Do your children like to draw? Of course they do. Here are some drawing videos I found on YouTube that are child tested and approved by me. Drawing enhances brain development and works like meditation to improve focus and self-regulation. If you are like most parents, you don’t feel confident to help your children with this lofty skill, so these videos could be just what you need. You might even find yourself drawing right along! [Read more…]
I built the Basic Supply List to promote creativity, and as an important starting place with the idea that economy matters, and the belief that a well chosen set of basic art supplies can support a vastness of children’s creations. And, that is still true.
When I assembled this list, though, I looked for odd, quirky, and beyond the basic supplies to expand what you already have. Browse with pleasure, pick and choose, however, resist any pressure to have it all right away. You can just come back now and then and find something that you overlooked the first time through. Have fun! [Read more…]
Now that you have built your loom, using the directions in the previous post, Build a Simple Frame Loom, you’re ready to help your kids learn frame loom weaving! The videos in this article demonstrate setting up or warping, weaving, and removing a weaving from the loom. All three links are at the bottom of this post.
Keep in mind that kids focus on process when they do art – not always product. Sometimes what they do isn’t what we would think to do, but that’s OK. Just let them experiment and solve problems. Help them with the techniques and skills and try not to make suggestions about how they actually choose to do their weaving. Fun is the name of the game. [Read more…]
Archaeologists tell us that people have been weaving things for more than 20,000 years. Since fibers decompose over time, remains of ancient weavings are rare, and most artifacts are things like spear points and pottery. Sometimes ancient people used a simple, portable loom and other times just their hands. Early people wove fabrics, floor mats, baskets, and even roof structures for early homes such as pit dwellings. And what about fences?
It can be very exciting for children to know these things and to be a part of such an ancient art form, especially when they can do it simply, like our ancient ancestors did. Simple looms are easy to build and your children can fill hours of time, inside, outside, on the road, weaving anything and everything into their projects. Here are the instructions. Have fun!
I love printmaking! It’s kind of like painting, kind of like collage, kind of like sculpture. The tools are special and exciting. And, I’ve never found a kid yet who didn’t just love printmaking, too. So, let’s get started! [Read more…]
Welcome! You’ve read Part 1 of Art with the Kids, and you are gathering things on the Budget Supply List. Now, let’s talk about how to create a studio space in your home. It’s easier than you think and mainly because we will get creative ourselves, and flexible, about how to do this. There are no rules and even you have the space!
Often I feel like making messes. Well, art messes, that is. Sometimes it’s because life has moved inside a bit from the outside living we do in the summer. Other times I see an awesome art supply in the store and get an idea of how to use it. And, often I want to try something out before I introduce the idea to a client in an art therapy session.
So, this is the first of a few posts on art with the kids for you and your children. Let’s go over some different ways to get that going, or jazz up what you are already doing.
…and the livin’ is easy. School’s out, summer is here, and, hey parents, you have your children back for a few months. You can plan things that you have no time to do during the school year. Let’s face it. The hectic schedule during the school year with homework, sports, etc. books up all the time and doesn’t allow for much lazy leisure.
Which, by the way, is a necessity for optimal health. Lazy leisure. Down time. Long drawn out stretches to indulge in a project uninterrupted by tight scheduling. Time when you lose track of time. But… what to do? Tight schedules don’t promote creative mental wandering to the places where ideas come from and the transition from go go go feels a little jagged at first but that passes. So, here are some free or pretty darn cheap ideas for a jump start.