Alexander Calder, American sculptor and inventor of the mobile, also invented the “stabile”, a freestanding sculpture with similar qualities to the mobile. Since his stabile sculptures are quite large, many are installed outdoors.… so we “planted” our stabiles in florist foam complete with growing grass to get the full effect! Materials: 4 Pipe cleaners in […]
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This wonderful sculpture was created at my last Teacher Workshop.… I don’t know who to give credit to, so if this is yours, please let me know!Alexander Calder (1898–1976) was an American artist who was born into a family of artists and sculptors and became one of the 20th century’s most influential modern artists. He […]
Kids love any opportunity to work in 3D and are surprised to discover all they can make using just toothpicks and some modeling material. After practicing a few basic forms, let their imaginations run wild and see all the creative ideas they can come up with! First, let’s begin with some basic vocabulary.…Tetrahedron — a pyramid […]
Kids LOVE using clay, maybe more than any other art medium, yet most schools and homes do not have a kiln for firing. If this is your situation, don’t let this stop you from sharing the experience of working with clay with your students! Crayola Air Dry Clay is a good alternative to the traditional […]
Here are a few scary (and sadly, out of focus!) monsters from a product demo I did yesterday for Crayola, using their Model Magic modeling material. These imaginative creatures were created by an 8 year old boy who couldn’t get enough of this stuff! Before being asked to teach this demo, I always thought Model Magic […]
Clay fish platter by Allison Kids love clay! There’s just something about getting your hands covered with mud that kids can’t resist! Clay is a great medium for learning about texture and form, and its possibilities are endless. Here are my directions for this fun fish platter.… a perfect summer project!Directions:1. Draw a fun fish […]
Hi! I'm Cheryl, and I'm a big fan of kids' artwork! For the last 20+ years, I've had the privilege of teaching art to kids from kindergarten through high school.... in public, private, charter, and homeschool settings. Now I'm focusing on mentoring other teachers through demos, workshops, and sharing lessons and more on my blog. I have a degree in art and an art ed credential, but I've learned that you don't need to be an "artist" or have an art background yourself to teach art to kids. All you need are good lessons to follow (like following a recipe) and the willingness to have fun! Over the years, I’ve developed hundreds of successful, classroom-tested art lessons for kids, and all the tips, methods, and strategies to go along with them! My passion now is to make all this available to classroom teachers, homeschool teachers, parents, and grandparents.… to anyone who wants to share the joy of ART with the kids in their life!