One of the coolest things we popped in the salad spinner were rocks.  Lots and lots of rocks.  They were so beautiful I was determined to do right by them.  Finally,(…)

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Collage Process Art for Kids

Collage Process Art for Kids

Oh, collage, how I love thee?  Let me count the ways.  I love you because you are totally open-ended, and great for any age, including adults.  I love collage for so many reasons, but mostly because the process is so therapeutic.  You can do layer after layer and it never gets old.  A few days(…)

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Paint Your Own Wood Beads

Paint Your Own Wood Beads

Wood wood wood. I just can’t get enough of this inspiring natural material lately.  I’ve been teaching a few after school art classes and each week we are exploring a new way to create simple art projects from wood, in all it’s forms. Most of the projects I do focus on the process over the outcome, but(…)

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8 Back to School Literacy Activities for Preschoolers

8 Back to School Literacy Activities for Preschoolers

It’s Back to School time, which means a lot of cheers from parents everywhere and a lot of excitement from teachers and students.  I’ve been part of an amazing series called Preschool Book Club for the past few months.  Being part of this fantastic group of women who truly care about literacy has given me the(…)

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10 Art Secrets Every Parent Should Know

10 Art Secrets Every Parent Should Know

I was recently hired to help convert a family garage into an art space for 3 children ages 4 to 10.  It got me thinking about why every parent doesn’t just dive right into art activities with their children.  After all, it’s so much fun.  Here’s what I came up with.  A lot of parents don’t want(…)

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Pom Pom Wooden Peg Dolls

Pom Pom Wooden Peg Dolls

Hey guys.  I’m over at MollyMoo today sharing how to make these super cute pom pom peg dolls.  Aren’t they the cutest?  Check out the full tutorial here and then pop on over here to see how we used them in our amazing wood structures.

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Veggie Printmaking for Preschoolers

Veggie Printmaking for Preschoolers

I love printmaking with young children.  We’ve been doing a ton of it around here lately.  Check out our styrofoam prints here.   Printmaking is a fun, simple process art activity that kids love.  This week we used veggies for vegetable printmaking and it was a mega hit from toddlers to preschoolers to older kids.(…)

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Temporary Mosaic Art

Temporary Mosaic Art

Oh my gosh.  Temporary mosaic art is so easy and happy and fun I had to post it immediately! I am a huge fan of mosaic art.  It was the first after school class I ever taught, fresh out of college and I fell in love.  There are so many ways to do mosaic art(…)

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Hand Painted Beaded Key Chains

Hand Painted Beaded Key Chains

A few weeks ago I taught an art camp for girls ages 8-12.  It was two days of craftastic amazingness including Design your own Canvas Sneakers and Pom Pom Parachute Cord Vases.  We also made these beautiful hand painted  beaded key chains that I am slightly obsessed with.  They are just so pretty and there(…)

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