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Kids Zentangle Artwork in Four Easy Steps

Kids Zentangle Artwork in Four Easy Steps   Kids zentangle artwork is a great way to teach young artists how to use creative lines in their drawings.  This is a technique that will help them get creative in their future artworks as well.  In this post, you will find a simple tutorial for a letter design that can be used to decorate a sketchbook.  In four easy steps, kids will learn how to design their letter in new and interesting...

Creativity exercises to get kids started drawing. Inspired by The Beautiful Oops, by Barney Saltzberg, kids learn how to transform a mistake into something beautiful. A great activity for teaching creative problem solving skills. A fun and simple introduction to drawing and creativity for kids!

Creativity Exercises to Get Kids Started Drawing

Creativity Exercises to Get kids started drawing Creativity exercises teach young artists to use their own original ideas in their art.  Through this activity I teach creativity and problem solving .  Creative problem solving is the foundation of my art program.  It’s also a good starting point to begin drawing at home with your child.  In this post you will find a step by step guide for a creativity exercise to get kids started drawing. In addition, you will find books and resources...

Building with Wood for a Kids’ Playdate

Building with Wood for a Kid’s Playdate Building with wood made our playdate special and memorable, but was also easy and fun for both parents and kids.  What I like about a project like this for a playdate is that the kids have another little friend to share ideas with. I also like that there is not a lot of adult instruction.  It is almost purely child lead.  Because of its open ended nature, this activity encourages creative problem solving and dialogue.  And I...

Create clay bugs with air dry clay

Clay Bug Sculptures Created with Air Dry Clay

Clay Bug Sculptures Made with Air Dry Clay Create whimsical clay bug sculptures with air dry clay using this simple step by step tutorial!  Air dry clay gives your child the experience and feel of real clay without needing to access a kiln.  Because of their simple shapes and small sizes, clay bugs are a great introduction to clay sculpture! In addition to a tutorial, this post also includes inspirational resources such as books to read, an example from art history, and drawing...

Create a 3D painting with model magic flowers

A tutorial for 3D paintings with model magic flowers This past April I had the opportunity to lead my son’s preschool class in an art experience.  To celebrate spring we created 3D paintings with model magic flowers!  Model magic is a lightweight, easy to form, air dry clay.  Because it is lightweight, it works well in making parts of a painting  “pop out”.  In this project your young artist will have a taste of painting, collage, and clay sculpture, all in one. Although...

Art journal starter kit: Create art journals for kids with free printable covers and drawing prompts

Art journal starter kit : Inspiring kids to draw!

  Inspire kids to draw with a free art journal starter kit The art journal starter kit is an easy way to get kids started with creative journaling.    I use art journals with every grade level in my art classes.  This summer my 5 year old son has also started using them and he loves it!  A journal is a great way to encourage kids to document their thoughts and experiences in a visual way.  Using a sketchbook also gives them a time and space to...

Recycled Robot Art to Teach Shapes to Kids!

  Recycled Robot Art! Do you have a robot lover in your home?  We do.  My 5 year old son had been asking me how to build a robot, so we tried recycled robot art.  In this project we used recycled materials, painting, and stamping to make robot art!  We loved it so much I decided to try it with my preschool students and they loved it too!  Through this activity kids learn to build an image with basic shapes,...