I meant to post these lovely paintings yesterday.  Executed in watercolor pencil, the effect is quite similiar to the flowing colors and design on the scarf they gave me.

butterflylia

butterflymaia1

butterflyemma

Does anyone remember the coloring books, where all you had to do was run a wet brush over the lines, and they magically turned into paint?  This technique so brings me back to those days.   My Granny J, would have a stash of these books for anytime we came to visit…the girls tell me they’re still in existence.  I might have to get my hands on one for a good sick day.

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I love LOVE love collage.  It’s fun to teach the little ones, fun to use all those old scraps I can’t bare to throw away, and fun to see just how imaginative you can get with it.  When I was teaching art (to the masses)…this was a real treat for the kids.  They earned “free-create” or collage days with good behavior.  They thought of it as a treasure hunt, and the ideas they would come up with never ceased to amaze me.  They appreciated and learned more from these activities than they ever did with the costly kits, that came with all the pieces cut to size, and color choices laid out.  So if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to inspire creativity with your kids or grandkids…I highly recommend.

Armed with several old Anthropologie catalogs (I just can’t throw them away they’re so beautiful), scraps of old paper and fabric, and a few tools for embellishments…my three apprentices came up with some clever collage work…

Artist:  Lia, 3rd Grade – love those blue boots and fashionable dress

Artist:  Maia, just barely 4yrs. – two dogs for Miss Maia

Artist:  Emma, 1st Gradetake note of the expertly crafted squirrel in the tree