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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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Art Inspired by Peter Reynolds

Meet one of MMoA’s favorite children’s author/ illustrator… Peter Reynolds.  His collection of stories are a joyful and powerful reminder of our individuality and advocate the fact that we are ALL artists. For anyone who has been afraid to express themselves – from a child in art class to an adult whose fear has hindered a…

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“Salty” Art

“Salty” Portraits Objective: As parents, we want the best for our kids and that includes developing their creativity. But what if your child just isn’t into art. We obviously don’t want to force it, but there are certainly ways we can encourage artistic exploration that that goes beyond simply drawing and painting. Perhaps they haven’t…

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A Change of Art, Art for Change

Signs of Change We all know that art has massive power to move people to social change. Art is a universal language we all speak and can bridge enormous divides to help bring about awareness and help unify. The past month, injustice has been on full display. We have witnessed terrible inequities and heinous abuses…

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Mindfulness and Art

 Mindful Art There seems to be a trend afflicting our culture these days. Many of us seem to be lacking focus and we feel the physical and mental effects of living in an overstimulated society. The benefits of being mindful are proven. By living in the present, we are able to explore the deeper, more…

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Blackout Poetry

Objective: It is a remarkable experience when art connects with language and incorporates text. That could mean a lot of things from writing and illustrating a graphic novel,  creating projects inspired by your favorite children’s books, graffiti art,  or in the case of this week’s lesson… creating a piece of art that quite literally uses…

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Process Art

Objective: If your child has ever proudly pointed out something they’ve made, and you have absolutely NO idea what you’re looking at, then you’ve already experienced Process Art. This type of art thrives without boundaries and celebrates creative freedom. Here is where the creation of the piece, not the outcome becomes the focus. The beauty…

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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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