Color Theory Flowers inspired by the book, The Tiny Seed

April showers bring May flowers! The end of the school year is here but my 1st graders have been working on these COLOR THEORY FLOWERS since early spring! We explored color mixing with the primary colors using a variety of different paint processes. We used those papers to make flowers inspired by the book, The […]

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Mixed Media Rainbow Art Inspired By Children’s Literature

Children’s literature is a great source of inspiration for many of our projects. Check out our latest Art/Lit project below and then see some more book based art ideas at the end of this post. This post contains affiliate links. Our Mixed Media Rainbow Art inspired by the book, How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow by […]

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Top 25 Nature and Earth Day Books for Children

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! That is our jam. We love nature and get crafty with recyclables as much as possible…that’s why we are The Art Garden! I wanted to share with you this resource of nature and Earth Day related books that we love and use with many of our projects. We own about half of […]

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Art Inspired by the Book, Where Oliver Fits

Children’s books has always been one of my favorite sources of inspiration for art projects and was a big part of my art curriculum when I used to teach. This post contains affiliate links. We recently picked up the book, Where Oliver Fits by Cale Atkinson, from our local library and I fell in love […]

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Coffee Filter Pointillism Butterflies

I love unconventional art surfaces, ones that are not your typical white paper or canvas. I came upon this one unexpectedly. I was on an art mission, one day, and started digging around my kitchen for some  regular white coffee filters for a watercolor activity I wanted to try. Our new coffee maker takes the […]

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Fingerprint Trees

 We revisited paint blowing that we did the other day for our next activity. Using straws to direct the paint is a great way to make branches and trees so we made a fingerprint tree with this technique. Children’s fingerprint art is always a win with parents and grandparents so this would be a fun gift idea! Try […]

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Nature Has the Best Art Materials!

This post contains affiliate links.  Arbor Day was a few days ago and although we didn’t get around to planting a tree we did plant some vegetables in our garden beds! We also read one of our favorite books, Tap The Magic Tree, and did a little tree branch painting activity. We went out to […]

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10 Awesome Art Books For Inspiring Creativity

When I used to teach Elementary art, I incorporated books into my lessons for almost every project. Not only did it help tie in content but the children could be inspired and motivated to be creative by listening to the words and looking at the illustrations. Now that I am a mother, reading to my children […]

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