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DIY Scratchboards

DIY Scratchboards Objective: Sure you could easily go out and buy a pack of inexpensive scratchboards but where’s the satisfaction in that? Try making them yourself. It’s simple, satisfying, and comes with bragging rights. Turn your scratchboards into birthday invitations, a colorful letter to a special friend, or just a cool piece of art. This…

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NOTAN

Objective: Experience this Japanese design concept which involves the placement of high contrast elements to create balanced light and dark areas in a composition. In art, dark and light need each other to exist. Basically, you can’t have negative space without positive space, and vice versa. One of the most familiar symbols illustrating this concept…

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Abstract Nylon Sculptures

Abstract Nylon Sculptures Objective: We always want to give students a project they can be proud of and one that boosts their confidence at the start of a class; one where even for the students who might not be artistically inclined can create something that has that WOW factor. This is definitely one of those…

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Tissue Box Monsters

Making Tissue Box Monsters Objective: We are always telling our students that before throwing away something they consider trash (or recycling it) that they should give some thought as to how it can be used to make art. We have seen amazing art come out of the recycling bin- plastic, cardboard, aluminum containers, can be…

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Oil and Water Bubble Painting

Objective: As much as we at the Museum are  a proponent of “Arts for Arts Sake,” we also love a good art project that brings in other curriculums. There is countless evidence that children simply learn best when they are engaged in multiple disciplines simultaneously. We find there is enormous value in creating art that…

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Pool Noodle Boats

Pool Noodle Boats (and other things Aquatic) Objective: We have always enjoyed creating art with children that uses a material in an interesting way. And who doesn’t love the element of surprise? It’s so fun to see a young artist show off something they have made and the excitement they exude in explaining the process,…

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Pointing to Spring

“Pointing” to Spring  Objective: Although it may not feel like it today (brrrrrrrrrrr), spring is here! Celebrate the season by painting signs of spring (think birds, butterflies, flowers…) Pointillist style! Pointillism is a style of art where small dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. Easy to do for children and…

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Fingerprint Art

Fingerprint Art Objective: The possibilities are endless! Creating art with your children’s unique fingerprints is a great way to capture a moment, stretch your imagination, and add personalization to a piece. Turn it into a group project and get the whole family involved! We have been creating fingerprint art with classes and with our children…

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Fairy Houses

Fairy Houses 101 Objective: If there were to be one art project to create with kids that wins the award for our absolute most favorite of all time, it is hands down, no questions asked… outdoor fairy house building! Really nothing else even comes close. Eight years ago, our love of fairy houses started when…

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Styrofoam Prints

Objective: Although quality art products make for a more effective final piece, Styrofoam printing can happen with some pretty basic materials that most will have right at home. This is a fun one to experiment with. Turn your children’s designs into a set of homemade greeting cards or try printing on different surfaces- such as…

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