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Spring Break Art Activities!

Keep your kids busy over spring break with these fun art projects!

No school days don’t have to be a no learning days! Here are some fun (and educational) art lessons from the Kidcreate Studio blog.

Ice Cream Sundae
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream! (Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Theibaub) Click here to go to blog post.

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Action Painting (Jackson Pollock) Click here to go to blog post.

Messiest_Monoprints

 

 

 

 

Cassatt Monoprints  Click here to go to blog post.

Monet Beach Scene

 

 

 

 

Magnificent Monet Click here to go to blog post.

Mondrian

 

 

 

 


Be Square . . . Make a Mondrian Inspired Masterpiece! 
Click here to go the the blog post.  

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Escher Tessellations Click here to go to blog post.

Haring Pop Art People

 

 

 

 

Haring’s Pop Art People! Click here to go to the blog post.

My Miro

 

 

 

 

 

My Miro! Click here to go to the blog post.

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camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
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Valentine’s Day Clay Kiss Art Project

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Valentine’s Day is all about showing those closest to us how much we love them. And what more iconic symbol of this love is there than a HERSHEY’S KISS? This giant version of the signature candy is a fun project to make with your kids, and serves as a wonderful homemade gift to give a loved one this Valentine’s Day.

Art Kidbit: The History of Hersey’s Kisses

It is not known exactly how Hersey’s Kisses got their name. The most popular theory is that the candy was named for the noise or perhaps the motion of the chocolate being deposited when the Kisses are made.

 

Materials Needed:

  • Roll paper or plastic table cloth to cover tables (optional)
  • Air dry clay (1-2 lbs.)
  • 9” x 9” piece of tinfoil
  • White paper cut into 3/4” x 11” strip
  • Blue pen or colored pencil

 

Directions:

  • To prepare, cover a table with paper or table cloth to protect the surface.
  • Start by grabbing a softball size piece of clay.
  • Roll the clay into a ball shape.
  • Next, roll the clay back and forth on the table while pressing on one side to form the cone shape of the top of the Kiss.
  • Then, tap the bottom of the clay on the table gently a few times to flatten, completing the Kiss shape.
  • Setting the clay aside, take your 3/4” x 11” sheet of paper and use a blue pen or pencil to write the word “kisses” over and over, just like a real Hersey’s Kiss wrapper.
  • Lay the “kisses” paper strip on top of the clay so it is sticking out above the clay.
  • Tear a sheet of tinfoil to approximately 9” x 9”, large enough to cover the entire Kiss.
  • Wrap up the Kiss, leaving the “kisses” strip sticking out the top.
  • TaDa! You have created a perfect Valentine’s Day gift!

 

 


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Valentine’s Day Silly Putty

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with an oooey gooey art creation?

vday-silly-putty-12Your kids will love this as much as they love their Valentine’s Day sweets!

Most adults remember playing with silly putty as a kid! Stretching it out oh-so-long and then rolling it up in a ball. Squishing it through your fingers. The stuff was awesome!!!!

It’s probably no surprise to you that homemade silly putty is one of the kid’s favorite messy time projects at our studios. They LOVE it!

It only takes a few ingredients and is very easy to make. Give it a try. . . .

 

Materials:   

Note: Recipe makes enough for 1 child.

  • 2 tablespoons of school glue
  • 1 tablespoon of liquid starch (You can find liquid starch in the laundry detergent section of most grocery stores.)
  • Small disposable cup
  • Red liquid watercolor or food coloring (Please note- liquid watercolor is best but if you don’t have it food coloring will work. Be aware that food coloring may stain the kids hands or anything else the silly putty touches.)
  • Red and pink glitter, sequins and confetti hears (optional)
  • Craft stick, chop stick or plastic knife to mix with
  • Small plastic bag
  • Newspaper to cover your work surface

Directions:

  1. Pour 2 tablespoons of school glue into the cup.
  2. Pour 1 tablespoon of liquid starch into the same cup.
  3. Put 4 drops of red liquid watercolor or food coloring into the cup. If you want, sprinkle some glitter, sequins and confetti into the cup also.
  4. Time to mix. Use the craft stick (or twig) to mix the contents of the cup thoroughly.
  5. Viola! You have made silly putty.
  6. Need more glitter, sequins or confetti? You can add more now!
  7. It’s time to play. Dump the silly putty out of the cup- squish it, squeeze it, and stretch it!
  8. When you are done playing, the silly putty can be stored in a plastic bag.
  9. Don’t forget to clean up!

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Making a Mess is the Best!

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Holiday Snow Globe Art Project

One of the most treasured holiday decorations is the snow globe, and what way to make it even more memorable than by creating your very own? This easy-to-make snow globe is a fun and creative way to get your kids involved in the holiday decorating, and will be a memorable keepsake for years to come.

