Play more with your kids. A New Year’s resolution? Maybe. But, many people fail grandly at New Year’s resolutions. Planning to create some new habits instead re-frames goals so that you are more likely to succeed. Here’s more on how that works. [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…]
…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.