Tis the season!

December 2, 2008

For scattered blog posts, shop shop shopping, and the best arts and crafts projects of the year.  I spent some time with my little apprentices this past weekend, and they conjured up some imaginative garland for their holiday decor.

gingerbreadgirls

gingerbreadmeds

Thanks for all your hard work girls!

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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

crafty fall fun

September 27, 2008

Off to the lake for some crafty time with my three favorite apprentices, and the rest of the battalions’ kids.  Some days I really miss being in the classroom with 20 little rug rats running around.  Events like this remind me of those fun-filled days…(and just how much I really do love my dog)