Category Archives: drawing

Tape Drawing

Materials: Paper, colored tape G has been enjoying her tape so much (and so often!), but she was willing to share it. So on a recent snow day I asked the boys if they’d like to do some tape drawings. … Continue reading

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Scribble Resist

Materials: Oil pastels (we really like Crayola), although regular wax crayons should also work; liquid watercolors; paper (we started with Artagain, but watercolor paper worked a little better) When is the last time you scribbled? (Adults, I’m talking to you … Continue reading

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Shadow Drawings

(Inspired by my first assignment in intro to design in college.) Materials: Paper, pencil, objects that your kids think might cast interesting shadows, desk lamp The idea here is to use objects to cast a shadow onĀ  your paper, then … Continue reading

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New Additions to the Studio

Just one major one, really: a chalkboard. Eventually that wall is going to be orange, like the rest of the walls, and there will be a full frame around the blackboard, and it and the ledge at the bottom will … Continue reading

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Color Me In

(Inspired by this post at TinkerLab.) Materials: Roll of paper wide enough to fit a kid on (I got ours at Staples); Sharpie for tracing; crayons, colored pencils, paint, or whatever for adding color A few weeks ago, while the … Continue reading

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Artist Notebooks

An artist needs a notebook, right? A place to record ideas and inspirations, or a place to doodle. I have notebooks everywhere, but mine are usually full of lists: items I want to knit or sew; the week’s meal plan … Continue reading

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The Kids Are in Charge

One of the many reasons I love finally having a dedicated studio space is because when my two-year-old comes to me and says, “Paint!” it is easy enough to meet her request right away. And since his sister brought up … Continue reading

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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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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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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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