Spring Break Art Activities!

Spring Break Art Activities!

Keep your kids busy over spring break with these fun art projects!

No school days don’t have to be a no learning days! Here are some fun (and educational) art lessons from the Kidcreate Studio blog.

 Cassatt Monoprints
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 MondrianBe Square . . . Make a Mondrian Inspired Masterpiece!
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 Escher Tessellations
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 I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream! (Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Theibaub) 
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 Action Painting (Jackson Pollock)
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 Magnificent Monet
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 Haring’s Pop Art People!
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Escher Tessellations

Escher Tessellations

Relativity

M.C. Escher was known for the “impossible structures” shown in his art. He was also considered the ‘Father’ of modern tessellations.

An example of one of Escher’s “impossible structures” can be seen in Relativity. Look at this picture. Try to figure out which way the people are walking. Can you do it?

Escher’s art is filled with mathematical relationships between shapes, figures and space. He even wrote papers on math later in his life. Amazing since, as a child, he didn’t do well in math class!

Try this tessellation
art project at home-

 

Supplies-

  • Index card
  • Large sheet of white paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • Black marker
  • Crayons, color pencils or paints

ART KIDBIT: 
TESSELLATIONA tessellation is composed of a picture or tiles, mostly in the form of animals, which cover the surface of a plane in a symmetrical way without overlapping or leaving gaps. That’s a pretty complicated definition for something that looks like it is made out of interlocking puzzle pieces! Escher 49 is an example of a tessellation.

Instructions-

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1) With your pencil draw a line from left to right across the index card. The line can be straight or squiggly. (Figure 1)

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2) Draw a line from top to bottom on the index card. Again, the line can be straight or squiggly. (Figure 2)

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3) With scissors, cut along the lines. You should end up with 4 pieces. (Figure 3)

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4) Rotate the pieces so the outer corners (corners marked x on the diagram) touch. Tape the shapes together. Now you have created a stencil for your tessellation. (Figure 4)

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tesselations_figure55) Look at the shape you created. What does it look like? Does it look like a flower, a turtle or maybe a frog? Decide what it is going to be. You will be coloring it in later. We decided that the shape in our example would be a flower. (Figure 5)

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6) On your large piece of paper, use the stencil to create a repeating pattern. If you did the stencil correctly, your outlines should fit together like a puzzle.  (Figure 6)

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tessellations_figure77) Use your crayons, color pencils or paints to color in each of your objects. Alternate colors to create a really cool pattern. (Figure 7)

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5 Ways to Organize Your Child’s Art!

5 Ways to Organize Your Child’s Art!

Was getting organized on your list of New Year’s resolutions?  If you have young children, your house is probably overrun with art.  In addition to the gazillions of drawings children create at home, once they start school they create new little masterpieces practically every day.  With both wall and fridge space quickly disappearing, what are you to do with your little one’s creations?  Here are some ideas for organizing and displaying your children’s art. 

 

1) Create a Family Art Gallery.  Do not limit your kid’s art to just the refrigerator door or your child’s room.  Pick a room in the house as your family’s art gallery.  Fill the walls with your family’s art.  Select a room that is “family friendly” such as the family room or media room.  Or, use a hallway.  Purchase or make beautiful frames to properly display the art.  When family or friends visits, proudly give them a VIP tour! Thanks to mylittlebookcase.com for the adorable family art gallery example photo!

2) Create “Look Books.”  There are now several online services such as ArtKive and Blurb that will print images of your artwork and bind them in a soft cover or hardcover book.  Create a new one for each year of your child’s life.  Look books also make great gifts for grandparents!

3) Create Functional Art.   With today’s technology your children’s artwork can be printed on a wide variety of items by companies such as Shutterfly that you can use around the house. Examples include decorative pillows, serving trays, mugs, blankets, and yes . . . even shower curtains! Fill your house with these items and your children’s artwork will never be far away.

