Watercolor Painting of a Nebula.

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Valeria, 4

I fell in love with watercolor a couple of months ago. After watching a few tutorials on YouTube, I realized that we could have meaningful and productive relationship. The absolute musts for that though are good quality paper, good quality paints and brushes, and a right approach.

For this class I settled on a fun and seemingly easy project of painting a Nebula using wet-in-wet technique. Continue reading Watercolor Painting of a Nebula.

Hanami. Sakura Celebration.

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Sasha, 9

If I have a chance to go to Japan I want to do it when cherry blossom trees are blooming. I can sing many praises to the uniqueness of the country  but really where else in the world do you have grand festivals devoted entirely to the blooming of the trees. They are called sakura and not only are they pretty but they are also very meaningful to the people of Japan. Continue reading Hanami. Sakura Celebration.

Faberge Egg Painting.

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The Rose Trellis Faberge Egg, 1907

They said Peter Carl Faberge died of a broken heart. He went to Switzerland after more then 30 years of being in demand as an imperial jeweler for the Russian Tsar. He was respected, rich and well known, had people working for him, lavish lifestyle and good relationship with Tsar Nikolai II. It all ended abruptly after the October Revolution of 1917 changed the course of the country and Faberge’s skills and ideas were no longer needed. Continue reading Faberge Egg Painting.

Keep Your Child Occupied. A Fluffy Art Project.

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An ice cream bowl by Victoria, 4

We had a rather gloomy Sunday last week. Nothing wrong, just some bad weather. My daugther  watched cartoons, played in her room and finally came up to me with an eternal problem – “I am bored”. I had a bag of pompoms that was in the craft box since last year and they were exactly what we needed to solve it.

You can use  an all purpose glue or something stronger. The surface matters only if you want to display the creation. I once bought the wooden cards for the class and since I had the leftovers, we utilized them.  The 30 minutes of undivided attention have produced two small art works that I am proudly presenting in the post.

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Balloons by Victoria, 4

I have to say that the pompoms are a pleasure to work with, soft and fluffy, and perfect for the small hands.

Have fun!

Science in Art. Seurat’s Pointillism.

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A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat

Georges Seurat was never a party animal. In fact his friends usually never saw him anywhere but behind his easel.  He worked compulsively and never cut corners in the process of creating. I mean, the man spent two years perfecting his black and white drawings. And then it took him two years to finish the painting featured above. Two years and only one painting. Not very prolific, right? But if it was not for his works who knows when the future generation artists could start implementing optical illusion in art.

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Keep your Child Occupied. Winter Activity-2.

So vibrant! So fascinating and colorful! I love food colorings! Not to use it in food, of course, but in kids projects they are extremely useful. Last year when my son decided that he wants to participate in a Science fair and make a volcano, food colorings worked great for lava special effect. He and his friend got a 3d place, by the way.

To keep my daughter busy outside I had an idea to make a snow day a bit brighter.

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These are the food colorings I bought in Shop Rite diluted in water.

The amount of creativity is unlimited: spray from the recycled Windex bottle, make splashes with a brush or color a snowman. We did it all.

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As an art teacher I’d say, enjoy and do not let anything stop you, but as a mother who does laundry and tries to keep her kids looking decent, I have to warn you that the colorings stain so wear mittens that you won’t regret throwing away later.

Have fun!

 

Keep Your Child Occupied: No Strings Attached.

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I want to share a way of painting that my kids still like despite the fact that I showed it to them more then a year ago.

The project is very easy to set up.

1. Squeeze a couple of drops of paint in a cup (or mix some paint if you like). You do not have to use many colors but conveniently go with one. Watercolor or acrylic will work equally fine.

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2. Cut a few strings if you have two or more kids or two or more colors. I prefer to use some extra pieces to avoid bickering. On the tip of each string I put a piece of tape or make a knot but it is not necessary  and if I have no time, I just cut the yarn, that’s it.

Do not forget the paper towels!

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My daughter tends to overdo it but that is a good sign. If she can not stop – she enjoys it.

I leave the paints overnight and often they pick up where they left the next day.

Hope your kids will enjoy it too.

Have fun!