Earth Day Art- Garbage Portraits

Earth Day Art- Garbage Portraits

If you don’t want to take the garbage out, use your creativity and turn your trash into beautiful artwork!

When we think of art materials, we typically think of things like paint, clay, ink and paper. Garbage isn’t something many people would put on their list of favorite art supplies! But why not?!?! Think about some of the things we throw away. There are so many different shapes, sizes, textures and colors waiting in the trash bin just begging for a little creative energy to turn them into something more!

This Earth Day dig in the trash, find some fun recycled “garbage” materials and create an amazing self-portrait!

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ART KIDBIT: Junk Art 

Junk Art, also referred to as Recycled Art, can be defined as an art form that uses old or used items or day-to-day trash to create something which is brand-new, attractive, and in some cases useful. 

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Paper grocery bags, cut the paper bags to approximately 10x16 (1 per kid)
  • Garbage/recycling items (bubble wrap, foam pieces, plastic bottles, newspaper, sponges, bottle tops, etc.)
  • Tempera paint
  • Brushes
  • Craft glue
  • Hot glue and glue gun (if necessary)
  • Scissors

DIRECTIONS:

  • Hold up your various pieces of garbage. What part of a person could each piece be? Think about the different shapes of parts of the body (rectangle=arm, leg, torso; circle=head, eyes; triangle= nose, skirt, etc.). Are you inspired???? It’s time to get messy!
  • Get out your paints. Paint your paper bag one of the primary colors (red, yellow or blue). Set it aside to dry.
  • While your paper bad is drying, choose some garbage items and start to arrange and alter them to create your portrait. Don’t forget to add details like clothing and hair after you have the basic shapes arranged.
  • Once you have all the pieces arranged, transfer them to your dry painted paper bag and glue everything down with craft glue. For special parts that need more stick, you may need to use a hot glue gun.
  • Finally, add a little more paint to your Garbage Portrait’s outfit, if desired.
  • Now, it time to show if this amazing transformation from garbage to gorgeous!

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Etsy’s Best Mother’s Day Gifts!

Etsy’s Best Mother’s Day Gifts!

Need Some Mother’s Day Gift Inspiration?
Check out These Unique, Handmade Gifts on Etsy!

Whether you are looking for a Mother’s Day gift to give your mom or for a gift for your child to give to grandma, thrill her (that’s right, bring her to tears) with a unique, handmade gift from an Etsy artisan.  Etsy.com is an online marketplace where independent artists sell their unique and often one-of-a-kind creations.  Etsy is a great place to find that special gift for your mom, grandmother, godmother, or friend who is “like a mother.” Since Etsy offers literally millions of products, we curated a few that we know will be instant smile-getters.

Sunshine Bracelets

One artist offers a pair of bracelets hand-stamped with the phrases from the popular song:  “You Are My Sunshine” and “My Only Sunshine.”


Jewelry, Jewelry and more Jewelry!

Mom’s love personalilzed jewelry! There are so many beautiful jewelry options on Etsy it was hard to narrow it down for our short list! This handmade gold necklace features a small disc-shaped charm that is hand-engraved with your mom’s initial. Another favorites included lovely a leaf shaped birthstone and monogram necklace that would be a great for mom or grandma. Mom not the monogram type? Every mom would love this darling mama bear necklace!

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Handmade Soap

Another artist makes purple and green swirled lilac scented soap from coconut oil, cocoa butter and other natural ingredients.  You mom’s skin will just love it!

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Grandma’s House Rules

Everyone knows that grandma’s house rules are different and more relaxed than mom and dad’s house rules.  This gift lists those rules on a piece of distressed wood, making it clear why kids love spending time at grandma’s house!

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“Greatest Blessings” Wall Art

Want to bring tears to your mom’s eyes?  Give her this beautiful custom printed and framed burlap wall art!

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Family Birthday Board

A family birthday board is a gift that serves two purposes.  It is a great way for mom to organize all of the birthdays of family members, and it is a beautiful piece of art.  Each birthday board features the 12 months of the year along with heart or circle shaped tokens.  You or mom can write each family member’s name on a token and place the token on a hook below the appropriate birthday month.

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You cannot go wrong with any of these gifts.  When the gift is opened, the smile will be instant!

 

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

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

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 

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 

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!

 

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!

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.
 

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to positively influence the lives of children.

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April Fools Day – Art Jokes That Make Kids Giggle!

April Fools Day – Art Jokes That Make Kids Giggle!

These Silly Art Jokes are Sure to Make Your Kids Giggle!

 

Why was the artist afraid he might go to jail? Because he’d been framed!

Which barnyard animal is a famous painter? Vincent van Goat!

What did the artist say when he finally finished his carving? What a relief!

What did the artist say to the dentist? Matisse hurt!

What did the artist draw before he went to bed? The curtains!

Why did the artist cross the road? To see from the other side.

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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)
Click here to go to blog post.

 Magnificent Monet
Click here to go to blog post.

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

 

 

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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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