Watercolors are always fun with the little ones. Especially, once you show them how to explore different watercolor techniques.
- What happens when you paint with watercolors and then dab it with a paper towel before it dries?
- What happens if you drop lemon onto the wet watercolors?
- What if you put salt on the watercolor before it dries?
- What if you crumble a plastic wrap onto the wet watercolor paper and leave it there until it dries (at least partly)?
Just make sure, the kids do not use too much. The piles of salt or the puddles of lemon juice sound like a good idea but they can destroy even the thickest watercolor paper.
If you are up to it, you can even fill the whole page with only one color, add a little painted (and cut out) penguin in a cute sweater and you have a South Pole scene that is refrigerator-worthy. Learn more in our January 2015 issue (coming out early next week).
Have you ever tried using alcohol inks before? I love it, especially in the holiday time. It is so easy that it is an awesome project even for toddlers (if you are ok with their hands being colorful for a couple of days).
You just need some alcohol inks and a blending solution.
Then you just put a little blending solution onto the ornament (or a tile, like we did later) and start dropping the inks onto the ornament. The more blending solution you use, the more the inks will blend into each other (and the more space they will cover).
It truly is that simple!
Once it dries, it can be washed and it stays on. Just do not put anything edible on it.
We even made some coasters out of 16-cent tiles. We just glued some felt underneath and made a fun holiday-gift for kids’ teachers and parents in under 5 minutes and $1.
YAY! Our new website has launched! We have worked on it for a while now and I cannot even tell you how excited I am that it is launched and done!
Anyway, I’d love to show you how it looks! And what better way to look at our magazine, video trainings and presentations than to give you free access to at least one issue. Here it is.
It is filled with pages of art projects for kids 5-10 years old.
I chose one of my favorite issues of the magazine. I just love Paul Cézanne. Check it out, maybe you will fall for his apple paintings as well. For me, it is always about the back story… did you know, why he painted over 200 paintings of the apples for 30 years? You will know it in a minute…
Just click this link and let me know what you think: https://artreekids.com/magazine/issues/2014/11/
Do not forget to check out the ‘see training materials’ to access videos, presentations and more.
Enjoy the season with Paul Cézanne and his still life paintings. Learn why he painted apples for over 30 years and why it took so long for art critics to appreciate them. Create your own still life with apples, pumpkin and squashes.
Discover how oil blends oil pastels and hairspray makes chalk pastels stick to the paper. Play around with composition and use a flashlight to shine some light on your art while you learn about highlights and shadows. Transfer your art using wet media film and test how observant you are.
Conduct a taste test, pay homage to famous artists with John Nolan and, most of all, enjoy the fall!
Click here to get started (if you subscribe now, you will get additional 12 issues of arTree at no charge).
These paintings are reproductions of famous masterpieces, recreated in torn magazine pages. I love the details, colors and shapes that they used, don’t you?
Do you recognize some of them? Post a comment with a name of one of the artists (or the paintings) and I will choose one person to get arTree magazine subscription for the whole year for free!
Thank you, Art People Gallery, for finding these.
September issue fo arTree magazine is dedicated to one of my favorite artists: Marc Chagall. I loved his dreamy images ever since I was little and fell for his art once more when I saw his original paintings in NYC. The soft colors, wild perspective and surrealist scenes have always fascinated me… and now, I’d like to share it with you, your kids, students and friends.
In the latest arTree issue you can discover Expressionism, monochromatic colors and the art of Marc Chagall. You get to fly over your city, play violin with goats and ride on a rooster! You can decorate your windows with stained glass just like Daniel Maher and catch your bad dreams! Bake stained-glass cookies and draw a window to your imagination.
If you want to join the adventure, click here to subscribe. If you subscribe by the end of September, you receive 12 issues of arTree for no additional cost.
Learn more about Marc
Click here to listen to a book ‘Dreamer in a Village.’
Looking for more art ideas? Click here to get started!
Did you know you can take old glasses and turn them into these stunning windows?
We were very excited when we found Daniel. He is the perfect match for our September issue of the magazine, dedicated to Marc Chagall and Dreams.
So who is he? Daniel is a unique stained-glass artist. He restores old windows and creates new ones. He also recycles old glass plates, bottles and bowls into amazing windows. He puts together everything he finds: pictures of grapes from serving plates and a glass from Mr. Peanut jars or ‘little pig went to a market’ plaque, corn serving plates and a corn mash. He uses objects with history to tell stories with his art. Some are more abstract (capturing emotions) and some more narrative (telling real stories) but all of them are quite fascinating.
And how does he do it? Here’s a little preview:
July issue of atTree was dedicated to Henri Matisse and Fish.
What could you find there? You could learn about Henri Matisse and his colorful and bold collages. You’d find out why he made them, what else he did, why he used such bold colors and more. You would paint, collage, draw and glue a lot of different fish! You’d make a 3D aquarium, musical fish and learn about mosaics. You’d have fun with tangrams and a lot more!
If you want to get this issue, you can subscribe to the magazine and you’ll get this one (and 11 others) instantly!
If you are putting together an art docent lesson dedicated to Matisse, I’d recommend the video where you can watch Matisse work in his studio: see it by clicking here.
More art ideas? Click here to get started!
Or you can have the kids play a Spot-the Difference game with Matisse’s art by clicking here.
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Walk through Monet’s garden, make your self-portrait with Picasso and follow your dreams with Marc Chagall. There is a lot to be found!
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Primary colors are the most important colors of them all – yellow, red and blue. They cannot be created by combination of any other colors. They are the most basic ones.
And what better artists to introduce to the kids when talking about primary colors than Piet Mondrian?!
Piet Mondrian was born towards the end of the 19th century in Netherlands. During his life he worked towards a not-so-simple goal: painting only the most important truth:
the real essence of all things, as he called it. He kept simplifying his work until all that remained were horizontal and vertical lines, primary colors and black and white. The style was called: De Stijl (Dutch for ‘The Style’) and it is a great example of complete abstraction.
Like these busy streets of NYC:
Our project, though, was a little bit less abstract. We created Mondrian animals.
We used pencil to sketch the animal, traced the outline with a sharpie and divided it into several parts with horizontal and vertical lines. Then we colored the animal with primary colors, cut it out, glued it onto a black piece of paper and created a border out of colored papers. It took us about an hour and the kids were 5-10 years old.