Bee Happy

Recently, I have spent a lot of time thinking about how to spread positivity in a world that seems to be ever effected by corrupted politics, violence, discrimination and the loss of freedoms. I don’t believe that the world is overwhelmingly bad, or that people are inherently bad. I believe that we are all born…

Garden To Go

Using a cut tree log and a handful of clay, the children made their own portable gardens. We shaped the clay into different sized pots and when it dried we painted it and sealed it with a glue mixture. When the Pots were ready for planting, we mixed grass seeds in with soil and filled…

Playing with Paint

For this particular workshop, I told the child we could paint whatever we wanted, but we had to try to use different means than just our hands or paint brushes. We experimented with feet, mouths, sponges, straws, and popsicle sticks. The child was really fascinated with Egypt, so we painted a giant mummified pharaoh, as…

Guiding One Another

The most important focus in creating art is that the child is always enjoying themself. If they feel good and are happy during the process, their confidence is being boosted, both creativity and emotionally. Children learn to experiment in art and take risks in order to discover an outcome, and this is a skill that…

Colorful Life

In this workshop, the children worked together on a group painting. They first were asked to create the night sky, and then to decorate it with fireworks. We used different types of brushes to sprinkle paint, and used straws to blow the paint onto the paper to create an “exploding” effect. The goal of this…

Stencils and Spray Paint

Spray paint has to be one of the most fun techniques in making art. Without the use of a brush, there is much more freedom for the artist, and children love how quickly the paint leaves the bottle. For the artist holding the spray paint ┬ácan/bottle, there is an element of surprise for where the…

Plant Cell Paintings

Art is the perfect medium to teach children science through. For this workshop we collected leaves from a garden and examined them under a magnifying glass. I explained to the children that when seen under an even stronger lens, such as a microscope, the cells inside the plant would be visible. We talked about cells…

Gustav Klimt

I wanted to introduce the children in this group to a classic artist, and so I chose one of my favorites, Gustav Klimt. Aside from his works having a warm and magical feel to them, I thought it was important for the children to look at an image that would contain many small details. I…

Inspired by Schiele

Egon Schiele is an incredible artist, and as much as I love the pieces he creates, I realize that many of them are not appropriate or of interest to the young artists I am teaching. As I wanted to use his art to lead a specific discussion, I decided to focus on two types of…

Man and Nature

In this activity, I really wanted the children to consider the natural world and the man-made world. I wanted them to consider how the two interact, who imposes on who, and how can we coexist in a way that respects both worlds? Growing up in a city is a challenging life for a child. They…