The Colors of Kandinsky’s Circles.

Ava, 8

At the age of 30 Wassily Kandinsky stop pretending that he was a lawyer.  Being unable to hide that enormous creative force that was always boiling inside of him, he moved to Europe from Russia and officially became an artist. His humble beginnings were soon noticed.  Today lots of artists follow his steps and admirably call him “The Father of Abstractionism”. Continue reading The Colors of Kandinsky’s Circles.

Khokhloma: Red and Black, and Gold All Over.

Anton, 11

I guess I know why people in Russia love bright and colorful decorations. You have to spend one year there to see that winter lasts long, long time and you wear a heavy coat and many layers under it; summer is when you wear a light padded jacket and the beginning of September might mark a start of putting on a hat and a winter coat again. Ok, I was exaggerating about summer but everything else is true. Tired of seeing gray landscape out of the window people turned to art to brighten their days and Khokhloma became a well recognized and popular ornament for tableware and furniture. Continue reading Khokhloma: Red and Black, and Gold All Over.

Why Still Life? Why Not? Making Measurements For Life Drawing-2.


Mark, 8

Painting still life is so much easier then painting people.  I’ve never heard of an apple complaining: “Oh no! You’ve made me look fat in that picture!” or banana saying: “I don’t look THAT yellow, do I?”  Milk jars and vases can stay motionless for hours, even days if you ask them nicely.  And people? You position and position and then after only five hours they start whining: “I am tired! I need to go to the restroom!” No wonder many artists prefer painting still life. Continue reading Why Still Life? Why Not? Making Measurements For Life Drawing-2.

Gyotaku Where You Least Expect It.

Gyotaku was born when Japanese fishermen wanted to record their catches and prove to their friends that they did not have pants on fire when they said they had a nice catch. At the beginning Gyotaku (jaio (fish)+ taku (rub) served only that purpose but since 1800s it became a separate form of art. Continue reading Gyotaku Where You Least Expect It.

Christmas Toys Paper Mache.


Do you feel it? It’s in the air! Christmas time, wonderful time. The weather is still awesome, but here and there you see a fresh-cut Christmas tree on the roof of a car.  Yet it seems so far away; a false feeling because the eve will come quickly and your head will spin. No surprise we are getting ready now, not later, by doing fun Christmas projects like this one. Continue reading Christmas Toys Paper Mache.

Calaveras Jersey Style.

Nicholas, 9

When you think of Mexico you think of bright clothes, spicy food and unusual art. They are able to make extraordinary out of simple things and celebrate the uncelebrated. The Day of the Dead, for example, is one of the most exuberant and lavish holidays in Mexico with lots of festivities, treats and decorations. Being about 2000 miles away from this wonderful country did not stop us from joining the tradition if only by making the sugar skulls which are traditionally made there for the fiesta. Continue reading Calaveras Jersey Style.

Royal Pumpkin Decoration.


This is an extremely delightful and beautiful project that is easy to do at home with the kids of different ages.

You will need:

  • Small pumpkins
  • Elmer multi-purpose spray adhesive. Bought a bunch here and can not be happier because we use it often.
  • Assorted glitter.
  • Strait pins. You can buy them at the sewing supply store or any kind of craft store.
  • Beads, glitter confetti or small cloth flowers.

Step 1: Spay adhesive near the top of the pumpkins while turning them around to get the coverage.

Step 2: Sprinkle  the glitter on the pumpkins and again, turn the pumpkins while shaking the jar. Allow some time to dry out.

Step 3:  String the confetti with the beads and stick the needles in the pumpkins. Watch out for the sharp edges.

Step 4: Admire your accomplishment.

With younger kids you can skip the third step and move on to admiring all together for the reason that no-one wants to have prickled fingers and upset faces while enjoying a pleasurable activity.

Happy Halloween everybody!

Art That Screams. Edvard Munch.

The Big Fat Hairy Scream. Courtesy of a Garfield’s Art Gallery and Collectibles.

The Scream painting by Edvard Munch can, perhaps, be compared to Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa as far as  the popularity is taken into account. It has been featured in cartoons; numerous reproductions have been made with famous characters and who does not remember the Home Alone boy screaming his heart out in the moments of extreme anguish. When I told the kids that we are painting a monster they were so exited they started clapping. Continue reading Art That Screams. Edvard Munch.