People sure do have some
crazy ideas about art! Many people think that only
artistic talent. Not true! What is true is that only some people know
how to let their talent
The best way to
let your artistic ability blossom is
Stop trying to make
"good" art that other people will like, and do art activities that are
fun for you -- meaning, fun to
people, that means simply doodling -- letting your imagination and
your fingers wander and seeing what you come up with. But
people like art that is messy, sensory --
stuff you can feel with your fingers or toes. (Even stuff you can
Try painting with finger paints, pudding, or mud. Splat some
soft, wet clay on a piece of tag board or cardboard and see what kind
of crazy textures, shapes, or designs you can make. Make handprint
art -- with finger-paints or large ink pads (washable please!). Make
great designs or add onto the dried handprint with marker or crayon
to design funny handprint animals and people.
people go crazy about color.
Experiment with mixing
your own paints and try to make some colors that you really, really
like. Then slap and slither them around on some paper to see what they
look like side by side, or try your hand at a tree or an elephant-- what
would they look like in bright fuchsia or orange? (And hey, did you
notice you can even blend your crayon colors to make new shades? Try it.
Lightly color your page with one color, and then repeat over the top
with another color.)
is another realm to explore.
Try gathering up junk from around the house (ask
before you take!), and glue it onto a square of cardboard to make an interesting collage.
Your collage could be 'about" something -- like recycling or
Summer vacation -- or it could just be a study in shapes and
textures. You could even paint your creation when it's dry.
think painting or sculpting is not your thing,
doing it really small or really big.
I discovered that I was much better at painting big murals than at
painting on a little canvas. And it doesn't matter if your work
doesn't look like "great art". What matters is that
like looking at it. And if you do, you might be surprised to find
that other people do too!
about art is not to make it look like what you've seen everybody else
make, but to make
something that makes you feel good on the inside.
Something that makes you feel happy or excited or satisfied or awed.
THAT is art.
important thing to remember is that doing art is really a time for
letting your spirit out to play. Over time, as you experiment -- as
you play around with different materials, sizes, shapes, textures --
you will come to better understand how to work with them, and how to
organize them, to direct them into a satisfying artistic creation.
art is a lot like learning a sport!
You have to do it, over and over and over and over and over....to do
it really well. Learning to paint a great picture is a lot like
learning to shoot hoops. It's not enough to have a picture in your
mind of what you want to do, nor even to have a strong desire to do
it. You have to let your hands practice the moves over and over and
over -- until your hands and mind work so well together, that they
become partners, working in effortless unison. As this happens, you
become so familiar with your tools and media (just like a player is
with his ball), that knowing how to get the right results out of
those tools is second nature, something your feel in your body as
much as know in your mind. But like I said, this takes practice and
repetition -- and most of all, a lot of experimentation, a lot of
playing around, trying different things, and seeing what happens.
remember, to become a great artist, remember to play
and have fun!
A few dozen great craft ideas for
kids of all ages, but especially pre-k through first grade.
When you exhaust these, click on their cooking page and make
some creations you can eat. Lots of links to more crafts
and lesson plan ideas.
Maybe you have
one of those little boxes with the different ovals of color in
them, the kind you need a cup of water to dip your brush in
first in order to make the paint. They're fun, for a
while. But how many things can you really do with them?
Try these ideas
Few things are
more satisfying than making something that is nice to look
at and useful! You can learn how to make a stylish
poncho, a hat, leg warmers, or lots of other things.
This site will also help you hook up with classes and
supplies. Presented by the Craft Yarn Council of America.
Unusual and interesting art ideas from Cindy Lukas
& friends. Includes batik, block printing, plus...fun with corn syrup,
bubble paper-- even art with balloons. Ever thought of painting with
Clorox bleach? How about shoe polish? (Better okay it with a grown-up
Here's a place to view some truly beautiful and
unusual art done by kids. Artwork is grouped by theme or project type,
making it a great place to get ideas for your own art projects. While
you're there, surf their site for even more art ideas and check out
their online supplies
catalog to get stocked up on materials for painting, drawing, mixed
media art projects. You might also want to surf the world of art through
their top ten art museum
Surf this site to see
beautiful paintings and other artwork from a large number of
important artists of earlier times. Great for art history
students. Sponsored by the Jacques-Edourd Berger
Foundation. A gorgeous collection that includes art of
spiritual significance from various cultures. Be sure
to check out the puzzles you can do!
An amazing gateway to a variety of online art
exhibits. Be sure to check this sites "exhibit of the day". This
site also features "for sale" offerings by contemporary artists,
information on art schools, links to sellers of art supplies, and