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Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Happy first day of spring, my friends. For those of you lucky to be surrounded by actual green shoots popping out of the earth, feel free to use them as your inspiration for this project. The ground outside of my home is frosty and covered in snow, so I am going to use past spring photographs (see below) as my inspiration.
This project asks that you use your non-dominant hand to capture a bit of spring spirit. On the back of some cereal box, place an art pen in your non-dominant hand and draw from a photograph or actual outside inspiration. Try to keep your pen down the whole time and encourage yourself to draw what you see — not what you think you see.
Once your drawing is complete, fill it in with watercolor, colored pencil or a wash of acrylic paint.
Trim your drawings and make a gallery display of your family’s mini spring showcase.
Categories: Crafts, Everyday Fun, Fun, Group Activities, Nature, Outdoors, Seasonal | Tags: colored pencils, creative, draw, drawing, earth, green, hand, inspiration, kids, non-dominant, paint, pen, shoots, spring, water color
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.
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Categories: Crafts, Everyday Fun, Fun, Group Activities, Inspired | Tags: art, blue, color, creative, inspiration, mistakes, paint, patterns, scraps, shapes
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?
Categories: Everyday Fun, Inspired, Literacy, Nature, Outdoors, Seasonal | Tags: art, collage, creative, fall, inspiration, inspired, nature, painting, photographs, poem, seasons, spring, summer, winter, writing
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
Inspired: Each week I offer a tip for finding inspiration in the world around us. It might be observed in my classroom or found on a walk or whispered in my ear or thrifted or discovered on a dark shelf in the basement. Something. Anything that gives me a creative spark. My hope is that these bits and pieces encourage you and the children you spend time with to search for creativity in your days. This isn’t about spending money or acquiring new things; it is an exercise in motivating us to pay close attention to the bright spots in our world.
Collections of tiny things like beads, pins, coins, acorns, or buttons, are often a perfect way to inspire little hands (and, big hands too!). The act of sifting through a collection in search of favorites is such a lovely way to appreciate color, texture, and shape.
Line them up, re-arrange, and repeat. Even if you aren’t a collector, chances are there is a pile of loose little bits floating around the bottom of your junk drawer. Go in search and you will find.