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Collages I made for the baby nursery

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Duck Collage #2, 2009 I thought I would post some pictures of collages I made a year ago for my soon to be born baby girl, Daria.  We were trying to think of a theme for the baby’s room and I wanted something slightly neutral in case we ever had another kid and it turned out to be a boy.  Or, in case these ultrasounds were wrong and it turned out we were having a boy.  One of my coworkers … Read more…

Really Cool Drawing Site

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While reading Mini Matisse’s Blog I learned about this really cool online drawing program that allows you to draw with different types of marks:  fur, webbed, squares, ribbon, sketchy and others.  I’m in love with how it looks!  I have an idea to draw using this program, then print them out, add color with paints or colored pencils and then incorporate them into a mixed media collage. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it appears once … Read more…

Cute Artsy Baby Blog

This blog shows pictures of a baby on top of towels arranged in an artful scene.  They are so adorable!! These pictures are gorgeous, but they make me mad for two reasons. 1.  My baby NEVER slept peacefully like that for the first 3 1/2 months.  Like NEVER.  I would always have to hold her in a sling or sleep with her in order to keep her sleeping.  Even when she fell asleep and we gently transferred her to a … Read more…

Clay Camp for Kids– Week Three– Birds in a Nest

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Here are some of the things we have been working on during clay camp for kids. The kids are going into kindergarten-6th grade. Week 3 I taught the little ones (entering K-3) how to make pinch pots for birds’ nests and then how to form a bird. All of our projects will be painted next week. This is a good project for learning how to make pinch pots. First make a pinch pot with a couple of eggs in it. … Read more…

Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists

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I purchased Carla Sonheim’s drawing book, because I’m always interested in looking at new drawing books or new mixed media art books and this is a combination of both.  She has a lot of drawing exercises on her blog also.  As an art teacher who avidly researches all sorts of art lesson plans, I have seen some of these drawing exercises before, but Carla puts her own unique spin on everything.  I really like how the book is laid out, … Read more…

Weaving Wonders Camp Part 5

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Weaving on Straws Here is a really fun and addicting way to weave… on plastic drinking straws!  There’s no reason to re-write all the directions out, so here is a link to how to weave on straws.   If you get stuck, there are plenty of websites with full directions and even videos… simply google “weaving on straws.”  With this project, I set up the straws ahead of time for the kids.  (There were only about 6 or 7 kids … Read more…

Clay Camp for Kids– Week Two

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We are having a great time at the summer Clay Camp for kids that I taught in DeForest, WI.  The second week we made clay monsters.  To make a monster, first, start by making a pinch pot.  See this website for a demo of pinch pots if you are not sure how.  Next, gently squish the pinch pot so it is slightly flattened.  Turn the pinch pot on its side and add teeth, eyes, legs, feet, horns, ears, nose, tongue … Read more…

Weaving Wonders Part 3

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Paper Weaving.  One of the projects I did with the kids for my Weaving Wonders Camp was Paper Weaving.  Paper weaving is, of course, one of the first and most basic types of weaving.  Kids in kindergarten, first or second grade will often complete paper weavings as introduction to weaving.  Preparation:   Gather fancy scrapbook paper, with patterns, bright colors and maybe even glitter.  Add some solid colors if you wish.  Cut strips on a paper cutter, approximately 1/2-1 inch … Read more…

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