4) Create a Digital Gallery. One of the best ways to manage a large amount of artwork is to go paperless.  Make digital images of your child’s artwork by scanning it or taking photos of it and save it into an online image organizer.  You will be able to easily email images of your child’s latest creations to grandma and grandpa, and you will be able to take a sentimental look back at it for years into the future.

5) File it Away. Even if you create look books, a gallery and home accessories with your child’s art, there are bound to be many originals that you are not prepared to discard.  Place the artwork in letter or legal size folders, labeled with each child’s name.   Place the set of folders in a large but shallow lidded box that can be easily stored under a bed.  You can easily add to it. Go through the box from time to time and decide which of your little one’s masterpieces you are ready to let go. 

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to positively influence the lives of children.

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Snowflake Art Projects for Kids

Snowflake Art Projects for Kids

It’s cold, wet, white and oh-so-fun!

Every snowflake is a unique masterpiece, and great inspiration for tons of fun art projects! Here are some of our favorites from the World Wide Web…

 

Bleeding Tissue Paper Snowflakes from thepinterestedparent.com.

http://thepinterestedparent.com/2016/10/bleeding-tissue-snowflake-art/

Watercolor and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflakes from artycraftykids.com

artycraftykids.com/art/watercolour-and-oil-pastel-resist-snowflake/

Snowflake Quilt from b-inspiredmama.com

b-inspiredmama.com/paper-snowflakes-quilt/

Radial Paper Relief Snowflakes from artwithmrsnguyen.com

http://www.artwithmrsnguyen.com/2014/05/radial-paper-relief-sculptures-4th5th.html

Star Wars Snowflakes from mattersofgrey.com

http://mattersofgrey.com/diy-star-wars-snowflakes/

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to positively influence the lives of children.

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Melted Snowman Ornament

Melted Snowman Ornament

Are harsh temps keeping you and your child idle this holiday season? 

 
Warm things up this holiday, by creating a melted masterpiece using a variety of art supplies you may even already have! This is the perfect all-in-one craft project and holiday gift for grandparents!

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ART KIDBIT: BioColor Paint

BioColor Paint is a student favorite at our studios! It’s a washable, eco-friendly, water-based paint that can be used to paint on paper, as well as, plastic, wood, foil, cardboard and clay. In addition, BioColor can be used to make silly putty (Click here to learn how to make silly putty with BioColor), puff paint and so much more! BioColor is free of common allergens like latex, dairy, egg, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts and soy!

Art Supplies:

  • Small plastic disposable plate
  • Dixie cup
  • Craft glue (about a half of a Dixie cup full)
  • White BioColor Paint (If you don’t have BioColor Paint, no problem! Your snowman can be made without it. He just won’t be as opaque.)
  • Ribbon or string
  • Craft stick
  • Small black beads (snowman’s eyes and mouth)
  • Orange straw bead (snowman’s nose)

Directions:

  • Give your child a Dixie cup filled a little less than half of the way with craft glue. Add about 2 tablespoons of white BioColor Paint. Then have your child mix the two together with a craft stick. (NOTE: BioColor Paint is not required for this project. Your snowman will be more transparent if made without the paint.) 
  • Then, take your ribbon or string and form a loop on the plastic plate. You may need to use a small dab of glue to hold the string in place.
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  • Now comes the fun part! Pour the paint/glue mixture onto the plate so that it forms a puddle. Be sure it covers the end of the ornament’s string! Use your craft stick to spread and shape the glue.
    • Set the beads into the glue-puddle so that they form two eyes and a smile. Then use your orange straw bead for the snowman’s nose.
    • Once completed, let your gluey masterpiece dry. Ta-da! Your melted snowman ornament is complete!

     

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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!

    Make a Difference, While Making a Great Living!

    Open a Kidcreate Studio and use the power of art
    to positively influence the lives of children.

    Click here to learn more about franchise opportunities with Kidcreate Studio.

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