Be Square . . . Make a Mondrian Inspired Masterpiece!

Be Square . . . Make a Mondrian Inspired Masterpiece!

Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian, is best know for his work that used primary colors, white and black in simplified lines and shapes on canvas. He believed highly simplified art could model a harmonious ideal world.

Mondrian was born in 1872 in the Netherlands. He was exposed to art at a very young age. His father was an art instructor and his uncle an artist. His early paintings were mainly landscapes. In 1911, Mondrian moved to Paris. It was in Paris, influenced by Cubist style artists like Picasso and Braque that his work became more abstract and began to incorporate more geometric elements. Later, in the Netherlands, Mondrian’s art was influenced of the primary color paintings of artist Bart van der Leck. After world war one, he returned to Paris and began creating the grid-based abstract painting for which he is know. Mondrian died in 1944 in New York City.

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ART KIDBIT:   PRIMARY COLORS

Primary colors are RED, YELLOW and BLUE. If you mix 2 primary colors, you will create a secondary color. (For example- red + yellow = the secondary color orange.) 

Art Project: 

Mondrian looked at the world around him and broke down what he saw into very simple geometric shapes and colors. Kids, you can do this too! Look at something and squint your eyes. Notice how the small details disappear? When you squint it’s easier to see the basic shapes and colors.


What you will need:

  • graph paper
  • pencil
  • ruler or something with a straight edge
  • black marker with a wide tip
  • red, blue and yellow paint (or red, blue and yellow markers)


Instructions:

1)    With your pencil and ruler, draw three vertical (that’s a line that runs up and down) lines on your sheet of graph paper.  The lines do not need to be equally spaced on the paper.

2)    Next draw three horizontal (side-to-side) lines on your sheet of paper.

3)    After drawing your lines, select some of the spaces and paint them with your primary colored (red, yellow and blue) paints.

4)    After your paint has dried, draw over you pencil lines with a thick black marker.

Vocab Quiz . . .  Kids, Can you find parallel and perpendicular lines in your masterpiece?

 

 

mondrianWant to learn more about Mondrian?

For biographical information about Mondrian and to see some of his art-  www.pietmondrian.com

Create Mondrian inspired art on your computer-
http://interglacial.com/pub/JavaScript/mondrian.html
http://www.tristesse.com/~howie/Flash/MondRect.html

 

 

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Fluffy Slime, Your Child’s New Obsession

Fluffy Slime, Your Child’s New Obsession

We like to think we’ve got some of the best slime recipes of any art studio around. If you’ve been with us in the studio or at one of our many On-the-Go locations, you’ve most likely had the chance to get messy with us! Our Fluffy Slime is a favorite with the young mess makers at our studios and we’re going to share it with you.

Making slime is a perfect activity for those long Summer days, rainy weekends, snow days or no school days. It’s easy to make and is sure to entertain any child!

Don’t worry about this sticky slime getting everywhere! We’ve got some tricks to help! We’ve also included some exciting ways to play with the slime beyond the satisfying squishing that always ensues.

 

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup shaving cream
  • 1/2 cup glue
  • 1/4 cup liquid starch
  • Paint (any color)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Straw
  • Resealable bag (storage)
  • Optional mix-ins: glitter, small plastic figurines, sequins, beads, googly eyes, etc

 

Directions:

  1. Cover your work surface with newspaper.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup of glue into a mixing bowl.
  3. Add paint into the same mixing bowl.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of shaving cream to the mixture.
  5. Time to mix. Stir together until all of it is one color.
  6. Add 1/4 cup of liquid starch.
  7. Now, stir together until slime forms. If the slime seems to sticky, add small amounts at a time of liquid starch.
  8. Ta Da!! You’ve made fluffy slime.
  9. Now it’s time to play!
    Dump the slime on to a clean surface- squish it, squeeze it, and stretch it! There are tons of ways to play with Fluffy Slime.
    –  Use a straw to blow bubbles. Put one end of the straw into the slime and make sure the entire end is surrounded by slime. Now, blow!
    –  Fluffy Slime can also be boosted by including some fun additions like glitter, tiny plastic figurines, googly eyes and so much more!
  10. When you are done playing, the fluffy slime can be stored in a plastic bag.
  11. Don’t forget to clean up!

