Pumpkin Seed Art

Pumpkin Seed Art

Here’s a fun art project for all those little goblins and ghouls out there!

What you will need:
-Pumpkin Seeds
-A bucket to wash the seeds in
-Towels to dry seeds
-3 small bowls (paper bowls or paper cups work well)
-3 spoons
-White school glue
-Liquid water color or tempera paint in red, yellow and blue
-Cardboard or tag board
-Newspaper

1)       After the seeds have been removed from the pumpkin, wash them in a bucket of water and then spread them out on a towel to dry.  Allow a couple days for the seeds to dry!

2)       Once the seeds are dry, you are ready to start the next part of the project.  Pour glue into 3 small bowls.  Add paint to bowls, creating one red, one yellow and one blue.

3)       Cover a table with newspaper and place the cardboard piece on top of the paper.

4)       Drizzle colored glue on to the cardboard with the spoons. The glue can be swirled with the spoons or fingers.  This is a great way to experiment with color mixing (red + yellow= orange, red + blue= purple, yellow + blue= green).  The pumpkin seeds can be added at anytime.  Add them at the beginning to swirl them into the colored glue or add them at the end to top the glue masterpiece. Older children may enjoy creating patterns or a picture in the glue with the seeds.

Want to create more Halloween themed art?  Sign up for a Halloween art workshop at Kidcreate!

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Pumpkins, Pumpkins and More Pumpkins!

It’s that time of year again! Pumpkin carving, pumpkin bread, and lots of pumpkin seeds! Need some pumpkin inspiration? We’ve got you covered!

Pumpkin Carving Ideas? More Halloween Fun?
Check out our Halloween Board on Pinterest!


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Save those seeds!

Click here for a fun pumpkin seed art project!

Pumpkin seed photo

 

 

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
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Tricked-Out Halloween Treat Bag!

tricked-out-halloween-treat-bag-pinWhat’s better than a giant pillowcase to fill with candy on Halloween? A giant pillowcase custom decorated with Halloween art! We’ll use a variety of art supplies including glow-in-the-dark paint to magically transform a pillowcase into a tricked-out treat bag. This trick-or-treat bag will be “sweet” even without the candy to fill it and makes a great keepsake that can be used for years to come.

With these easy step-by-step directions, you and your child will create a tricked-out Halloween treat bag using a simplified Batik method. It’s a craft project and art lesson all in one!

Supplies:

  • Apron (If Available)
  • Grubby Clothes Are a Must!
  • Newspaper to Cover Your Work Area
  • Drop Cloth for the Floor (If Available)
  • White Pillowcase
  • 18×24 Piece of Tagboard
  • Pencils
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • 1 Container of School Glue
  • Plastic Gloves
  • Fabric Dye (Dark Colors Work Best)
  • Dye Mixing Container
  • Spray Bottle
  • An Additional Piece of Tagboard or Cardboard
  • Black 3D/Puff Fabric Paint
  • Brightly Colored 3D/Puff Fabric Paint (Any Colors)
  • Glow-in-the-Dark 3D/Puff Fabric Paint


 

 

 

 

 

Directions:

  • Begin by covering your work area with newspaper. A drop cloth on the floor is a good idea too. This is going to get messy!
  • Next, have your child look at pictures of spider webs. Google Images is a great place to find lots of pictures of creepy, crawly, spooky Halloween spider webs. Talk with your child about the shapes and patterns they see in the pictures.
  • Using the images as inspiration, have your child draw a spider web on the tagboard with a pencil. When drawing their web, instruct your child not to draw the web lines too close together (close lines will make things difficult later) and to make their drawing very large, so it covers the entire piece of tagboard.

       

Not a spider fan?  Jack-o-lanterns and cats make great trick-or-treat bag art too!

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  • Next, have your child trace over the pencil lines on their drawing with a black Sharpie.

  • Put the completed tagboard inside the pillowcase. Make sure to center it in the case. The dark sharpie lines of the drawing should be visible through the pillowcase.

  • Next, trace the lines of the web with school glue on top of the pillowcase. Your child will want to move the glue very slowly so that it comes out as a line, not little dots.

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  • Now, we get to the VERY MESSY part! Have your child put on plastic gloves. Follow the directions on your dye packaging to mix your dye. Then, pour it into a spray bottle.

  WARNING: The fabric dye WILL STAIN hands and clothes!

  • Now, spray the pillowcase with fabric dye. Keep spraying until the entire pillowcase is covered. Move the sprayer around when spraying so that dye doesn’t puddle in one spot on the pillowcase.

