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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Paw Print Stamps

Aaahhhh summer flags. I love to watch the kids with their summer flags. Waving and watching the fabric flutter in the wind. This time we used the printing techniques of stamps to create the flags. 

When making stamps with kids the simpler the design the better, a nice graphic image. Usually I am encouraging the addition of more details when creating drawings. The addition of details can better define an image. But when making stamps the image has to be defined with just the outside lines. 

Foot prints seemed like a great way to talk about animals and create a design that is graphic. 
We began looking at animal foot prints. They got so excited to see each animal's footprint.

They drew the animal paw print of their choice on a piece of foam and after cutting them out we glued them to cut up 2X4s. Then the printing began. 

Happy Waving!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Miniature Worlds

We held a workshop a few weeks ago using mint tins that were donated to us by one of our generous parents. I so enjoy the challenge of coming up with projects when we get a large donation of a potential material. Since I am a big fan of collage and I love boxes, I thought it might be a good idea to combine them. 

With just some glue, scissors, gorgeous papers and a few old calendars (which are a great resource for images), we created little scenes inside the mint tins.  Using some pop up book technique we made them three dimensional. This is such a simple project that brings so much joy when I gaze upon them. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Making Lines and Dots

Painting rocks is such a simple activity. My daughter loves collecting rocks. She loves the different shapes and how they feel in her hand. We have dozens of them lining the railing of our porch. She has   collected these rocks during our trips to rivers, hikes in the mountains, and walks along the beach.
But what to do with all these rocks. They are so beautiful on their own.

Adding some color seemed like a good ideas as well. I took the opportunity to talk about patterns with the kids and to make it more successful  instead of paint brushes we used q-tips and tooth picks to add the design. To make the design more recognizable we used one color and mixed it with white to create a few values of that color and then throw in another light opposite color. So our colors were blue and peach or gold.

They make me happy everyt ime I look at them. The possibilities of patterns was so abundant and delightful.

Happy Pattern Making!!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Terr = earth/ arium = receptacle

Living in Los Angeles one thing that is in abundance in our neighborhoods is succulents. When going for walks around town we can see all kinds of succulents; flapjacks, pinwheels, bigfoots, hens and chicks. Colors vary greatly with blues, purples, bright greens, deep reds. They are strange plants that grow beautifully in our sandy, clay like soil. If you take a small clipping from one of these succulents and place it in water,  roots will begin to sprout. Or you can just place it in very wet soil and eventually it will ground itself and grow roots.

When a fantastic little restaurant on our block, Four Cafe, kindly began saving their extra large pickle jars for us. I felt so lucky to have these receptacles to store a lot of our materials. But when contemplating the plethora of succulents in our neighborhood and even in my own yard, I managed to save enough jars for kids to make terrariums.  I mean what a great combination. 

Using small rocks, big rocks, sand and dirt, I thought we could take advantage of the transparency of the jars and layer the different materials to mimic the inner structure of the earth and lets face it,   because it looks beautiful to see the different textures of earthen materials.

The students chose their succulents and collectively decided to choose a rock to paint for the top of their "earth". Furthering our investigation we looked up succulent's name and the kids made labels for  their terrariums.

The result was a heavy, precarious and beautiful terrarium that the kids were excited to take home. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Celebrating the Sun

For Mother's Day we made these lovely sun prints mounted on wood. These early photographs are a wonderful way for kids to explore the nature growing in their neighborhood, even if that nature is planted and controlled. We gathered leaves fallen from trees and clipped leaves and flowers from abundant bushes. 

Once we got back to the studio we furthered our investigation of our botanical bounty. We squished, smelled, we looked closely and compared sizes, shapes and colors before they made their thoughtful choices of which plants to use on their photographic prints. 

We used rocks to weigh done the plant materials so they wouldn't blow away in the wind. So just the count to 20 in the sun and then into the water bath to wash away the light sensitive chemicals. 

While we waited for the prints to dry the kids prepared their wooden bases for their prints by sanding down the edges to a smooth finished edge. Using drills they drilled holes in the top of the wood to pass a wire for hanging. 

A layer of Modge Podge under and over the sun print and they were finished. Moms will be happy about these. I know I would. 

Happy Mother's Day

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Day at the Museum

It is such a treat for us to be able to work with such a large group of children as well as an honor to partner with such a respected institution as the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles.  We spent the day in their gardens today creating clay figurines with children of all ages. The event coordinator, Marisol, asked us to put together a workshop inspired by the exhibition Grandes Maestros.

After seeing the exhibition using clay seemed like an obvious choice.  Clay being one of the oldest materials for sculpture. The exhibition has some incredible ceramic figurines by contemporary artists. to be inspired by. 

So along with colorful fabrics, beads, buttons, yarn and pipe cleaners we set out the materials for kids to come and create.  Children from ages 3 to ages 16 stopped to make bowls, creatures, dancing figures and more.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Bug Collecting Boxes

 We did some bug collecting during our Spring Break Camp this year. This is such a fun project to get the kids to interact with their surroundings and to get out into their neighborhoods.

After looking at images of all kinds of insects and beetles the kids drew bugs with oil pastel and used watercolor to add color to the bodies.

We then hid the bugs around the neighborhood for them to find, saying the insects escaped and flew away. Kids love a scavenger hunt. They love to solve problems and the finding of an item is a great way to solve a problem. Like looking for clues.

Using mint tins that were generously donated to us the kids found and collected their own bugs from around the neighborhood. They had to really look closely and notice their surroundings in order to find their bugs.

The kids then decorated the tins using all kinds of decorative papers to make a place for the bug to live.

Happy Bug Collecting!