Monet for little ones

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So, this is my favorite watercolor idea combination: wax resist and Claude Monet. It makes sense to me. Everybody had crayons at home, wax resist a very simple technique that even the smallest kids can master very well, and Claude Monet… well, what can I say? I love Impressionists and the “not finished” or “almost abstract” feel to their paintings is easy for kids to master.

So, what can you do?

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I also included a .pdf document that has all the instructions (including the home-made watercolors) and you can print it out, share it… whatever you want. It is but a small preview from the magazine-in-making. If you like it, check out the Kickstarter campaign an spread the word. Thank you guys and enjoy the colorful project with your little ones.

As always, there are more ideas at our Pinterest and Facebook pages.

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Make your own watercolors

Making your own watercolors is much easier than you may think. I know I was surprised. This is how to do it:

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Part of the fun is trying to come up with a list of things you need to chop, cook and strain to get the colors you want… but if you want to start with some foundation (instead of running all over the kitchen and your garden), here is a good starting point:

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Next time, I’ll show you what you can do with these beautiful colors, introduce Claude Monet and Impressionism and show you a fun and engaging technique with cool results that your kids are sure to like. Stay tuned.

This project is part of the arTree magazine. If you want to learn more about it, follow us on Facebook and check out the Kickstarter campaign – there ares till two more weeks to become one of the first subscribers to a brand new ad-free magazine filled with art.

 

 

Free preview of a new art magazine for kids

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Today, arTree came bearing gifts: a little preview of the magazine. This is the link to a .pdf with the Seurat project.  There, you will find information about secondary colors and tutorial to do a little cut-out experiment to see the mixing of the colors in action. Then arTree introduces George Seurat and pointillism and a simple and fun art project with great results. Have fun, and if your kids create a picture you want to share, please do.  We’d love to share it in our Pinterest gallery and on our Facebook page.

Also, we are thrilled to announce that arTree has been featured in Red Tricycle and in local newspaper.

So, please help us spread the word and share the preview of the magazine if you wish.

PS: If you haven’t done so, message us on Facebook and we will send you another preview with more projects – about line and shape (op art, tangrams and much more)… to get your kids busy before the first issue lands in their hands.

If you like it, spread the word, share it with your friends & check out our Kickstarter campaign. Help us spread the creativity. Thank you.

What is Art?

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What is ART? Nobody can seem to agree on a simple definition… but even when we disregard that, what is art (and creativity) for you? Is it a way of expressing yourself – your ideas, your dreams, and your frustrations? Is it a form of relaxation? Or is it something completely foreign to you? And what about your kids?

Art is everywhere around us – whether we realize it or not. And I believe that the one of the most important things we can do, as parents – is to let our kids see it. We tend to ignore the things that surround us and rush through life… our kids don’t. They are the ones who notice a balloon on the restaurant ceiling, a sleepy cat in our neighbor’s window and a find lost coins in tall grass. If we can find a way to help them stay that curious as long as possible, we open their eyes to so many things, including art… don’t you think?

PS: If you want to see what art is for others, I put together a little “art quotes”  board on Pinterest. Take a look.

What’s your Line?

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So, what is a line anyway? We all know it but it can easier to show that to explain. According to a definition, it is a basic element of art. It is a simple, continuous mark on a paper. It helps us create shapes and more complicated pictures. It makes letters, numbers, and a lot of other things.

Lines can also be a lot of fun, especially if you use them in a Dada (child-like and playful)-kind of a way:

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Get some yarn and black paint. Dip the string in the paint (but be careful to leave a small piece out to hold onto – you don’t want it to get too messy). Then take it out and slowly drop it on a paper.

Put another paper on top and press down – this will make you two symmetrical pictures (and it will make sure you pressed hard enough and stayed clean). After that, just remove the paper and drop another string, and another… until you are happy with the way the picture looks.

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Now you can use markers to color the shapes you created. Choose different colors and different areas to color – isn’t it amazing how much it can change the picture?

If you want to explore more fun projects based on lines, check out our Pinterest page dedicated to them.