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.Continue reading “Art in the time of Covid”

Mixed Media Cardboard Weaving Project

For this project we are going to create a fun mixed media wall hanging. You will need: Sheets of cardboard Paint Materials to use for texture while painting (bubble wrap, corks, bottle caps, sponges, etc.) Scissors Yarn or string. Awl or sharp object for punching holes Bowl (Cereal bowl is fine or larger) Pencil BeginContinue reading “Mixed Media Cardboard Weaving Project”

Magazine Embroidery

This is a fun little project suitable for teens and adults. You will basically be “doodling or sketching” with needle and thread over magazine images. Magazines are a favorite art supply of mine. I tend to keep a collection of various types of magazines on hand as I use them in my art frequently. ForContinue reading “Magazine Embroidery”

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 paintContinue reading “Scrape Painting”

Drawing Your Breath

I believe that creative expression is linked to mindfulness. When you are creating your are in the present moment. You are focusing on what is before you. I consider the process of creating to be an active form of meditation. This is especially true if you take the time to pause and notice your breathContinue reading “Drawing Your Breath”

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 getContinue reading “Tips for setting up a kids Makerspace”

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.”Continue reading “Sometimes Art Is Messy”