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Cardboard Relief Sculptures

If there’s one thing we all have on hand coming out of the holidays, its PACKAGING! And that doesn’t just mean cardboard boxes- it’s Styrofoam, and bubble wrap, and countless oddly shaped cushioning materials. As a children’s art teacher, I love bringing in heaps of this stuff into the classroom, laying it all out on…

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Art of Resolutions

Many of us will be making new year resolutions, intentions, or goals this week. It is an important moment in the year to take a pause and think about where your life is now, where you hope it will be, and what you need to do to move closer to that dream. In order to…

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Celebration Elves

  This time of year is special for many reasons. No matter the holiday, astronomical shift, religion, seasonal change, or cultural celebration you associate with, there’s an excitement in the air. For many, there exists a feeling of whimsy and enchantment and a sense that the world is bigger than what our eyes can see….

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Art of Winter Solstice

The winter solstice is fascinating not only from an astronomical standpoint, but also because of it’s significance to all human beings whom we share this earth with. On December 21st, those of us who live in the northern hemisphere will mark the day that dark triumphs over light. This day signifies a turning point towards…

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Art and Music

Drawing to Music Objective: Within the world of creative expression, art and music are like close family relatives of each other. Often as parents and/or educators we feel more comfortable with one over the other, but when both art forms are brought together and connected into one project, amazing things can happen! In this activity,…

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Shadow Tracing

Shadow Tracing Objective: Drawing and painting with light and shadow is an intriguing art encounter that is a great cross curricular learning opportunity. What’s great about the shadow drawing experience is that it can be as simple or as complex as you choose to make it, requires minimal tools and artists of any age and…

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African Kente Cloth Weaving

  African Kente Cloth Weaving Objective: This multicultural project takes us to Africa and explores the significance of the Kente Cloth. The Kente Cloth was originally worm by royalty, the very wealthy, or highly respected Ashanti people people of Ghana in West Africa. Today it is worn by all, especially for special occasions such as…

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Paper Mache Art

Paper Mache We know it can be a bit messy,and some parents will cringe at what we are about to say but… paper mache is so much fun, the possibilities are endless, and you likely already have everything you need right in your home. Paper mache creates 3-dimensional projects by combining paper with a glue-like…

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Decoupage Art

Decoupage If there ever was a true decoupage fanatic, it would be Mystic Museum of Art’s Education Manager Mary Addison. There was a time that nothing was safe around her. With her fingers in a constant state of being covered with Mod Podge, she was decoupaging everything in sight. From, furniture, to shoes, holiday ornaments,…

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Nature Journaling

Nature Journaling Nature Journaling is the simple recording of observations of nature. It is a wonderful way to help us pay attention to our environment and to develop our awareness and appreciation of the earth. It also forces us to slow down, something most of us need to do more often. The natural curiosity of…

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