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Inspired :: Drawing

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Ask your child to draw you a picture of an imaginary dream house — a fantastical place that she could inhabit in her dreams What color would it be?  Would there be ladders and rainbows?  Grassy fields and forests?  Would it be on an island surrounded by dolphins?

xo emily

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Inspired :: unintentional art

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Sometimes the most beautiful art is unintentional.  I like to search for gorgeous colors, shapes, and patterns in the scraps and outer edges of my work — places where art wasn’t intended.  Pay attention to scraps, blotting towels, and brush rinsing jars; search for interesting colors and curious shapes in your mistakes.   The blue blob on the paper towel looks like it could become a hedgehog, right?  Encourage children to pay attention to full process of making art!

My student and I decided that this is the color of an early morning summer sky.

xo emily

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Inspired

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Here in Massachusetts, we are deep into our cold New England winter.  Except for today’s predicted high of 55 degrees(!), our outside world has been frozen and icy.

No matter where you are in the country or the world, join me today as I find inspiration in photographs from the opposite season.  Ask your children to help search for photographs from 6 or 7 months ago and use the images to inspire creativity.  Draw, paint, or collage.  Write a poem or a list.  Describe an imaginary adventure in that other season.

I’m remembering flowers, green grass, balmy nights, swaying branches, warm sun on my shoulders, naps on picnic tables.

What do you remember?

xo emily

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Inspired :: Join the 52 Weeks Project!

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

My dear friend Emily at Tea & Laundry has embarked on a magnificent and inspiring 52 Weeks Project adventure.  Starting on the first week of January, she has chosen to do one creative project each week for all of 2013,  and she’ll document each one on her blog and on her instagram account.  Emily’s photographs are always so beautiful and she has an eye for whimsy and charm, so I am so excited to follow along.

The above photograph is from her 52 Weeks Project :: Week 2 post where she made lots of little magnets using her instagram photos.  So sweet!  And, so nice for little hands to play with.

Let’s follow along together, shall we?

xo emily

 

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Inspired :: collect!

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Collections of tiny things can be fascinating!  Ask children (ages 5+) to join you in keeping their eyes open for tiny, interesting, intriguing found objects. Make piles and admire all of your collections. Draw pictures of them, press them into clay, string them on a necklace, or give them away as little love tokens.  Or, simply collect and enjoy.

xo e

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