Did you know that drawing, among other forms of creative activity can help reduce stress? It’s true! Studies have shown that people who practice various forms of art experience reduced levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. The best part is that you do not need to be an “artist” to experience these benefits. I wantContinue reading “Stress Transformation Drawings”
10 Art Journaling Ideas To Get You Started!
Practice self care by blending creative activity with mindfulness.
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”
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 aContinue reading “Mixed Media Cardboard Weaving Project”
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”
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”
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”
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 IContinue reading “Sensory Art Play”
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 aContinue reading “More fun with collage, part 2.”