Thursday, October 29, 2009
Here's a fun and easy craft project that will put to use all those shells you brought home from the beach this summer. It's so simple that my 4 year old made her own with just a little assistance. It's also another one of those projects good for some bonding time.
Here's what you'll need:
Inexpensive wooden craft frame with at least 2 inch border (I got one at Michael's for $1)
Acrylic latex paintable caulk with silicone (I used DAP brand in the Almond color-Walart $2.50)
Plastic knife for spreading
Newspaper to do the project on-it's pretty messy
Using the caulking gun, squirt out a thick line of caulk onto the wooden frame. Using the plastic knife, spread the caulk thick and smooth like icing. You will want it pretty thick so the shells will stick down into it. Spread a think layer over edges for a uniform look. Now comes the fun part, using all types of shells, even broken pieces, press them firmly into the caulk. Try to fill up all the spaces using all sizes of shells. Make sure shells are flush on the edges so the frame will sit correctly. Let dry overnight. Insert your favorite beach pic!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Davison Jenkins lists 15 things your child learns from art. I think I have seen all these first hand, either with my students or my own children.
Develops creative thinking.
Provides means of communication and self-expression
Serves as an emotional release.
Strengthens the self-concept and confidence.
Heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity.
Enhances the ability to visualize.
Provides problem-solving/decisions-making opportunities.
Develops appreciation for the individuality of others.
Leads to integration of the individual.
Serves as a balance to classroom activities.
Aids physical coordination.
Develops work habits and a sense of responsibility.
Aids the adult in understanding and helping the child.
If you'd like to learn more about the arts and kids, visit http://www.americansforthearts.org/
Monday, October 26, 2009
I wanted to show you a new product that I tried and loved the results. I ordered ArtEmboss Aluminum Sheets from DickBlick. They are 9-1/4' x 12" and come in a pack of 12. I didn't know what to do with them at first, but got inspired last week when all the leaves started turning, and decided to use it in a lesson to teach about warm and cool colors, and also using lines in drawing. All you need is a good selection of warm and cool colored Sharpie markers, a soft pencil (we used Ebony pencils), a piece of soft cardboard, assortment of fall leaves, and the aluminum sheets.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
I saw this idea at the War Eagle Craft Fair up in Northwest Arkansas a couple of years ago and just now got around to making one for myself. They were selling Santa heads, but I decided to do a pumpkin because I needed something "fallish" for my door. Thought it turned out pretty cute.... and it was easy and cheap, or should I say inexpensive. I don't think it looks cheap??
Friday, October 23, 2009
I love doing canvas floor cloths. They are such a fun way to perk you up on the days your looking down. This is a canvas floor cloth that I helped my daughter's class make for their school art auction. I used a 2' x 3' pre-made floor canvas by Fredrix that I ordered from http://www.dickblick.com/ . I painted the background design and scripture around the edge and then took it up to school and let each student design and paint their own heart. I gave the final design three coats of Delta Cermacoat glossy indoor/outdoor varnish. I thought they did such a great job and it turned out adorable. This would also be a great teacher gift.
Usually when I make a custom floor cloth I make it with the 100% cotton duck canvas and cut it to the size I need. I prepare the canvas with two thick coats of Gesso, glue down a 1 inch edge with Fabri-Tac, paint my design with acrylic paint and seal. Also, a coat of paste floor wax with help preserve it.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Then things got messy with the Mod Podge as we decoupaged on the pumpkins and gave the whole thing a good coat of glue also. Lastly we stamped on some expression with letter stamps, glued on some button accents and framed it out with some jute rope around the edges. Really cute and festive!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I know my art student parents are always asking how I recommend framing and displaying children's art. Here's a neat project that I did in my laundry/craft room that was very simple, and provides a creative and inexpensive way to showcase the day to day art that your child does. I wish I could remember where I saw this idea so I could give credit, but I've had it filed away in my head for awhile now.
First I chose a size of paper to serve as a template. I picked a 12 x 12 piece of scrapbook paper so an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper could hang vertically or horizontally. I traced my squares on the wall with pencil. Now just get creative on your frames. I free-handed three designs in pencil, but if you are not comfortable with that you could draw a template on a paper bag, cut it out and trace around it.
Friday, October 16, 2009
*Sleepyhead tip: When you do "bonding art" with your child focus on the bonding process, not the project or outcome of the art. Let the conversation flow and just have fun just using your imagination. You can talk about the colors they like and don't like, the shapes they create, the ideas they come up with. Let them make their own decisions on their designs, and encourage them in their efforts and enjoyment of creating.