Category Archives: preschool & up

{Art Together} Experimenting With Watercolors

{This post is part of the art together series. You can see all the posts in the series here.} I suspect watercolor paints are one of the most common art supplies offered to kids, because they seem fairly tidy. The colors are contained … Continue reading

Posted in all ages, art together, color, painting, preschool & up, toddler/preschool, watercolor | 1 Comment

{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

Posted in art together, drawing, elementary & up, painting, preschool & up, toddler/preschool | 1 Comment

{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

Posted in all ages, art together, drawing, elementary & up, preschool & up, toddler/preschool | 15 Comments

{PBL} Scattering

There have been some seemingly one-off random things going on this week, but you never know where things will lead. My 4yo has been interested in bones for a while now, although I’m not sure I even posted anything about … Continue reading

Posted in education, elementary & up, preschool & up, project-based learning, science | 14 Comments

Why Process Over Product? {Part Three}

(Part One, Part Two) Part Three: Realizing a Vision In Part Two, I said that if someone hasn’t had the opportunity to explore different media and materials to see what they do, he or she will have no idea how … Continue reading

Posted in all ages, basics, education, elementary & up, planning, preschool & up, toddler/preschool | 4 Comments

Why Process Over Product? {Part Two}

(Part One) Part Two: Knowing the Materials When a child (or adult) has an idea and a specific end result in mind, if he or she hasn’t had the opportunity to explore different media and materials to see what they … Continue reading

Posted in all ages, basics, education, elementary & up, planning, preschool & up, toddler/preschool | 10 Comments

Why Process Over Product? {Part One}

Part One: Discovery vs Following Directions Lori Pickert, author of Project-Based Homeschooling, has a terrific forum area of her website, and currently it contains an active thread on process vs product art for children. If you’ve dug around on this … Continue reading

Posted in all ages, basics, education, elementary & up, planning, preschool & up, toddler/preschool | 13 Comments

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

Posted in drawing, elementary & up, literature, preschool & up | 1 Comment

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

Posted in all ages, color, drawing, elementary & up, painting, preschool & up | Leave a comment

Project Shelf

Inspired by Kate at An Everyday Story, I cleaned off an existing shelf in the living room in order to display some project creations. I already talked about G’s map of Egypt and N’s cartouche and cat statuette, in the … Continue reading

Posted in 3-D, elementary & up, history, preschool & up, project-based learning, toddler/preschool | 3 Comments