Lino Printmaking at Home

Printmaking at home can be lots of fun and there are many ways to do it. Here is what you will need and a step by step guide for creating your own prints. Additionally, I made sure to include tips and tricks as well as recommended brands for first time or veteran printmakers. What you will need Lino (you can purchase lino blocks at your local art store or here online: https://www.currys.com/catalogpc.htm?Category=LINO_BLOCKS) A soft rubber brayer (I use the brand Speedball) An X-Acto knife Plexiglass or equivalent surface for inks (non-porous) An assortment of linoleum cutters (I have a set from Lee Valley but Speedball also has a handy set that all of the attachments can be stored inside t

Life-size Me Activity

The body is a tool that we use to explore the world around us. It grants us the ability to touch, see, smell, and hear all of the intricate beauties of life. Our body also takes on immense amounts of stress, whether it is physical, mental or emotional, our bodies are affected. It is important that we take care of them and understand how much we can learn from them. Children are always touching things and getting into messes, and it's all simply because they are exploring and trying to make sense of what is around them. While I was in Thailand, I worked with children from an orphanage. While we were there we completed a workshop that required them to trace their bodies and draw inside. We wan

Remembrance Day Postcards

Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919. It was to commemorate the agreement that ended the First World War on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month. The Act of Remembrance They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. We will remember them. It is a day to remember the men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country. Not only those who served in World War 1 but those who continue to serve us today. This activity is to get kids talking about Remembrance Day in a way that means something to them. It will allow them to visually

Pumpkin Seed or Recycled Mosaic

As an aspiring art teacher I am hoping to provide others with art activities that they can do throughout the month. Hopefully, those reading will be able to gather some new ideas that they can add to their repertoire. There will be one activity per week categorized by month. Have fun creating! Pumpkin Seed Mosaic This is a great idea for right after halloween, because there is an abundance of seeds after carving all of them. Instead of wasting the inside, you can roast the seeds and use them to create a one of a kind mosaic. Mosaics are made of tiny colored pieces of stone, pottery, glass or other materials, arranged together and set in plaster or cement to make patterns and images. They can

CREATING CHALKBOARD ART

Recently I have begun to dabble in chalkboard art as well as whiteboard art for different event and business signs. It's been a lot of fun to do. I've met new people and have had a chance to go to some different events. ​​ I've heard a lot of people say that they wouldn't even be able to draw a stick man. But I'm here to tell you with a little planning and some practice you can be making your own beautiful signs in no time. A great way to start, especially if you don't know what to draw is to look up images on the Internet or Pinterest. This is a good way to also generate ideas if you weren't sure on what you wanted to do in the first place. Be cautious though, you can get sucked into the Pi

You can create chalkboard art too!

Recently I have begun to dabble in chalkboard art as well as whiteboard art for different event and business signs. It's been a lot of fun to do. I've met new people and have had a chance to go to some different events. I've heard a lot of people say that they wouldn't even be able to draw a stick man. But I'm here to tell you with a little planning and some practice you can be making your own beautiful signs in no time. A great way to start, especially if you don't know what to draw is to look up images on the Internet or Pinterest. This is a good way to also generate ideas if you weren't sure on what you wanted to do in the first place. Be cautious though, you can get sucked into the Pinte

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