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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...

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,...

Make a Still Life to Celebrate a Special Day!

Make a Still Life to celebrate a special day Encouraging children to create art with personal meaning is very important to me.  For our youngest artists, this often involves sharing their stories, imagination, and experiences visually.  A still life is a great subject for observational drawing, but I wanted to go beyond a simple drawing exercise  and get students to create a work that is personally meaningful to them.  My solution was to have my students make a still life to celebrate a special day.  This...

Multimedia Crayon Resist Fish Painting

Multimedia Crayon Resist Fish Painting Do you ever wonder how we can begin to teach very young children how to communicate ideas through their art?  I believe it starts with giving them a tool box of artistic strategies through a series of fun, straightforward, hands on art experiences, such as this one!  In this lesson, Multimedia Crayon Resist Fish, young artists will learn some ways to communicate a focal point to the viewer, layer a variety of art materials, and also come away with an...

Multimedia bird painting: Kids combine paint, pastel drawing, model magic, and found objects to create a textured bird

Multimedia Bird Art Using Clay and Paint

  Multimedia Bird Art Using clay and Paint     Do you and your child ever go on a vacation or even an outing and come home inspired to make art?  Well, that is what happened to us when we took a trip with family to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PA this past summer!  This place was truly amazing, and my four year old son and I were talking about these awesome bird experiences for a while. We both decided it would...

Multi-Media self portraits: young artists will get an introduction to drawing, painting, and collage.

Multi-media Self Portraits for Kindergarten Artists

Multi-Media Self Portraits for Kindergarten Multi-media self portraits are  great art experiences for parents to have with their kids at home as well as in the classroom. Young children change so much that it is nice to have a collection of self portraits made in the early years as a keepsake of their artistic development. I like to start my Kindergarten students’ school year off with a series of self portraits. I also wrap up the year with a self portrait so their families can see their growth. This...