Monochromatic Collage: Red Study

Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is around the corner so we have moved on from winter themed projects and are getting arty with all things pink and red. My girls, especially my youngest, love to cut and glue so we have had a lot of fun projects involving collage materials. You all may […]

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Landscape with Layered Mountains

One of my favorite art processes is using watercolor and coarse salt. The results are magical! I have done this method with my girls at home and knew my students at school would be amazed as well. We used our beautiful textured papers to make a Mountain Landscape. Our steps and supplies can be found […]

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Winter Paper Bag Art

Out of art paper? No, problem! Save a few recyclables and you have some easy materials for this winter art project. We used some of our favorite processes such as printing with bubble wrap and gluing fun items like sequins, beads, and cut up straws. Make these for beautiful holiday gifts or to display with […]

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New Gig and International Dot Day 2018

With the exception of my last post on our Funky Chickens, it has been a while since I posted on The Art Garden. I have still been occasionally active on my Instagram page, but other than that I have been hitting the floor running with my new gig…I’m back to teaching art!

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Make These Funky Chickens With 5 Common Recyclables!

Did you know that September is National Chicken Month? Yeah, me either. Once I heard it was, though, I had to dig through our crafty archives to share these Funky Chickens with you all before the month was over. We made these last fall and they are proudly hanging in our art space, paying homage […]

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Holiday Craft Round-up

Raise your hand if the month of December was busy…(hand raised). Last year, I vowed to simplify the holiday season but for some reason it seemed a little more chaotic than usual. I did, however, manage to squeeze in several holiday crafts for my kiddos but I never got around to sharing them so here […]

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Process Art Boxes

I love setting out “invitations to create”, which are just supplies and materials laid out for the girls to stumble upon and get creative in their own way. These creative times usually require little or no assistance from me and they are free to explore the materials as they wish. I am a big advocate […]

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Painting Shells: A Fun Activity Using A FREE Natural Material!

The girls and I went on a beach trip last month with my mother and one of their favorite things to do was to search for seashells. Over the course of several days that we were there, we had several bags full to bring home! When we had a rainy day back at home, these […]

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Mixed Media Bugs Using Scrap Art Paper

If you have a child that loves to paint, this activity will be a sure hit because it allows them to get messy and creative with unusual painting tools to make textured papers..or if you happen to have a stack of painted papers from your child’s “free paint” that you can’t part with then this […]

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Blowing Paint with Straws

We love painting with watercolor because of how versatile it is. There are so many fun techniques that produce different results. One of those techniques is moving the paint around on the paper by blowing into straws. This process is an easy activity that is very exciting for children. They love seeing their paint splatter […]

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