Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas

Art Books for Kids

The holidays are here! It’s time to put on your creative gift-giving thinking cap! Here are some beautiful, creative and just darn FUN books that would make great gifts for the kids on your list.

Why give an art book as a gift?  Most kids enjoy creating art.  They love to “get messy” using paint, Play-Doh, glue, and glitter.  However, some kids do not consider themselves to be artists and do not believe they are able to create beautiful art.  Other kids get a little stuck in their creativity and need a nudge to help them expand the types of art they create.  Here are some great books that feature compelling stories and beautiful illustrations that encourage kids to use their imaginations to develop a greater appreciation of the different ways to create art and a greater understanding of the messages that art can convey.

  1. The Beautiful Oops, by Barney SaltzbergHave you ever observed your kids or your students ball up a piece of paper because they made a mistake while drawing?  Well The Beautiful Oops will give your little artist ideas as to how turn what at first seems to be a mistake into something wonderful.
  2. The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds.  This book is ideal for the hesitant artist who does not quite know where to start.  In response to her teacher’s suggestion that she start off by making a dot, Vashti angrily puts a dot on her paper.  From that dot the word of art opens up to Vashti.
  3. I Am an Artist by Pat Lowery Collins. Many kids and adults alike are quite creative but have a hard time viewing themselves as artists.  Collins shows that the definition of “artist” is quite broad.  By simply looking closely at objects around them kids will eventually realize that they do indeed have the mind and imagination of an artist.
  4. Why is Blue Dog Blue by George Rodrigue. Written by Cajun artist George Rodrigue, Why is the Blue Dog Blue encourages kids to think beyond the obvious when they create art and to make color choices based on the message they want to send through their art.  While Rodrigue’s message may seem complex, the book is written in a way that children will understand and apply it to their own artwork.
  5. Ish by Peter H. Reynolds.  Oftentimes adults and even other kids do not quite understand drawings created by kids.  However, to the artist the drawing makes perfect sense.  Ish gives encouragement to that child who has become discouraged because his or her artwork has been misunderstood.

 

 

 

 

 

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Master this Year’s Halloween Costume!


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

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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!

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Van Gogh- Starry Night

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Van Gogh- Self Portrait

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Jackson Pollock

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Vermeer- “Girl with the Pearl Earring”

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Roy Lichtenstein

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Edvard Munch- “The Scream”

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Da Vinci- “Mona Lisa”

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Andy Warhol- Pop Art

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Mondrian

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Grant Wood- “American Gothic”

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Frida Kahlo

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Andy Warhol

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Vincent van Gogh

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Bob Ross

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Art Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas

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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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5 Great Online Sources for Art Supplies

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You may be used to grabbing art and craft supplies from popular chain stores such as Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Jo-Ann Stores. These stores all have great selections of art and craft supplies for projects for kids as well as for your grown-up art projects. They each also offer weekly coupons so that you can buy some supplies at rock-bottom prices. There are, however, great online resources where you can find everyday art supplies, as well as unique and hard-to-find supplies at great prices with free or low-priced shipping. The best part, of course, is that you do not have to leave your house.

1.    Artist and Craftsman Supply   Artist & Craftsman SupplyWhether you are looking for craft supplies for the kiddos or supplies for your next sculpture, this online store will have what you need. $7 flat rate shipping or free shipping on orders over $150.

2.    Discount School Supply   Discount School Supply®If you have ever been in charge of your elementary school’s school store, you are probably familiar with Discount School Supply. In addition to offering the cutest erasers, pens and pencil sharpeners, Discount School Supply is a great resource for tons of bulk art supplies for craft projects for school, Girl Scouts, and Sunday school. Free shipping on orders over $79.

3.    Etsy   Etsy is a great resource for unique, handmade gifts. It is also the place to buy supplies to make your own handmade gifts. Etsy has practically any art and craft supply you can think of and many that you would never have thought about!

