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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Valentine’s Day Clay Kiss Art Project

Valentine’s Day Clay Kiss Art Project

Clay Chocolate Kiss

Nothing says “I Love You” better than a hand-made gift!

Valentine’s Day is all about showing those closest to us how much we love them. And what more iconic symbol of this love is there than a HERSHEY’S KISS?

This giant version of the signature candy is a fun project to make with your kids, and serves as a wonderful homemade gift to give a loved one this Valentine’s Day. 

ART KIDBIT: 
The History of Hersey’s Kisses

It is not known exactly how Hersey’s Kisses got their name. The most popular theory is that the candy was named for the noise or perhaps the motion of the chocolate being deposited when the Kisses are made.

Materials Needed:

  • Roll paper or plastic table cloth to cover tables (optional)
  • Air dry clay (1-2 lbs.)
  • 9” x 9” piece of tinfoil
  • White paper cut into 3/4” x 11” strip
  • Blue pen or colored pencil

Directions:

  • To prepare, cover a table with paper or table cloth to protect the surface.
  • Start by grabbing a softball size piece of clay.
  • Roll the clay into a ball shape.
  • Next, roll the clay back and forth on the table while pressing on one side to form the cone shape of the top of the Kiss.
  • Then, tap the bottom of the clay on the table gently a few times to flatten, completing the Kiss shape.
  • Setting the clay aside, take your 3/4” x 11” sheet of paper and use a blue pen or pencil to write the word “kisses” over and over, just like a real Hersey’s Kiss wrapper.
  • Lay the “kisses” paper strip on top of the clay so it is sticking out above the clay.
  • Tear a sheet of tinfoil to approximately 9” x 9”, large enough to cover the entire Kiss.
  • Wrap up the Kiss, leaving the “kisses” strip sticking out the top.
  • TaDa! You have created a perfect Valentine’s Day gift!

 

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Valentine’s Day Silly Putty

Valentine’s Day Silly Putty

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with an oooey gooey art creation? 

 Your kids will love this as much as they love their Valentine’s Day sweets! Most adults remember playing with silly putty as a kid! Stretching it out oh-so-long and then rolling it up in a ball. Squishing it through your fingers. The stuff was awesome!!!! It’s probably no surprise to you that homemade silly putty is one of the kid’s favorite messy time projects at our studios. They LOVE it! It only takes a few ingredients and is very easy to make. Give it a try. . . .  

 

Materials: 

Note: Recipe makes enough for 1 child
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  • 2 tablespoons of school glue
  • 1 tablespoon of liquid starch (You can find liquid starch in the laundry detergent section of most grocery stores.)
  • Small disposable cup
  • Red liquid watercolor or food coloring (Please note- liquid watercolor is best but if you don’t have it food coloring will work. Be aware that food coloring may stain the kids hands or anything else the silly putty touches.)
  • Red and pink glitter, sequins and confetti hears (optional)
  • Craft stick, chop stick or plastic knife to mix with
  • Small plastic bag
  • Newspaper to cover your work surface

 

Directions:

  1. Cover your work surface with newspaper.
  2. Pour 2 tablespoons of school glue into the cup.
  3. Pour 1 tablespoon of liquid starch into the same cup.
  4. Put 4 drops of liquid watercolor or food coloring (any color) into each cup. If you want, sprinkle a little glitter into the cup also.
  5. Time to mix. Use the craft stick (or twig) to mix the contents of the cup thoroughly.
  6. Viola! You have made silly putty. It’s time to play. Dump the silly putty out of the cup- squish it, squeeze it, and stretch it!
  7. When you are done playing, the silly putty can be stored in a plastic bag.
  8. Don’t forget to clean up! 

 

Isn’t Making a Mess is the Best?!?!

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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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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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    Holiday Snow Globe Art Project

    Holiday Snow Globe Art Project

     

    One of the most treasured holiday decorations is the snow globe, and what way to make it even more memorable than by creating your very own?

    This easy-to-make snow globe is a fun and creative way to get your kids involved in the holiday decorating, and will be a memorable keepsake for years to come. 

     

    Materials Needed

     

    • Plastic or Glass Jar with Lid
    • Plastic Figurine
    • Florist Clay
    • Greenery and/or Flowers (2-4 Sprigs)
    • 2-4 Different Colors of Glitter
    • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Stick
    • Yellow, Blue, White, and Red Model Magic®. (NOTE: The yellow and blue can be mixed to create green.)
    • School Glue

    ART KIDBIT:

    The History of Snow Globes

    We don’t know exactly when the first snow globe, or snow dome, was made, but they appear to date back to the early 1800s in France.

    They used to be made from heavy lead glass placed over a ceramic figure, filled with water and sealed. The snow was bone chips or pieces of porcelain, sand or even sawdust. 

     Directions

    • Select a figurine for inside the globe. Then, using half of the florist clay, attach the figure to the inside of the jar lid. Make sure the florist clay wraps around the feet or bottom of the figurine. (NOTE: Make sure not to cover the threads of the lid or the jar will not seal properly.)
    • With the second half of the florist clay, add some greenery to the inside of the lid around your figurine. Preview what it will look like by putting the jar over the top. Make sure the greenery does not touch the edges of the jar.
    • Carefully fill the jar with cold water to about ¼” below the top rim. If it’s too full it will spill over, but if it is not full enough your will have an air pocket inside of the globe.
    • Sprinkle some glitter (approx. 1 small palm full) into the jar.
    • Screw the lid onto the jar and crank tight.
    • To ensure that the water doesn’t leak out, use your hot glue gun to seal the lid to the jar. A small bead of glue around the seal will do the trick.
    • Now it’s time to decorate the outside of your snow globe! Get out the Model Magic and create a coil (or snake). Wrap the coil around the rim of the jar’s lid and attach it with a line of school glue. Remember, yellow and green Model Magic can be combined to create green.
    • With more Model Magic, create patterns and extra details to go on top of the coil. These can be placed directly on top of the coil, there is no need for school glue.
    • Ta-Da! Your snow globe is complete! Shake it by gently tipping it up and down. (NOTE: The figurines may come unstuck if it is shaken too hard.)

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    to positively influence the lives of children.

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