Monthly Archives: November 2010

Cabbage Flowers, Revisited

Materials: Watercolor paper, oil pastels (Crayola‘s are easy to hold and inexpensive, too), liquid watercolors (we used Blick) We looked at our cabbage flowers and together, we chose three of the liquid watercolors: violet, magenta, and green. I set out … Continue reading

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Wet-on-Wet Watercolor Painting

This morning at the farmers’ market I bought cabbage flowers. I decided to use them as inspiration for some wet-on-wet watercolor painting. Materials: Watercolor paper, Stockmar watercolors, glass jars, soft paintbrushes, painting boards, sponges. Although I’m using a technique common … Continue reading

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Black and White (II)

A busy weekend combined with some necessary sewing made it hard to get into the studio last weekend. (The art table is also my cutting and sewing table.) But my boys have five (five! yay!) days off in a row, … Continue reading

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Experiments in Toddler Painting

Materials: Black paper, tempera paints, toddler :) Some Artagain paper arrived today, and I couldn’t wait to try it out. So when my two-year-old asked to paint, I asked if she’d like to paint on black paper instead of white … Continue reading

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Basics: Supplies: Paper

Just about any book on making art with children (or adults!) is going to include a supply list, and there are posts about this throughout the web as well (such as here and here). It really boils down to personal … Continue reading

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Color and Texture

(Inspired by That Artist Woman and the vibrant paintings in the Great Hall at the Eric Carle Museum.) We set out to make our own decorative paper, using only primary colors and textures. We’ll use these papers (we ended up … Continue reading

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Field Trip: Eric Carle Museum

We took advantage of a day off from school this week and headed to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. It’s far enough away (about 125 miles) that it’s a treat to visit, as well … Continue reading

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Sunflower Study

(Inspired by the chapter “Representational Drawing and Painting” in Ann Pelo’s The Language of Art: Inquiry-Based Studio Practices in Early Childhood Settings.) Yesterday morning, at the farmers’ market, I couldn’t resist the sunflowers, so I brought some home with me. … Continue reading

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Black and White (I)

Materials: Drawing paper; various drawing materials, all black (eg: charcoal sticks, vine charcoal, charcoal pencils, black conte crayons, graphite); some round things I limited this to black and white to provide focus. Color is wonderful, but it can be hard … Continue reading

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