Art Projects and DIY

I love to come up with ways for people to make things with their hands, but I’m not into big, complicated DIY projects. All the projects I have here are going to be fairly easy and low-key.

Kids’ Graphic Design Project: Business Cards

Business cards are pretty cool. Well, except for the boring ones. I’ve seen some wonderfully creative cards, and thought it would be a fun quick project for kids. Fen had a friend over last week, so I set some blank…

Teenage Boys Get Creative – Paracord Bracelets

Paracord bracelets are even cooler than they look. They’re made of a long length of paracord- that you can quickly unravel if you find yourself lost in a deep, dark wood, and need some emergency cord that can hold hundreds…

Artist Spotlight: Joseph Cornell

I love Joseph Cornell because he wasn’t a formally trained artist. He collected little things, beginning with items his father would bring him. He had a natural eye for design and composition and somehow gravitated toward working with shadow boxes…

Impromptu Leaf Creations

Sometimes you’re just sitting around out on your front steps with your son. It’s raining Fall leaves of oranges, reds and yellows. This is the perfect moment to enjoy the leaves through some impromptu art-making, am I right? Of course,…

DIY Scratchboard Art Project

It’s totally easy to DIY scratchboard, so let’s get down to it.   Recipe: 1/4 cup black tempera paint 1/4 cup dish soap That’s it! Mix it up and paint it on some heavyweight paper, like watercolor paper. Let the…

Sidewalk Paint Recipe (It’s not Winter. …

So yesterday I wrote all about outdoor learning spaces, and I couldn’t stop thinking about homemade sidewalk paint. I have a good recipe for sidewalk paint, that’s simple to whip up, and you can make lots of different colors. And…

Magazine Collage Faces

A favorite project for us to do around here is to rip up and reconfigure faces in magazines. It’s quick, easy and usually gives some pretty funny results. Sometimes we simply switch around facial features, which is the most hilarious…

Sketchbook Cover Ideas

I realized the kids at art school were much cooler than I was when I got there with my plain black sketchbook, and theirs were all painted and drawn-on and beautifully tattered. I had a lot to learn. But, armed…

Abstract Painting Project

This painting project is fun and gives satisfying results for pretty much all ages of kids. You can tailor the project to the age of the child by helping them more or less. For instance, if you are doing this…

Kids Learn Installation Art-Patrick Dougherty

I’ve been a fan of artist Patrick Dougherty ever since I saw some of his work in college. I’m sure I saw it via slides in a slide projector, because I am THAT OLD. Dougherty began making small woven stick…

How to Lure a 15 Year Old Into …

1. It’s got to be quick and simple. 2. It’s got to be magical. (Unless you already have a teenage art lover, in which case it will be easy.) I set Fen up yesterday with watercolor paper, paints, brushes, lots…

So Collagey Fun

Here is a little project you can do with or without your kids, with or without a giant glass of alcohol. I introduce you to the magazine collage. It is 1 part paper dolls, 1 part model-makeover, and 8 parts…