Collage Play, Color Play

Monochromatic and Geometric Cut Paper Collage

This art play is a fun way for your 2.5-6 year olds to explore shape and color groups through design play while working on gluing skills. 6+ year olds will certainly enjoy this collage play as well, but you’ll need to tailor the set up to their skill level. My little artist is four. I… Continue reading Monochromatic and Geometric Cut Paper Collage

Collage Play, Paint Play, Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Post Cards

We always make a special card for our nearest and dearest on Valentine’s Day. We live far away from our loved ones, so it’s extra important to us that they get something special in the mail to let them know we love them. This multi day process based art play is a great way for… Continue reading Valentine’s Day Post Cards

Autumn, Collage Play

Autumn Sun Catcher

This is a fun way for your 2.5+ year old to practice gluing skills and design play, with a nice suncatcher as a result. This would be a lovely craft for Martinmas, to celebrate and embrace our dwindling autumn light. Materials Autumn colored pre-cut tissue paperGlue (we used a sponge in a bowl with watered… Continue reading Autumn Sun Catcher

Art with Babies, Collage Play, Contact Paper Play, Paint Play

Geometric Shape Contact Paper Play

Contact paper is one our favorite tools to facilitate design play. It is such a fun, easy way to engage your 1+ year old with art. Loose parts can be modified to make this process fun for every age, theme and season. Impermanent art play is fun for everyone, but especially fantastic for budding perfectionists.… Continue reading Geometric Shape Contact Paper Play

Collage Play, Organization and Resources, Printable Resources, Protest Play

Workshop in a Bag: Amplify Youth Voices in Your Community

These are instructions for how to adapt acclaimed artist/activist Favianna Rodriguez’s Social Justice Poster Making Workshop to a "Workshop in a Bag" model that you can assemble yourself and distribute to young people in your community to amplify youth voices. These "Workshop in a Bag" art kits can be distributed to kids 8 years and… Continue reading Workshop in a Bag: Amplify Youth Voices in Your Community

Collage Play, Organization and Resources, Printable Resources, Protest Play

Social Justice Poster Making Workshop for Kids with Favianna Rodriguez

When I was teaching high school art at the most amazing school full of incredible young people I had the honor of attending a poster making workshop with my students led by acclaimed Oakland, CA based artist/activist Favianna Rodriguez. Excerpt from Social Justice Poster Making Workshop created by Favianna Rodriguez The workshop was so empowering… Continue reading Social Justice Poster Making Workshop for Kids with Favianna Rodriguez

Collage Play, Mother’s Day, Paint Play

Mother’s Day Cards with Wet on Wet Watercolor

We always make a special card for the very best mamas/grandmas in our lives for Mother’s Day. We live far away from our dearest loved ones, so it’s extra important to us that they get something special in the mail for Mother’s Day. Beautiful cards for our favorite moms This project has several layers and… Continue reading Mother’s Day Cards with Wet on Wet Watercolor