arTree magazine: preview issue

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The first issue of arTree magazine is almost here!

I have been working towards this goal for quite some time and now it is almost here. The first issue has been sent to a proofreader and will be available for a free download in a coupe of weeks. The first issue if about Gustav Klimt and tree of life/family tree. It is filled with art projects and activities, exclusive interview (and project) with a unique jewelry artist and much more. It is 13 pages of creativity.

If you want to make sure to receive a link for the free issue, sign up here: http://eepurl.com/wwbaz

 

 

FREE tile decorating event

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Join us for FREE tile decorating during the Mill Creek ART Walk on July 11th from 5 to 8 pm.

Your kids will learn about Henri Matisse and decorate a tile (and a bookmark) just like he would. They can use templates or their imagination and the project is suitable for kids of all ages (even though preschoolers may need a little bit of help).

And while your kids are busy you can be the first to see samples of arTree’s new magazine – ready for the school year 2013.

Is Art Education Worth it?

We all know art education is missing at our schools. But just how important is it? According to this study it can make a big impact on many lives. Just check it out for yourself:

  • Students who are involved in the arts are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
  • Low-income students who are highly engaged in the arts are more than twice as likely to graduate collage.
  •  Students who take four years of art/music classes average almost 100 points better on their SAT.

There are many reasons why we should keep arts in our schools – but the truth is that there is not enough money for that. There are more pressing needs and problems teachers and principals have to deal with – before they get to the PTAs, art docent programs and art supplies.

But I believe that the art does not have to suffer and the art docents can get a little help. I know what a hassle it can be to look through the materials you get from a district, not knowing what to teach, why and how… it is overwhelming and boring. But it does to have to be. It is art.

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That’s why I have decided to try and help. I am working on an art curriculum for elementary school kids that they could follow with their teachers, parents or by themselves. It will be an online, weekly “magazine” and it will be inexpensive. Once purchased through PTAs (or just parents) it will be available to ALL kids at the school for the whole year. Stay tuned if you are interested in learning more… I hope to make this available for September.

arTree is part of the Art Walk!

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arTree is proud to be part of the Mill Creek Town Center Art Walk.We will be at the “Color Me Mine” in July, August and September with activities and art projects for your little ones who may be be getting tired and less cooperative. We are sure to recharge them for you! Stop by and say hello.

And even though we will not be there in June yet – we hope you will come and visit the Art Walk as well, there are going to be some wonderful artists and musicians!

BTW: Do you know artists who would like to showcase their art? Let us know! We will see you in July, August and September! Cannot wait. Either email me at artreekids@gmail.com or contact the Art Walk directly at MCArtwalk@gmail.com

PS: and yes, we’ve done the graphics on this one 🙂

Art & Technology Night

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Another place where you can come in and get creative – arTree is proud to be part of the first art & technology night at Woodside elementary. Come and do an art project with us (bookmarks with Matisse… and much more), explore Lego robotics  and iPads, and most importantly – come to admire the beautiful art done by art docents and the kids at the school. Hope ti see you there!

Art Fair with arTree

I am back and getting busy. In less then two weeks, there will be an art fair at our local preschool where arTree will be hosting one of the activities. Here is some information, if you live close and would like to see a great preschool and/or spend some creativity filled afternoon with your child.
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Join us for a silent auction and fun art activities for kids. Do you want to paint like Claude Monet? Do you want to get your picture taken in his garden, learn about reflection, see your paper flower magically open by itself and bring a some of the garden home – as a plantable paper? Then join arTree and others for some creative fun.

Saturday 27th April, 2013 from 4 to 6 PM @ Snohomish Goddard School (13119 Seattle Hill Rd, Snohomish, WA)

See you there – and if you cannot make it, I’ll share pictures and activities so that you can experience the impressionists from the comfort of your home.

30-pages of Art Projects for Download

The first copy of newsletter is out along with a link for a free download of the “first issue” of arTree. 

These are just some ideas from the 30-page-long magazine/lesson plan. You will find projects inspired by Mondrian, Seurat, Monet, and Matisse… games and activities, ways to make your own watercolors and much more. you can download it for free here.

And please, if you have a minute, rate arTree… it’s most appreciated!

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You can view the newsletter here.  And if you would like to subscribe, please do so on this page.

Have fun and stay creative!

Do the Arts Make Us Smarter?

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Tomorrow (3/14/13) at 3 p.m. EDT, there is a live chat at ScienceMag.org with researchers who study the relationship between arts and intelligence – Daniel Levitin ( professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience) and Keith Oatley (professor of Cognitive Psychology). You can join the discussion here.

I will definitely check in and will share the highlight with you, if you do not have time to join yourself.

The End is only the Beginning

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he Kickstarter campaign is coming to an end but even though arTree did not raise enough funds for its first year, it generated a lot of interest and new possibilities. I am happy to say that arTree is alive and kicking.

First, I would like to thank you all for supporting the idea and spreading the word. I am thrilled to see such an interest and passion from you guys. It is very rewarding to see how many people care about art.

Over the last couple of weeks arTree went through a lot of changes and ups and downs… we have been featured in couple of newspapers, websites and blogs. A lot of people expressed interest in trying out the projects in classroom settings (teachers as well as homeschoolers).

After a lot of meetings and discussions, we have decided to change the format of the magazine a little bit – to develop art curriculums for preschoolers (and later elementary-schooled-aged kids). But it will not be only for the educators… we’d love to offer it to all of you guys as well – at least as downloadable .pdfs and sample projects. There will still be step-by-step directions with a lot of variations, art techniques and artists… and a lot of other activities to do with your kids – but it will be more focused on the 3-5 year-olds and will be centered around kid-friendly themes (flowers, animals, water…).

If you are interested, want to stay in touch, or just want to get some free art project ideas every couple of weeks… sign up for our newsletter (or follow us on Facebook).

So, again – thank you all for your support. I would not be able to push on without you, guys.

Thank you and stay in touch,

Eva, creator of arTree

PS: If you want the first digital issue of arTree magazine (seems only fair to give it to you as thanks for your support), send me an email at artreekids@gmail.com or subscribe to the newsletter.