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{Art Together} Scribbling

{This post is part of the art together series. You can see all the posts in the series here.} “That the word scribble is used so often as a term of disparagement is one indication of how we fail our children in their … Continue reading

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{Art Together} Looking Closely

{This post is part of the art together series. You can see all the posts in the series here.} “’The teaching of drawing is the teaching of looking.’ A lot of people don’t look very hard.” –David Hockney. Before we … Continue reading

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Language Arts

That’s not exactly the right title for this post, but I’m not sure what is. We read all the time here. My older kids read voraciously to themselves; I read out loud every day. My 4yo will sit with a … Continue reading

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Mapping The Land of Oz

Around Halloween–a couple of days after Hurricane Sandy stormed through, when we had our power back but the library didn’t and we were all a little not-knowing-what-to-do-with-ourselves–I loaded up The Wizard of Oz for the kids to watch. They’d never … Continue reading

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O’Keeffe Leaves

(Inspired by “Gorgeous Gigantic Flowers” in What’s the Big Idea? by Joyce Raimondo.) Materials: Watercolor paper (or other paper that can handle paint); paint (we used tempera cakes); pencil; permanent marker (we used Sharpies); leaves for looking at It’s been … Continue reading

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Keeping it Simple (+ Happy Spring!)

Happy First Day of Spring! We’re expecting higher-than-normal temperatures here again this week. Even though it was a mild winter, I’m still so happy for the light to increase, for the migrating birds to begin to return, for the frogs … Continue reading

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Watercolor Blot Animals

Inspired by Lab #8 in Drawing Lab: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun for Mixed-Media Artists, by Carla Sonheim Materials: Watercolor paper (I cut ours down to 4″x6″), watercolors, ultra-fine black Sharpie I recently bought this book to inspire … Continue reading

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Shrinky Dink Fun

Materials: Plain Shrinky Dink sheets, permanent markers, colored pencils, hole punches I have a vague memory of Shrinky Dinks from early childhood, involving an avocado-green oven and those pre-printed Shrinky Dinks that require no more creativity than coloring books. But … Continue reading

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Marker + Watercolors

{So sorry posting is spotty lately! I blame January and the fact that I’m recovering from Lyme, which makes me achy and tired. But hopefully things will pick up soon!} Inspired by the “Lively Lines” activity in Express Yourself: Activities … Continue reading

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Drawing in Snow

Last year, we got 30 inches of snow in January alone. This year, snow has been sparse at best, so far, and so my kids were delighted with the mere dusting that awaited them on Friday morning. Informed that there … Continue reading

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