Monthly Archives: February 2011


My boys go back to school tomorrow, and I’m not ready to let them go! We had a lovely relaxed week. There was time for this And time for this And this And time for this Which led to this. … Continue reading

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My big kids are on break this week, so I am, too. I’ll be back next week with details, but here’s a peek into some of what we’ve been doing so far.

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Yarn Art

(Somewhat inspired by this activity from Family Fun magazine.) Materials: Yarn scraps, cornstarch glue (recipe in link above), and some type of strong paper (we used vellum paper) While flipping through the February issue of Family Fun, I saw this … Continue reading

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Field Trip: RISD Art Museum

Another Sunday, another trip to an art museum. This time, the art museum of the Rhode Island School of Design (known as RISD, pronounced Riz-dee). The purpose of this visit: to see the Impressionist galleries (“Monet and his friends,” as … Continue reading

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Looking and Reading

On one of the many snow days in the past month, I brought out some of my art books for the kids–at first, mainly my six-year-old–to look at. (Click pictures to embiggen and see titles.) (Appropriately, my art history book … Continue reading

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Basics: Supplies: Drawing

What drawing materials do we generally have on hand? Here’s a list. Anything to add? Leave a comment! Crayons: While beeswax crayons are great, especially for smaller hands (we have both sticks and blocks), there‚Äôs nothing wrong with a box … Continue reading

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More Coffee Filter Painting

When the boys saw our window full of painted hearts, they wanted to make some, too, and G has been asking to paint more every chance she gets. So we all painted some more coffee filter hearts (materials list in … Continue reading

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Painting Coffee Filters

(Inspired by these posts at The Artful Parent.) Materials: Coffee filters, liquid watercolors We have lots of coffee filters left over from before we bought one of those reusable ones, and when I saw the painted snowflakes in the first … Continue reading

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Alphabet Drawings

Materials: Drawing paper, markers Are you familiar with the book Alphabeasties? It’s an alphabet book, with an animal for each letter, but with a twist–each animal is made up of its starting letter. Not only that, but the fonts are … Continue reading

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Open Studio

Yet another partial school day, so I gave the kids some ideas for activities we could do in the studio. And this is what happens when three kids want to do three different things… in retrospect, I should have made … Continue reading

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