 

Making a Mess Is the Best!

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Garden Stepping Stone Project

Garden Stepping Stone Project

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

Your child 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.

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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!

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Fireworks Reflection

Fireworks Reflection


The Fourth of July and
Art Are a Perfect Combination!

This 4th of July, squeeze in some messy art fun! Follow these simple step-by-step instructions to create a magical sky-scape full of fireworks that look like they are reflecting on water.

 

 Materials Needed:

  • Art paper
  • Washable markers
  • Colored construction paper
  • School glue
  • Small container for water
  • Paper towel

Directions: 

1. Start by thinking about all the amazing and massive fireworks you have seen. What colors are they? How big are they? Do they have any special details?

2. Now that we’ve thought about our favorite fireworks, begin by folding your art paper in half the long way (horizontally). Keep the paper folded and draw fireworks on the top half of the page. Make sure to fill up the entire space and have a few of the fireworks touch the edges of the page.

 

 

3. Next, unfold the paper, then refold the paper (horizontally again) so that this time the the drawn side is on the inside, facing down on to the blank half of the sheet.

4. Now is when we get a little messy! Wet a folded paper with a damp paper towel, like you are applying a temporary tattoo. Don’t miss a spot! Peel up the edges every now and then to make sure the colors are transferring.

 

 

5. Be super careful and unfold the paper. Set aside your masterpiece to dry on a table. Make sure that you are setting the damp paper on a washable surface, because some color may come through as the piece dries.

 

 

6. Once it is dry, frame with construction paper to finish your masterpiece!

 

 

 

 

 

For fun facts about reflections and
the 4th of July, click the links below –

Reflection Facts on Kiddle

4th of July Facts on kidskonnect

 

 

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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.

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Go Green- Part 2 . . . Crayon Recycling

Go Green- Part 2 . . . Crayon Recycling

With all the used school supplies coming home this time of the year, we know it’s tempting to just throw it all in the trash! Here are a few fun reasons to keep your child’s old broken crayons out of the garbage can.  After all, who wouldn’t rather make art not trash!

If you are looking for creative ways to use those old crayons, check out our Pinterest board! It’s filled with tons of great crayon recycling ideas.

Follow Kidcreate Studio’s board Crayon Recycling on Pinterest.

 

If you find you still have crayons left– have no fear!  We will recycle them for you.  Drop off your used crayons at Kidcreate.  We will make sure they don’t end up in a landfill!

 

 

 

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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.

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

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

Oh, no! You just stumbled across another dried out marker. Will your kids ever remember to put the caps back on!?! No worries. Instead of throwing it away, put it aside along with other dried out markers in preparation for a project that is both creative and environmentally friendly. With just a few steps and a few inexpensive supplies, you can recycle your dried out markers into watercolor paint.

 

marker paint 21) Once you have a collection of dried out markers organize them into similar colors.

2) Fill a plastic cup with water. Using 1-3 markers at a time, soak the tips of the markers in water. To speed up the process, take the markers apart, removing the internal ink-filled felt core and submerging it into the cup of water. There is no hard and fast rule as to how much water to use, so you will have to do a little experimentation. However, the more water that you use, the more diluted the ink will be.

marker paint 1If you prefer pastel colors, soak the tips or core in more water. If you prefer brighter colors, use less water and more markers. Once you have sufficiently soaked the markers in water, transfer your new paint into lidded bottles for storage.

3) Now for the fun part. Fill squeeze bottles with your new “paint.” Your kids can then squeeze a little of each color into their paint palettes or into plastic egg cartons. Before you know it, they will have created mini-masterpieces using paint produced from this green process.

 

 

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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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