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 Salt Dough Nests

We made mixed media nests several weeks ago and my girls REALLY enjoyed making them.  It was a perfect nature prompt for the spring season. My oldest kept saying how much fun she was having. Some of my projects are big flops with her so this was an art win!! This art invitation is a […]

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Paper Plate Nature Collages: a simple invitation using wilting flowers

Have some leftover Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or “I’m Sorry” flowers? Use the wilting petals to make some lovely collages or mandalas on a simple paper plate. A paper plate changes things up a bit and makes the invitation a little more interesting than your conventional art surface. To make your Paper Plate Collages, only […]

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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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Miniature Walnut Ornaments: Craftmas 2018

Happy Holidays and Happy Craftmas! We are participating in Craftmas again this year hosted by Cara from Raising Kinley and Laura and Tia from Little Button Diaries. Craftmas is a group of crafty bloggers showcasing fun, festive crafts for families to create during the holiday season. This year the Craftmas gang consists of 12 days […]

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Nature Shadow Boxes Part 2!

One of my first blog posts on The Art Garden was this Nature Shadow Box Assemblage. It was a fun art, nature, and sensory experience that my girls and I really enjoyed. We decided to come back to this activity when we had some dying flowers in our garden and some wilted store-bought flowers. We […]

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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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15 Earth Day Activities and Crafts

I love nature about as much as I love art and the two work perfectly together. In celebration of Earth Day, I created a resource of 15 activities and crafts that use nature as a material, inspiration, or reuses items that would otherwise go to a landfill. Click on the links below for the full tutorials. […]

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Bubble Wrap Wall Hangings

Bubble wrap is a favorite material of mine for art making because 1) it’s FREE! (save that trash from your packages!) and 2) it makes amazing texture or design when printed! But, it can also be the MAIN FEATURE of your art rather than your tool! Check out the steps below for these wall hangings […]

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Fall Crow Collages: Inspired By Nature and Children’s Literature

Making collages, or the arranging and pasting of a variety of materials, has always been a love of mine and it is becoming a favorite of my daughters too. Collages can be made with paper scraps, stickers, fabric, buttons, cardboard, tape, 3-D objects, nature items, or any found material. The possibilities are endless and the […]

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