Science in Art. Seurat’s Pointillism.

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.

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.


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.


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!


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!


Snow in the City. Mixed Media.

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Growing up in Siberia I think I can easily get a PHD in a snomanship if someone ever decides to establish an academic degree for the craft. Here, in New Jersey, the winters are unpredictable and once in a while we get a snowless one. Like the one we are having now.

When the hill won’t come to Mahomet, Mahomet will come to the hill. I’ve already described one snow project that my kids enjoy and you can find it here . This week we created a snowfall in the city.

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Keep your child occupied. Winter activity.

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This is going to be a short post on how to keep your kids busy without TV or an IPad. If you have shaving cream already then you do not even need to go to the store to buy it for the project. I went a few weeks ago and bought 4 bottles. Boy, do they smell!

However, I loved how the project turned out. Besides there is an enormous amount of fun before the final stage.

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Oh! Yes, almost forgot to explain why we call it a “Winter Project”. My daughter asks me to play in the “snow” and she does very often in the comfort of our own studio.

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I give her toothpicks for mixing but anything will do, even the other end of a pen.

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Just put a piece of paper on the “snow pile” and you will receive something looking like that.


We do not always press paper because every silly little thing does not have to end in an artistic accomplishment.

I promise at least a half an hour of silence or more. 😉