Megalithic Macho Moai Men of Rapa Nui

Model a Moai Statue! Pique a child's interest in history by recreating the ancient stone-carved statues of Easter Island using self-hardening dough or clay. “There exists in the midst of the great ocean, in a region where nobody goes,  a mysterious and isolated island,” wrote the 19th-century French seafarer and  artist Pierre Loti. “The island is planted … Continue reading Megalithic Macho Moai Men of Rapa Nui

The most fun. Ever!

The best part of this lesson was watching the kids. Ani Hoover is a new favorite of mine. http://www.flandersartgallery.com/artistprofile/ani-hoover I talked to the kids about modern artists. They're alive! And.... They don't always use brushes and paper. Ani Hoover uses spray paint, PVC pipes, templates and makes her own "paper". Finally, I found a use … Continue reading The most fun. Ever!

Spectacular Outdoor Murals Made with Sugar Icing

Just like any cake decorator would, Montreal-based artist Shelley Miller uses sugar icing to create delicate patterns of lines, shapes, and flowers. The one main difference with Miller, though, is that she’s not baking cakes. Miller is an installation artist who creates many of her intricate artworks outside. She uses edible blue paint on white … Continue reading Spectacular Outdoor Murals Made with Sugar Icing

That cool thing you saw on Pinterest that you want to try with the kids……

How to Present a New Art Lesson It can be scary as an Art Docent when you are considering a new project for your class.  What worked for your second grade student may not be easily adapted to the fifth, but you're going to try. If you're modifying or making one from scratch; new lessons … Continue reading That cool thing you saw on Pinterest that you want to try with the kids……

12 Most Loving Ways to Spark Creativity in Your Child

As I sat in my living room this Sunday, I took a look around me. All around me were people who were, what I like to call - plugged in. One child was using a the laptop,  another was on a gameboy, the youngest was playing the xbox and my girl sat wrapped around her kindle. Next to me, my husband was on his laptop and, … Continue reading 12 Most Loving Ways to Spark Creativity in Your Child

Fostering Creativity

I thought this PBS artice was super inspiring. Creativity is the freest form of self-expression. There is nothing more satisfying and fullfilling for children than to be able to express themselves openly and without judgment. The ability to be creative, to create something from personal feelings and experiences, can reflect and nurture children's emotional health. … Continue reading Fostering Creativity

Mehndi – Henna Tattoo

Mehndi, the art of henna painting on the body, has been practiced in parts of India, Africa and the Middle East for centuries. Henna is a dye procured from a tree: Lawsonia inermis, whose leaves when dried and mixed with boiling water stain the skin with mahogany color. Dried henna plant leaves are made into … Continue reading Mehndi – Henna Tattoo