4.    Jerry’s Artarama   Jerry's Artarama Online Discount Art Supplies and Materials SuperstoreThis is a comprehensive online art supply store. In addition to a wide range of art supplies, they also offer kids art supplies, books, and DVDs.  They even have Snazaroo Face Paints!  (Gotta be honest. I had never heard of Snazaroo before visiting this site. This just goes to show you that Jerry’s Artamara has something for every art interest.) Flat rate standard shipping from $5.95 – $9.95. Free shipping when you join the “Frequent Shipper” program for $79 per year.

5.    Stubby Pencil Studio  Stubby Pencil StudioI have to admit that I was first attracted to this online store because of its cute name. Once I checked it out, I discovered a wealth of eco-friendly art and craft supplies, desk accessories, stationery, and toys. Free shipping for orders over $100.

 

5 More Online Resources. . .

My list of online resources for art and craft supplies would not be complete without mentioning a few you probably already know about.  1.  Amazon  We all know Amazon has practically everything you want including art and craft supplies.  2-4. Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Jo-Ann  If there is not one in your neighborhood, check out their online stores.  5.  Blick  The online version of the old-school, art supply store that you may have first discovered around the corner from your college campus.
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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)

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Escher Tessellations

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Action Painting (Jackson Pollock)

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Messiest_Monoprints

Cassatt Monoprints

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Monet_The-Beach-At-Fecamp

Magnificent Monet

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Messy Time Projects . . . 

Make Your Own Model Magic

Homemade Model Magic

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Huge Ice Cream Cone

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

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silly putty

This Putty is so Silly. . . Homemade Silly Putty

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sidewalk chalk

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

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marker paint

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

Click here to go to 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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Summer To-Do List!

Great Ideas for Your Families Summer To-Do List!

Looking for some fun ways to keep your kids busy this summer? Here’s a couple hundred great ones! Check out the Summer Bucket Lists we pinned in our This Summer’s To-Do List board on pinterest!

 

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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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Father’s Day Photo Gifts

Ties, golf balls, and “Dad” coffee mugs are all cool Father’s Day Gifts. However, dads love gifts that their kids make.  Yes, the lopsided mug made in art class at school and the popsicle stick picture frame without doubt will bring a smile on dad’s face.  Building on the DIY concept, for this Father’s Day we found some great ideas for unique DIY  gifts for dad that feature creative, yet easy photography.

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1) We Heart Daddy Shadow Picture.  Make a sign or series of signs with cutouts of the words “We (or I) heart (using the heart symbol) Daddy!”  Take a picture of the children holding the signs.  To make this photo a bit different, instead of taking a photo of the actual kids, take a photo of the shadows of the kids holding the sign.  Dad will think this is super cool!  Once you take your photo, use it to make beautiful print.  Print it on 8″ x 10″ or 11″ x 14″ paper and frame it.  Or, use a photo lab to have the photo printed on canvas.

Father's day shadow photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn how-to here: discountqueens.com

2) Foot Love.  There is something compelling about the little feet and cute little toes of kids.  Why not write “We love you, Dad” on the bottoms of your kids feet and take a photo?

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Learn how-to here: frecklephoto.com

3) “I Love Daddy Because…”  I bet your kids can make a long list of reasons they love their dad.  Pick 4 of these reasons and make signs.  Take pictures of your kids holding one sign at a time.  Combine the 4 photos into one print with the caption:  “I Love Daddy Because…”
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Learn how-to here: enframephotoblog.com

4) Daddy and Me Photo Book.  Compile several photos and use a photo lab to make a photo book.  Compile random photos or select a theme such as Father’s Day photos throughout the years, sports-themed photos, or photos of your child and dad with funny expressions.

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5) Photo of Generations.    This unique idea involves a picture of granddad holding a picture of dad, holding a picture of your kid.  The result is powerful.
Father's day generations photo
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Photo Credit: Cheezburger

Your kids will love helping to make any of these gifts, and Dad will think it is awesome!

Fathers Day Photo Gifts 2

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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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