We had an opening party at the studio on Sunday and it made my heart so happy. Lots of friends, family and neighbors and lots of kids playing, creating and having fun together. More photos to come...
To celebrate fall, today I’m sharing a favorite leaf activity that celebrates process, choice making, and experimentation.
Invitation to create with fresh leaves, washi tape, and poster paint.
First, set up the washi tape, leaves, and scissors, and invite children to add tape to the leaves. If they want to cut the leaves, don’t worry, that’s totally fine! 👌🏼 Following that, we set up poster paint (a.k.a. tempera paint. Acrylic works, too, but it will stain, so maybe not the best choice for little ones) and invite children to add paint. There’s no wrong way about it. However children interpret the materials is a-okay. Once dry, you can add these to table decorations or hang on a wall.
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I’ve updated the shop with a sibling art box. I have had a few requests to add this. The sibling art box will come in a larger box and will include enough craft materials for two children, the story of a creative female and one set of activity cards to share. The box costs £14.90. You can now choose this box as a monthly subscription or buy one from our shop. #makeandwonder #kidssubscriptionbox
What can you do when you want to paint pumpkins but there is no orange paint?? Red + yellow = orange!! What a fun discovery to our pumpkin drawings. 👩🏽🎨🎨👨🏻🎨
Enjoying the process of practice alongside the practice of process. 🎨
Stay Tuned...more to come
How can we keep kids interested and engaged in their art supplies over time?
The Fall session of Design Camp is ending this week so we're finishing off by focusing on this question.
Setting out "Invitations To a Create," (open-ended art prompts) have been my go-to strategy.
They can be as simple as this photo, or a little more involved.
The idea is to set out a few supplies in an inviting way on the table so your child can discover them. There is no intended outcome, just see what happens!
The goal is to spark curiosity and remind kids about all the awesome supplies they have on hand.
I'm encouraging the participants in Design camp to set up Invitations To Create this week.
🌟Want to join us?🌟
I'll share more of ours this week!
For more detailed info on Invitations To Create, click the link in my profile- I offer a free video series on the topic.
And if you just want some quick ideas, head over to @100daysofartbar
where my friend Bar of @artbarblog
has shared 84 different ideas for art prompts -her goal is to get to 100!
If you join in this week, tag me or send me a DM -I'd love to connect and see your prompts 😊
Fall Leaf Suncatchers: Going on nature walks, collecting leaves, observing the changing seasons, sorting colors, sorting shapes, creating patterns, working independently, collaborating and helping each other. There are so many meaningful ways of learning that hold individual purpose within one simple project. Find the full DIY instructions on the blog (link in profile).
Open ended art projects like these fall suncatchers lend themselves perfectly for working with different age groups and leave room for further exploration guided by the children’s interests.
Children learn at their own pace and search what interests them within each project which often differs for the different ages. E.g. while the younger children seemed most intrigued by cutting papers and simply enjoyed the sensory feedback of sticking various materials on the contact paper, most of the 4 year old children were more interested in arranging the leaves in lines, creating patterns with the materials and embellished their sun catchers with pens and symmetrical designs.
Read more about how we extended this exploration for the different age groups on the blog (link in profile).
Hold on to fall a little longer with some leaf suncatchers 🍁☀️! Our toddlers loved collecting and arranging their leaves on sticky paper, plus mommies and daddies will love hanging these colorful creations in their windows! Find the full DIY instructions on the blog (link in profile).
A little peek at the photo session I worked on this morning for KidArtLit. Thank you for being on this journey with us. Your support means so much and we wouldn’t have the stamina to keep going without you! Look for something new and fun over on @kidartlit
in a few weeks. We can’t wait to celebrate connecting with our kids through books and art! 🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂
You can’t really go wrong with the classic #marblepainting
activity for preschoolers! The marks the marbles make on the paper make for a perfect spider web and Halloween activity! 🕸🕷🕸🕷🖤
This fun #processart
is enjoyed by all ages; even my 8 year old gets in on the action! 👱🏼♀️🧒🏼👦🏼 (and 👩🏼 thinks it’s nifty, too!) 👌🏻
We added iridescent glitter, various spiders and some slime foam balls for tiny spider eggs. The end result looks super cute! And check out how adorable the brotherly love here is!😍 #boymom
I added a quick video in my stories about the chant Luke said while creating his web and little brother followed along. 😊
The classics never fail and marble painting is one of them!! 👍👍👍
#kidsactivities #halloweenfun #spiderweb
Autumn Forest 🍂
Today, we have bubble wrap printed autumn treetops, cut slits into toilet roll trunks, and assembled an autumn forest scene for M’s wooden animals. This was created particularly for the #oct_playalong
squirrel, who has visited every tree in the forest to sample its nuts. M has really enjoyed the #imaginativeplay
with the animals, but also being involved in every part of the creation and assembly. Added bonus: lots of shape chat as we cut out squares, circles and triangles. These trees are going to be fab for future play scenes too - thank you so much, Rachel @themakermum
, for the tree-riffic idea!
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What’s up, Home For the Holidays followers? I’m Marissa from @artwithmarissa
-the totally fun, educational, process-heavy, creative and individuality-based art studio for kids. I’ll be popping in and out of the store this season, doing workshops and events for kids.
I’m taking over today, so here’s my studio’s life story:
I am a former high school art teacher who took a break from the classroom to start a family. When my oldest son began school in California, that school had no art program, so I stepped in and volunteered art classes. When the school year ended, the parents asked me to continue doing art camps in the summer. From my little California backyard, Art With Marissa began. It’s been an amazing 3 1/2 years because I’m doing what I am passionate about, and I’m doing it on my terms.
Now I’m back in Lakewood, bringing what I love to the people I love. I believe strongly that all kids need art experiences that allow them to be free, to express their own ideas, and to grow confidence in their own decision making and skills. I purposely set up Art With Marissa to be a place where kids can come in and experiment and build creative thinking skills that are so crucial to their development. We work in small groups, so there’s a ton of one-on-one time, and we are able to work with more advanced concepts and techniques, which means that kids usually bring home artwork that you’re going to probably want to put on display!
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New Multi-Age Class Offering!
Children ages 18 months-5 years will join us for an hour of art and sensory experiences. Perfect for siblings!
More information at homegrownfriends.com/product/art-sensory-adventures
The last of the weekend work!