Art-Breaks Kids

“Our task regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more.”

-Loris Malaguzzi

Children are naturally creative beings. They have an investigative spirit and by enlarge they are open to new experiences. They tend to be consumed by the tasks they are engaged in, which makes process art an invaluable tool for childhood discovery. It is our job then to provide them with opportunities to discover a wide variety of tools for them to explore. I love open ended creative projects that encourage children to experiment, make connections, and express their own ideas! In these pages you will fine some of my favorite projects geared to children from infant to teen.

Art in the time of Covid

So covid has been an interesting challenge for many reasons, but as an artist/art teacher it has meant that many of us are working from home or virtually and often with limited supplies. Many of my teacher friends are attempting to teach kids who often do not have many supplies to work with at all.…

Mixed Media Cardboard Weaving Project

For this project we are going to create a fun mixed media wall hanging. You will need: Begin by taking the sheets of cardboard (I like to use fairly large pieces) and cutting them into fun organic shapes. There is no right or wrong here, but they tend to look best if they are a…

Scrape Painting

Scrape painting is a fun and easy process art project for all ages. You will need some sort of paint I like to use tempera paints for the little kiddos because it is washable, but older kids could use acrylic paints (inexpensive craft acrylics work great). You will also need something to scrape the paint…

Tips for setting up a kids Makerspace

For the past 5 years I have taught art and managed art studios and makerspaces designed with kids in mind. One question I am asked frequently at my job is, “How could I set up a small makerspace for my kids at home?” Well today I thought I would offer a few tips to get…

Sometimes Art Is Messy

So one thing that I find I am constantly saying is, “Sometimes art is messy.” In our culture we tend to have a fear of mess. This fear can act as an inhibitor to our creativity. We tell our children, “Don’t make a mess.” We tell ourselves, “I can’t do that it is too messy.”…

Sensory Art Play

I was first introduced to the idea of Sensory Art for kids when I lived in Portland, OR. The class was offered at an art studio called Art A La Carte that I frequented with my kids. Though my kids were too old for the class I fell in love with the concept. When I…

More fun with collage, part 2.

In Fun With Collages, Part 1 we looked at torn paper collages, cut paper collage, and vision boards. The post was getting long, but I felt like there was still so much more to cover! So today we will look at recycled art paper collages, cardboard collages, fabric collages, and found object collages. Just a…

Blow Painting: Process art for kids and Adults!

Blow painting is a fun process art activity for multiple age groups. Simply change the type of paint or pigment used for different effects and for different age groups. Read on to find out the general process plus check out my top 5 favorite projects using this technique! There are projects for preschoolers, school aged…

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