Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Hamburger and Fries Visual Aids

Kids love to draw and draw small. Sure its cute, but when it comes to makin' art projects I'm always trying to get my students to fill the page and think about the details. I have finally come up with a few terms that are fun, engaging and easy for my students to understand. The best part is, of course, is that it works! It has my kiddos producing better drawings.


Everyone loves a big, juicy, BEEFY burger. So in a fun and deep voice I explain BIG AND BEEFY drawings. They fill the page and have lots of details. I also demo this on my smart board/document camera. Then I show them a 'wimpy puny' drawing (you know, something small and lacking detail), using a small and high pitched voice. Usually these type of drawings take no time at all. I call these drawings wimpy puny and compare them to cold floppy french fries at the bottom of the cup! EW!


My students seem to find it humorous and they 'get it'. This has really come in handy lately as we are wrapping up projects and I have lots of students who need something else to work on before we start a new project. I use fellow Instagram and art teacher friend (Kaitlin Edington's) Popsicle stick drawing prompts and my students love it. Having the kids make big beefy drawings also takes more time and keeps them from CONSTANTLY coming to my desk saying "I'm done'... worst words in the art room if you ask me! You can download your own and see how they work in your room!

DOWNLOAD BIG AND BEEFY or PUNY WIMPY FRIES.



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tip Tuesday: Art Journals


Art Journals are great for any age level, toddler to adulthood.
They are inexpensive and have many uses...!

One of may favorite ways to keep my kid entertained on the go is an Art Journal! I like the smaller ones that have mixed media paper. They are sturdy and not too bulky to travel with. You can find them at any craft store and usually don't cost more than $10!


I throw these in my purse with a baggy of markers, crayons, colored pencils or small watercolor paint set and I'm all set with entertainment should I need it! Like at a restaurant?! When we're all starving and the kids are starting to LOSE it... you know what I mean!


Art Journals are also a great way to keep your child's art all in one spot. My kid likes to draw and doodle on anything. Usually, those little scraps of paper aren't worth keeping, but I also struggle with the idea of throwing them away. If I kept every little thing Ada drew on or colored, I'd be living in a house with paper up to my knees!

An art journal allows your child the freedom to draw and doodle and for you to keep those doodles in a bound book to save. I put finished journals into larger plastic tubs with her other school work or projects I want to keep.


You can come up with so many ideas for 'journal prompts' too. Give your child an idea or thought to communicate on paper. Any one of these ideas can help your child (or you!) come up with great ideas for other art projects too!

Here are a few of my favorite art prompts:

Fruit
Flowers
Animals
Birds
Insects
Made up animals
Self Portrait
Family Portrait
Favorite Place to go
Favorite Toy
Favorite Food or Candy
Use only lines or certain shapes to fill a page
Landscape ideas (trees, skies, beaches etc.)
Use only cool (blues, purples, greens) or warm colors (reds, oranges, yellows)
Cut out pictures from magazines to make a collage page
Practice writing letters or words to go with the pictures
Things that make you happy
Thing that make you sad
What do you want to be when you grow up
Document a recent trip or adventure
Take it to the zoo or park and draw what you see

Seriously this list could go on and on and on and on!


Art journals provide a plethora of opportunities for your child to freely create with out feeling the pressure to make something that is 'perfect'. The idea is mostly about exploration and the chance to just create and practice!

Summer Backyard Art Party - Week One!

Ya know when you try something new and you learn A LOT about what works and what doesn't? Yeah, that happened at our first Backyard Art Party session.


 BUT it was such a great learning experience for me!

Not gonna lie, it was a little crazy having toddlers running all over my backyard, but when I received text messages and social media posts about what fun the kids had, it was worth it. I even had one mom text to tell me her daughter asked to take a nap when they got home!

#momwin right?!


If you're unsure about what our Backyard art parties entail here's a snippet of what you will find.


At first glance: Parents, toddlers and preschoolers working together - making messes and ultimately learning a lot about how things work. What they feel like, look like, smell like - even taste like in some cases! (don't worry - no one ate any paint!)

It's a pretty loose structure, but we start out together working on a project and then break into sensory stations, then we reconvene to finish our project and say our goodbyes.

For the stations and projects: your wee one will leave with a project, but its so much more than that! I set up several sensory stations for the kids to explore. Chalk fence drawing, bead soup and noodle necklaces were just a few of the options available.


Sensory projects aid in creative thinking and exploration! AND help us cool down when the weather is close to 90 degrees (sheesh!).

Our next session is scheduled for July 6th - we'll be doing some 4th of July themed projects and will have several water sensory stations to play in! Along with a new Dino Town and Car washing station too!

(a few of our beautiful wind chimes hanging in the tree)


There are still a few spots available on the following dates - come join us!
July 6th
July 20th
August 3rd
August 10th

Register here!


Friday, June 16, 2017

Tip Tuesday: Egg Cartons

Hey-O! Been awhile since I've written a true post around here. Summer time tends to draw me back (and gives me time!) to get back to blogging and writing again. Forgive me if this sounds a little rusty!

I've started a new series over on Instagram and will be sharing a little overlap here on the blog as well. I'm calling it Tip Tuesday!


I'll be sharing some tips and tricks of the trade - art teacherin' style. The idea came about from my desperation and wish to get more art classes on my schedule over the summer, but with a 5 year old and almost 3 month old, its just not gonna be as robust as I had hoped!

(Click on Kid Classes to see what I do have scheduled for the summer!)
Back to Tip Tuesday - I started to wonder how I could help families feel empowered about making art with kids on their own. I know not everyone feels gifted in the area of arts, but I believe that with a few tricks up your sleeve, you'll feel more confident AND comfortable with making arty messes with your family too.

For the first week's tip I'm sharing a true hard working art 'supply' that I am almost positive you've got sittin in your fridge right now. The EGG CARTON!



Here's my list of ways to use them:

1. This is my favorite one and definitely a very used tip in my art room... Fill them with paint for an easy paint tray that can be tossed when done. OR Slide it into a large or jumbo zip-lock bag and save it for your next painting session.

2. Fill with beads, buttons, sequins, paper scraps, nature findings or other tiny trinkets to keep them from rolling all over the place!

3. Cut them apart and glue them together to make sculptures (the paper ones work great!)

4. Cut them apart, paint them into anything! (the paper ones work great!)

5. Soak the paper ones in a big bucket with water. Add sequins, glitter and food coloring for a fun sensory experience.

Hop on over to Instagram to see next week's Tip Tuesday on my insta-stories!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

June Ladies Craft Night

You need a night out!

So come get crafty with your gal pals!

We're decorating tea towels, using simple printmaking techniques!







Monday, January 16, 2017

January Ladies Craft Night!

You need a night out!

So come get crafty with your gal pals!

We're decorating these adorable wooden air pot plants.




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