Category Archives: toddler/preschool

{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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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Experiments With Natural Dyes

Last year we painted wooden eggs for Easter, but my youngest has since outgrown her egg allergy, so we were back to decorating real eggs this year. However, I wanted to get away from the fluorescent, fake colors. I’m the … Continue reading

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Spray Bottle + Canvas

I just had to take a photo of the art table after my oldest had finished spraying four colors (blue, red, green, and yellow) of liquid watercolor onto a canvas. He let the colors dry in between so the mixing … 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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