    

  • When finished, lay the pillowcase flat to dry.
  • When the pillowcase is dry, it’s time to remove the tagboard from the inside of the pillowcase. The tagboard will be stuck to the inside of the pillowcase. Just peel it off as best you can. Don’t worry about getting every little piece of board off, any remaining tagboard pieces will come off in the washer.
  • It’s time for the wash! Wash the pillowcase separately in cold water. Then, tumble dry separately. Repeat the wash and dry steps a second time to make sure all the extra dye has been removed. When you are done with the washing, you may have to wipe left over paper pulp from the inside of your washer.
  • Now it’s time to add the finishing touches! Add a spider to your web, some stripes to your cat- whatever your child’s imagination can dream up! If your child chooses to add a spider, have them think about the shapes they see in a spider before they start to draw (i.e.- big oval for the body, small oval for the head, curved lines for the legs). Slide a piece of tagboard or cardboard into the pillowcase under your drawing area to prevent the puff paint from bleeding through. Then, get out your black puff paint and get to work. When the spider is finished, your child may want to add a brightly colored outline around their spider with a second color of puff paint to make it stand out more.

  • Lastly, add glow-in-the-dark puff paint wherever you like! Accent the web lines with it. Add some glow around your spider. Be creative! The more glow, the better, especially on Halloween night!

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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No School Day Art Fun!

No school days don’t have to be a no learning days!

Keep your kids busy with these fun art projects from the Kidcreate Blog!

 

Garbage Portrait

Garabage Portraits  Click here to go to blog post.

Pumpkin seeds

 

 

 

Pumpkin Seed Art Click here to go to blog post.

Ice Cream Sundae
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream! (Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Theibaub) Click here to go to blog post.

pollock_splatter painting
Action Painting (Jackson Pollock) Click here to go to blog post.

Messiest_Monoprints

 

 

 

 

Cassatt Monoprints  Click here to go to blog post.

Monet Beach Scene

 

 

 

 

Magnificent Monet Click here to go to blog post.

Mondrian

 

 

 

 


Be Square . . . Make a Mondrian Inspired Masterpiece! 
Click here to go the the blog post.  

escher49

 

 

 

 

 

 

Escher Tessellations Click here to go to blog post.

Haring Pop Art People

 

 

 

 

Haring’s Pop Art People! Click here to go to the blog post.

My Miro

 

 

 

 

 

My Miro! Click here to go to the blog post.

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Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Master this Year’s Halloween Costume!


Costume Inspiration From Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Warhol, Mondrian & More!

Halloween

via pjstar.com

Make Halloween about more than just candy this year! These fun art master inspired make-at-home costumes will stimulate your child’s creativity and turn Halloween into an art history lesson. 

Here are some of our favorite art history themed costume ideas from the World Wide Web! Click on the photos to go to the website we found the costume idea on. Many sites have wonderful costume how-to’s!

This Halloween Become an Art Masterpiece or a Famous Artist!

Slide 1

Van Gogh- Starry Night

van gogh

via wikimedia.org

van gogh costume 1

via imgur

Slide 2

Van Gogh- Self Portrait

van gogh 2

via vangoghgallery.com

van gogh costume 2

via blogs.smithsonianmag.com

Slide 3

Jackson Pollock

pollock

via wikimedia.org

pollock costume

via oceanfulloflemons.wordpress.com

Slide 4

Vermeer- “Girl with the Pearl Earring”

girl with pearl earing

via blogger.com

girl with pearl earring costume

via costumesandcakes.blogspot.com

Slide 5

Roy Lichtenstein

lichtenstein

via tumblr.com

lichtenstein costume 1

via buzzfeed.com

lichtenstein costume 2

via neatmethod.com

Slide 6

Edvard Munch- “The Scream”

scream

via totallyhistory.com

scream costume 2

via rochester.kidsoutandabout.com

Slide 7

Da Vinci- “Mona Lisa”

mona lisa

via doobybrain.com

mona lisa costume 2

via alphamom.com

mona lisa costume 1

via bluespeckledpup.com

mona lisa costume 3

via thehousethatlarsbuilt.com

Slide 8

Andy Warhol- Pop Art

pop art

via domorebemore.org

pop art costume

via coolest-homemade-costumes.com

Slide 9

Mondrian

mondrian

via lisathatcher.files.wordpress.com

mondrian costume

via hangwithbigpictureframing.com

Slide 10

Grant Wood- “American Gothic”