Art Kidbit: The History of Snow Globes

220px-snow-globe-clipart-svgWe don’t know exactly when the first snow globe, or snow dome, was made, but they appear to date back to the early 1800s in France. They used to be made from heavy lead glass placed over a ceramic figure, filled with water and sealed. The snow was bone chips or pieces of porcelain, sand or even sawdust.

snow-globe-suppliesMaterials Needed:

  • Plastic or Glass Jar with Lid
  • Plastic Figurine
  • Florist Clay
  • Greenery and/or Flowers (2-4 Sprigs)
  • 2-4 Different Colors of Glitter
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Stick
  • Yellow, Blue, White, and Red Model Magic®. (NOTE: The yellow and blue can be mixed to create green.)
  • School Glue

 

Directions:

  • snow-globe-step-1Select a figurine for inside the globe. Then, using half of the florist clay, attach the figure to the inside of the jar lid. Make sure the florist clay wraps around the feet or bottom of the figurine. (NOTE: Make sure not to cover the threads of the lid or the jar will not seal properly.)
  • snow-globe-step-2With the second half of the florist clay, add some greenery to the inside of the lid around your figurine. Preview what it will look like by putting the jar over the top. Make sure the greenery does not touch the edges of the jar.
  • snow-globe-step-3Carefully fill the jar with cold water to about ¼” below the top rim. If it’s too full it will spill over, but if it is not full enough your will have an air pocket inside of the globe.
  • Sprinkle some glitter (approx. 1 small palm full) into the jar.
  • snow-globe-step-6Screw the lid onto the jar and crank tight.
  • To ensure that the water doesn’t leak out, use your hot glue gun to seal the lid to the jar. A small bead of glue around the seal will do the trick.
  •  snow-globe-step-8snow-globe-step-7Now it’s time to decorate the outside of your snow globe! Get out the Model Magic and create a coil (or snake). Wrap the coil around the rim of the jar’s lid and attach it with a line of school glue. Remember, yellow and green Model Magic can be combined to create green.
  • snow-globe-step-9With more Model Magic, create patterns and extra details to go on top of the coil. These can be placed directly on top of the coil, there is no need for school glue.
  • Ta-Da! Your snow globe is complete! Shake it by gently tipping it up and down. (NOTE: The figurines may come unstuck if it is shaken too hard.)

 

 

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Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
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Melted Snowman Ornament

Are harsh temps keeping you and your child idle this winter break?

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Warm things up this holiday, by creating a melted masterpiece using a variety of art supplies you may even already have! This is the perfect all-in-one craft project and holiday gift for grandparents!

Art Kidbit: BioColor Paint

biocolor-paintBioColor Paint is a favorite at our studios! It’s a washable, eco-friendly, water-based paint that can be used to paint on paper, as well as, plastic, wood, foil, cardboard and clay. In addition, BioColor can be used to make silly putty (Click here to learn how to make silly putty with BioColor), puff paint and so much more! BioColor is free of common allergens like latex, dairy, egg, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts and soy!

Art Supplies:

  • Small plastic disposable plate
  • Dixie cup
  • Craft glue (about a half of a Dixie cup full)
  • White BioColor Paint (If you don’t have BioColor Paint, no problem! Your snowman can be made without it. He just won’t be as opaque.)
  • Ribbon or string
  • Craft stick
  • Small black beads (snowman’s eyes and mouth)
  • Orange straw bead (snowman’s nose)

Directions:

  • Give your child a Dixie cup filled a little less than half of the way with craft glue. Add about 2 tablespoons of white BioColor Paint. Then have your child mix the two together with a craft stick. (NOTE: BioColor Paint is not required for this project. Your snowman will be more transparent if made without the paint.)
  • Then, take your ribbon or string and form a loop on the plastic plate. You may need to use a small dab of glue to hold the string in place.
  • Now comes the fun part! Pour the paint/glue mixture onto the plate so that it forms a puddle. Be sure it covers the end of the ornament’s string! Use your craft stick to spread and shape the glue.
  • Set the beads into the glue-puddle so that they form two eyes and a smile. Then use your orange straw bead for the snowman’s nose.
  • Once completed, let your gluey masterpiece dry. Ta-da! Your melted snowman ornament is complete!

 

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Winter Break Art Activities!


Are you looking for some fun art project ideas to keep your kids busy over winter break?

Winter Break Art ProjectsCold Minnesota Decembers don’t make it easy to keep kids busy over winter break! No school days don’t have to be a no learning days! Here are some fun (and educational) art lessons from the Kidcreate Studio blog.

Messiest_Monoprints

 

 

 

 

Cassatt Monoprints  Click here to go to blog post.

 

Monet Beach Scene

 

 

 

 

Magnificent Monet Click here to go to blog post.

 

Mondrian

 

 

 

 

 

Be Square . . . Make a Mondrian Inspired Masterpiece! Click here to go the the blog post.

 

escher49

 

 

 

 

 

 

Escher Tessellations Click here to go to blog post.

 

Haring Pop Art People

 

 

 

 

Haring’s Pop Art People! Click here to go to the blog post.

 

My Miro

 

 

 

 

 

My Miro! Click here to go to the blog post.

