Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
Think your kid is a great artist? Prove it!
To celebrate the launch of our new Pocket Gallery iPhone app, which allows parents to organize and share their child’s artwork from their phones, we’re asking for submissions of your kids’ best creations.
E-mail pictures or scans of any drawings or paintings to email@example.com.
Winners will be selected by Parents.com editors and featured in a slideshow on the site!
Don’t forget to download and use the Parents Pocket Gallery app here so you’ll never be without your little Picasso’s masterpieces.
Submit your child’s artwork between September 18 and October 15.
Friday, June 22nd, 2012
Crafting’s gone cool. Think beyond twee crocheted potholders and macramé plant hangers. Spurred on by Etsy and Pinterest, the new crop of crafters can seemingly make anything. And now they’ll be put to the test: DIY folks do battle in “Craft Wars,” premiering on TLC on Tuesday, June 26. Each week, three contestants will go scissor-to-scissor in creative challenges, and one will win $10,000. We chatted with host (and mom of 3!) Tori Spelling about the new show, and her advice for crafting with kids—especially her little artists, 5-year-old son Liam and daughters Stella and Hattie (ages 4 and 8 months).
Parents: Why this show, and why now? Do you think that crafting is trending?
Tori Spelling: I’ve been an avid crafter my whole life, but the whole crafting movement has definitely changed. It went from hobby to DIY home when the economy went down. People started to figure out how to redecorate their home or make a fashion statement by crafting everything yourself. It brought a lot of people with many different interests together to create. Creation is passion!
Parents: Are there any craft blogs on your bookmarks list?
TS: I love PSIMadeThis (by Erica Domesek, one of our judges on “Craft Wars”), Curbly, DesignSponge, TipJunkie, and HonestlyWTF. We also show great crafts and DIY craft projects on my website, EdiTORIal.
Parents: What kinds of craft projects do you make with your kids?
TS: We craft weekly as a family. We sit at my kids’ small craft table for hours creating cards, tags, presents, and jewelry, and we paint pottery and canvases. We get glitter everywhere and laugh through the whole thing. So fun!
Parents: How do you store or display your kids’ artwork or craft projects? Any fun alternatives to tacking them up on the fridge?
TS: They each get their own clear art storage box. Then I show off their work in mismatched lacquered frames and make a picture wall of their art projects mixed in with great black-and-white family photos. I also decoupaged a bunch of their artwork on top of a table. Every time we use it, we see their amazing creations.
Parents: Do you have a go-to crafting tool?
TS: Mini glue gun. And twine. I use twine on everything!
Parents: What are some easy craft supplies parents should keep stocked? Is there anything you think that parents should avoid?
TS: We love colored paper, stamps, ink pads, markers, glitter, and jeweled embellishments like stones, rhinestones, and grommets. Glue is messy. Try glue dots, instead!
Parents: Any advice for containing kiddie-craft messes?
TS: Do crafts on layered newspapers. When you’re finished, fold the newspapers and toss them away. Easy clean up!
Parents: Will contestants be crafting any kid-oriented projects on “Craft Wars?”
TS: Yes! They’ll make stuffed-animal pillows and playhouses made out of school supplies.
Parents: What other challenges can we look forward to this season?
TS: A birdhouse from a junk drawer and jewelry made from the wires inside a boom box!
Want to show off your kids’ creations? Download our Pocket Galley iPhone app.
Photos courtesy of TLC.
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Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
The National Museum of the Marine Corps is holding its second annual “Art for Wounded Warriors” program, which calls upon young artists of all grade levels to submit drawings, paintings, and any original artwork to decorate recovery facilities for wounded Marines around the nation.
“The Museum’s call for artwork is a wonderful way to teach children about service to the nation as well as for children to express their gratitude and support for our Marines,” said James Hunniford, the Teacher-in-Residence at the museum. “We hope this program helps our nation’s children understand that there is something they can do to help.”
To participate, children should create a picture and write a supportive message on a 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper. The child’s name, hometown, and grade level should be written on the back fo the paper. Then, the drawing must be packaged in a flat, rigid envelope and postmarked and sent by December 10, 2011 to:
The National Museum of Marine Corps
18900 Jefferson Davis Highway
Triangle, VA 22172-1938
Please note that artwork will not be returned to children. Visit the National Museum of the Marine Corps website for more details.
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