Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Old T-Shirts Make Great Smocks

One thing that keeps us from letting our kids explore art is ... well ... the art supplies! They are crazy colors and they do tend to get um, how do I say this - ALL OVER THE PLACE.

I've found that an old short sleeved t-shirt, preferably adult sized, makes a great smock. It's nice and long and if the shoulders are too wide, you can cinch it up in the back with a clothespin. Easy Breezy.

Look at this girl go!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tape Down the Paper - 2

We've talked about taping down the paper as your kids are painting or drawing to make the whole experience easier for little hands. I've used masking tape loops on the back of paper, but there's another tricky thing you can do.

If you use thick paper (like watercolor paper), tape down the paper all the way around the edge by using masking tape on the front. Try to get these pieces semi-straight and uniform.

When the artwork is all done and DRY, carefully peel the masking tape off. It creates a nice white space around the edge of the artwork and really makes it pop.

Sign, or better yet, have your kiddo sign their work along with their age. Voila!

Ken, age 4
tempura on construction paper

Kids Art Class - postponed until November 4th

kinderdoodle [art class for kids]

2 - 4 year olds

30-45 minute 'intro to art' class!

Wednesdays 10 am


November 4th* (No class the week of Thanksgiving.)

$26.50/3 classes (includes tax and supply fee!)

5505 Osuna Rd. NE Suite E
(Bounce n’ Boogie location)

Daniela Byers | 363-3309

Class size is small and starting soon - call or email to reserve a spot!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

E., age 4
texture collage on construction paper
with colored glue

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tape Down the Paper

As your little button sits down to draw, color or paint - a simple thing you can do is tape down the paper. This helps little ones gain confidence - they don't have to be able to hold the paper with one hand AND draw with the other. They can just concentrate on the fun part. Also, it's surprising how well it helps to contain the paint/crayon/pen marks! (My two year-old is much less likely to run off with the pen and paper and use the couch as a table when her paper is taped down!)