 

Ice Cream Sundae

 

 

 

 

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream! (Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Theibaub) Click here to go to blog post.

 

pollock_splatter painting

 

 

 

 

Action Painting (Jackson Pollock) Click here to go to blog post.

 

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Holiday Gift Ideas

Art Books for Kids

The holidays are here! It’s time to put on your creative gift-giving thinking cap! Here are some beautiful, creative and just darn FUN books that would make great gifts for the kids on your list.

Why give an art book as a gift?  Most kids enjoy creating art.  They love to “get messy” using paint, Play-Doh, glue, and glitter.  However, some kids do not consider themselves to be artists and do not believe they are able to create beautiful art.  Other kids get a little stuck in their creativity and need a nudge to help them expand the types of art they create.  Here are some great books that feature compelling stories and beautiful illustrations that encourage kids to use their imaginations to develop a greater appreciation of the different ways to create art and a greater understanding of the messages that art can convey.

  1. The Beautiful OoopsThe Beautiful Oops, by Barney SaltzbergHave you ever observed your kids or your students ball up a piece of paper because they made a mistake while drawing?  Well The Beautiful Oops will give your little artist ideas as to how turn what at first seems to be a mistake into something wonderful.
  2. The DotThe Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds.  This book is ideal for the hesitant artist who does not quite know where to start.  In response to her teacher’s suggestion that she start off by making a dot, Vashti angrily puts a dot on her paper.  From that dot the word of art opens up to Vashti. 
  3. I Am an ArtistI Am an Artist by Pat Lowery Collins.  Many kids and adults alike are quite creative but have a hard time viewing themselves as artists.  Collins shows that the definition of “artist” is quite broad.  By simply looking closely at objects around them kids will eventually realize that they do indeed have the mind and imagination of an artist. 
  4. Why is Blue Dog BlueWhy is Blue Dog Blue by George Rodrigue.   Written by Cajun artist George Rodrigue, Why is the Blue Dog Blue encourages kids to think beyond the obvious when they create art and to make color choices based on the message they want to send through their art.  While Rodrigue’s message may seem complex, the book is written in a way that children will understand and apply it to their own artwork. 
  5. IshIsh by Peter H. Reynolds.  Oftentimes adults and even other kids do not quite understand drawings created by kids.  However, to the artist the drawing makes perfect sense.  Ish gives encouragement to that child who has become discouraged because his or her artwork has been misunderstood.

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Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
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Snowflake Art Projects for Kids

It’s cold, wet, white and oh-so-fun! Every snowflake is a unique masterpiece, and great inspiration for tons of fun art projects! Here are some of our favorites from the World Wide Web…

 

Bleeding Tissue Paper Snowflakes from thepinterestedparent.com.

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Salt and Watercolor Snowflake Art from mpmschoolsupplies.com

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Click here to go to project.

 

Watercolor and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflakes from artycraftykids.com

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Click here to go to project.

 

Snowflake Quilt from b-inspiredmama.com

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Radial Paper Relief Snowflakes from artwithmrsnguyen.com

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Star Wars Snowflakes from mattersofgrey.com

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camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Thanksgiving Place Card Art Project

Those Pilgrims sure were crafty and you can be too with this fun Thanksgiving art project!

 

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
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Fall Mosaic Art Project

Clay by itself is tons of fun, but adding do-dads and trinkets will make this art project a favorite!

Your child will be inspired by the shapes and colors of fall with this fun clay mosaic art project. This project has it all; messy sensory play, colorful do-dads and a new art term for your child’s art vocabulary!

Art Kidbit: Mosaic

 A MOSAIC is an art form consisting of patterns of small pieces of tile or glass inlaid in cement or grout. 

Fall Leaf MosaicMaterials Needed:

  • Natural color air dry clay (you can purchase this at any craft or art supply store)
  • Wax paper and/or cardboard
  • Miscellaneous items to use as mosaic pieces such as: beads, foam squares, rock and  mosaic tile pieces. No beads or tile pieces at  home?  Look to nature! Rocks, sticks,  and acorns all make great mosaic pieces!
  • Tools  (toothpick, craft stick, plastic fork, and rolling pin)

Directions:

  1. Roll the clay into a slab.  For your clay newbies, a slab is a piece of clay that is rolled out flat like a pancake. Keep the slab thick, so you can push the mosaic pieces into it, and make sure it is BIG, so there is plenty of room for the mosaic. Use wax paper or a piece of recycled cardboard (or both) under the slab to make it easier to move.
  2. Once your slab is ready, lightly draw the shape of a leaf out on the surface. If you don’t like your leaf shape, smooth it out and start again. When you are happy with your leaf drawing,  go ahead and cut it out.  A toothpick or craft stick works great for that.
  3. Now comes the fun part!  Start decorating your leaf shape with beads, rocks, tiles, or any do-dad that strikes your fancy!
  4. Once complete, allow your mosaic to dry.

 

 

Fall Mosaic Art Project

 

 

 

 

 

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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