Art For Kids

Art projects for kids – even though you’ll want to make some of these projects, too.

A Project to Accompany William Wegman’s …

I got an email out of the blue from one of William Wegman’s studio assistants, asking if I’d like to write a post about William Wegman’s new book. “You bet your ass I do”, I replied. Only I didn’t really…

Inspired By Zentangle Patterns and Starter Pages

  First, a word about Zentangle® – It is a technique invented by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas; please click here to see the official Zentangle site to read and learn more about it. I’ve got TWO things for you today! Seen above is a free…

Make: Color Theory Playdough

We make play dough from time to time – honestly I probably make it a whole lot more because it seems to be THE thing to do now amongst kid bloggers. And there’s a reason- It’s easy as hell to…

25 So Cool Printmaking Ideas

  Printmaking with kids is one of my very, very, top, all-time favorite things to do. Printmaking itself is rad, but when you throw kids in the mix they tend to become absolutely enthralled with the process and results. Unless…

Print Transfer Project For Kids (You’ll …

I remembered a technique from college, where you brushed 10+ layers of gel medium over glossy magazine pages, letting them dry in between. Then you wet the magazine page and gently rolled the paper away with your fingers to reveal…

Easy Art Project: Staple Art for Kids

Sometimes, those crazy kids come up with their own cool art projects. Usually they’re pretty simple, but capture attention enough so that they spend a while – or even a few days- making lots of the project they have discovered.…

Blind Contour Drawing

There is a simple yet powerful little exercise that artists of all ages can adopt to help train their eyes. It is called blind contour drawing and it’s fantastic. All you need is paper and a pencil or pen (or…

Making Soap With Kids

    We made soap! I wanted to keep it fairly simple for our first foray into soap-making, so really all we did was submerge some dinosaurs. I mean, who doesn’t like dinosaurs in their soap, right? Have you tried…

Giant Paper Popsicle Craft

Sweet, sweet middle of summer. When meals are regularly replaced with popsicles and ants swarm your countertops to vie for a taste of the sticky melted nectar. We here at Tiny Rotten Peanuts (actually, just me. I’m alone today. I…

Embrace Your Inner Graffitist With This Sidewalk …

Hey hey, you crazy, creative, inspired monkey! How would you like to just go to town and paint all over your sidewalks? If you have kids you can pretend you’ve mixed the paint up for them, but we all know…

20 Drawing Ideas for Kids

  Drawing is the backbone of art-making. Really. And I know there are plenty of people in art-related fields who don’t draw. But let’s see how many ways I can beat this point to death: Practicing drawing helps train the…

Cool Bubble Geometry Drawing Adapted From a …

Kids shouldn’t get to have all the fun, especially when they tend to intentionally wipe their runny noses on your sleeve and ask for candy every 10 minutes all day long. Parents should get all the fun. Parents should raid the…