american gothic

via blogs.cas.suffolk.edu

american gothic costume

via seakettle.com

Slide 11

Frida Kahlo

frida kahlo

via arthistorymom.com

frida kahlo costume

via ohhappyday.com

Slide 12

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

via www.gbllifestyle.com

Andy Warhol costume 2

Via bbmondo.com

Andy Warhol costume 1

via ohhappyday.com

Slide 13

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh 1

via 3dprint.com

Vincent van Gogh Costume 1

via ohhappyday.com

Vincent van Gogh 2

via arthistorymom.com

Slide 14

Bob Ross

Bob Ross

via wvpublic.org

Bob Ross costume 3

via imgur.com

Bob Ross costume 2

via dubuhdudesigns

Bob Ross costume 1

via katherinemaries.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes, camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years. Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Fall Mosaic Art Project

Clay by itself is tons of fun, but adding do-dads and trinkets will make this art project a favorite!

Your child will be inspired by the shapes and colors of fall with this fun clay mosaic art project. This project has it all; messy sensory play, colorful do-dads and a new art term for your child’s art vocabulary!

Art Kidbit: Mosaic

 A MOSAIC is an art form consisting of patterns of small pieces of tile or glass inlaid in cement or grout. 

Fall Leaf MosaicMaterials Needed:

  • Natural color air dry clay (you can purchase this at any craft or art supply store)
  • Wax paper and/or cardboard
  • Miscellaneous items to use as mosaic pieces such as: beads, foam squares, rock and  mosaic tile pieces. No beads or tile pieces at  home?  Look to nature! Rocks, sticks,  and acorns all make great mosaic pieces!
  • Tools  (toothpick, craft stick, plastic fork, and rolling pin)

Directions:

  1. Roll the clay into a slab.  For your clay newbies, a slab is a piece of clay that is rolled out flat like a pancake. Keep the slab thick, so you can push the mosaic pieces into it, and make sure it is BIG, so there is plenty of room for the mosaic. Use wax paper or a piece of recycled cardboard (or both) under the slab to make it easier to move.
  2. Once your slab is ready, lightly draw the shape of a leaf out on the surface. If you don’t like your leaf shape, smooth it out and start again. When you are happy with your leaf drawing,  go ahead and cut it out.  A toothpick or craft stick works great for that.
  3. Now comes the fun part!  Start decorating your leaf shape with beads, rocks, tiles, or any do-dad that strikes your fancy!
  4. Once complete, allow your mosaic to dry.

 

 

Fall Mosaic Art Project

 

 

 

 

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

Here’s a great sunny day art project from Martha Stewart that we found on Pinterest.

 

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Garden Stepping Stone Project

Want to Create a Beautiful Garden Stepping Stone for your Garden?

garden stepping stoneYour kid will love this fun summer project! Stepping stones are a very popular garden decoration. This is your child’s chance to design and create their very own! Follow the step-by-step instructions below to create a one-of-a-kind garden stepping stone mosaic.

Art Kidbit: Mosaic

A MOSAIC is an art form consisting of patterns of small pieces of tile or glass inlaid in cement or grout.

Materials:

  • Quickcrete – Sand/Topping Mix (60 lb bag makes 10-15 stones)
  • Plastic planter liners-10” diameter
  • Water
  • 1 cup measuring cup
  • Large ziplock bags to mix concrete in
  • Smooth stones/rocks/glass beads- multiple colors work best!
  • Water jug
  • Roll paper to cover tables with
  • Aprons or grubby clothes (THIS IS A MESSY PROJECT!)

 

Directions:

  • When we create stepping stones at our studios, we start by showing the kids examples of different stepping stones. We want them to notice the colors and patterns in the designs. This is also a great time to introduce your kids to the art term above- mosaic.
  • Next, have your child plan their design with the stones on a table or flat surface. Encourage them to create a pattern or design instead of just randomly placing the stones.
  • Measure 6 cups of Quickcrete into a large ziplock bag. Create one bag for each stepping stone you plan on making.
  • Add 1 cup of water to the bag. Close the bag and have your child mix the Quickcrete by kneading the bag until the consistency is even. It’s very important to make sure the bags are sealed well!
  • Once the Quickcrete is mixed, pour it into your plastic liner. Fill the liner about 2/3 full. The stepping stone should be about 1” thick.  Let it sit for a few minutes and then have your child add their stones.  Make sure the stones are pressed into the concrete firmly. If not, they will pop out once the stepping stone is dry.
  • Your stepping stone will take about 24 hours to dry. Once dry, it can be taken out of the plastic liner.


Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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10 Ways to Make Your Child’s Birthday Extra Special!

Kidcreate Birthday Boy All kids love birthdays. It is a day that is all about them. Sure the birthday party is great– friends, games, presents, and cake. But there is something even more special about little personal birthday acknowledgements throughout the birthday kid’s day. Here are some ideas.

 

Good Morning, Sunshine!

Start off the day with little surprises. Even the grumpiest morning kid will be in a good mood when greeted by these morning birthday surprises.

1. Bathroom Birthday Greeting Use lipstick or dry erase markers to write a birthday message on your kid’s bathroom mirror.

2. Birthday Threads Particularly for the little ones, have a special “birthday girl” or “birthday boy” shirt for them to wear. For older kids, have a special accessory ready for them to wear or use throughout the day.

3. Birthday Throne Decorate your birthday boy or girl’s chair at the breakfast table with streamers and balloons. Here’s a super cute example from catchmyparty.com

Special Birthday_Decorate Breakfast Chair

4. Birthday Breakfast Present the birthday kid with his or her favorite breakfast food along with a candle, sprinkles, or other festive food decorations. For example, stick a candle in a stack of pancakes, waffles, or in a muffin. Find the recipe for these super cute sprinkle filled waffles at www.shopsweetlulublog.com

Special Birthday_Birthday Cake Waffles with Candle

Midday Surprises

Whether your child’s birthday falls on a school day, during the weekend, or during the summer, there are little things that you can do throughout the day to whisper “happy birthday” in his or her ear.

5. Lunch Box Surprise Put a fun little note with a special message in your child’s lunch box, backpack, or pocket. But do not simply say, “happy birthday.” Be creative and let your kiddo know how special he or she is, or tease your child about what to expect when he or she gets home. Wrap each part of your child’s lunch in birthday gift wrap for another fun lunchbox surprise. Thank you www.happyhomefairy.com for this cute idea!

Special Birthday_Gift Wrap Lunch Box

6. Surprise lunch Surprise your child with a lunch date. Even if it is a school day, pick him or her up from school during lunch and have a quick, special birthday lunch.  

7. Little Gifts Instead of (or in addition to) one big gift, give your child several smaller gifts throughout the day. Surprise your child with a gift at breakfast, another one in the middle of the day or upon arriving home after school, and yet another at dinner.

Winding Down

The birthday celebration should reach a crescendo at dinner. However, do not stop there. Keep the personal celebration going until the lights go out.

8. Birthday Feast Cook your kid’s favorite food for dinner. Yes, even if it is hot dogs, pizza, or pancakes.  Of course, the dessert must be cake and ice cream!

9. Birthday Bath Fill the bathtub with balloons. Use soap crayons to write birthday messages on the tiled wall. Thank you to www.growingajeweledrose.com for this cute idea!

Special Bithday_Balloons in Tub

10. Birthday Bedtime Story As the special day winds down, tuck your little one in bed and read a birthday-themed book.

Now these are ways to really celebrate a birthday!  It does not matter if it is your kid’s first birthday or 21st birthday. Making the day extra special will make for a memorable birthday.

 

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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10 Amazing, Messy, Inspiring and Very Fun Summer Art Projects!

10 summer art projects from KidcreateAre you looking for some fun art ideas to keep your kids busy this summer?

Here are some of the most popular art lessons and messy time projects from the Kidcreate Studio blog.

Artist Inspired Projects . . .

Ice Cream Sundae

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!
(Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Theibaub)

Click here to go to blog post.

escher49

Escher Tessellations

Click here to go to blog post.

pollock_splatter  painting

Action Painting (Jackson Pollock)

Click here to go to blog post.

Messiest_Monoprints

Cassatt Monoprints

Click here to go to blog post.

Monet_The-Beach-At-Fecamp

Magnificent Monet

Click here to go to blog post.

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Messy Time Projects . . . 

Make Your Own Model Magic

Homemade Model Magic

Click here to go to blog post.

Huge Ice Cream Cone

Ice Cream in a Bag!
Make your own ice cream at home without an ice cream maker!

Click here to go to blog post.

silly putty

This Putty is so Silly. . . Homemade Silly Putty

Click here to go to blog post.

sidewalk chalk

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

Click here to go to blog post.

marker paint

Go Green!
Recycle Old, Dried Out Markers into Paint!

Click here to go to blog post.

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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