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10 BEST ART AND CREATIVITY QUOTES

Creativity quotes that have always inspired me. These are truly great words that are good to motivate and inspire our children's creativity and love for art.
In this post I have include my treasured quotations of Henri Matisse, Albert Einstein, Edgar Degas, Aristotle, Mary Angelou, Loris Malaguzzi, Mary Ann Kohl and Mary Lou Cook that ignite inspiration.

"Art takes nature as its model" -Aristotle : Ancient Greek philosopher and scientist.

 "Art is not what you see but what you make others see" - Edgar Degas : French artist
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge" - Albert Einstein : The most famous theoretical physicist of all time.
"Logic will take you from A to B, imagination will take you everywhere" - Albert Einstein
"Imagination is more than knowledge" - Albert Einstein

"Our task regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains as high as possible. No on…

PREHISTORIC LANDSCAPE IN A CEREAL BOX

This past week was full of amazing art and craft activities. Especially because it was the spring break and as always we had a lovely list of topics planned for our holiday session. I was really happy to use up our big collection of cereal and cookie boxes this time. Although we had to find more boxes, as more dino lovers joined the gang! This happens all the time!
So here are the 'Prehistoric Dinosaur dioramas or landscape with dinosaurs. The title couldn't be the same for everyone and so we also had to call them Dinosaur land or Dinosaur Park!
All of them turned out GREAT! The children enjoyed every bit of it and that's for sure.



What was interesting was that the children liked the idea of drawing, colouring and cutting out the dinosaurs, the mountains, volcanoes and choosing their own layouts. They needed help with preparing the cereal box and in making the plants and grass.

We also made a few 'Beautiful forests' out of these boxes. We'll post those shortly…

PAPER GIFT BAGS

We needed gifts bags for our sharing day, something easy and quick to make. So I came up with these holiday gift bags which turned out pretty nice and neat and most importantly the fastest ones I could make.


They looked good with handles in different colours.

Materials required: Card stock, pva glue and craft foam and hot glue for the handles. I used card stock 170 gsm which were just right thickness fine to fold and paste. A few paper cut outs of stars and snowflakes in various sizes plus a Christmas tree name tag.

So here below are the steps to make them. For more queries about the project,you can always write to me.



Hope this helps if you like to try making them.
With warm wishes for the lovely season. Thank you all.

PENCIL POUCHES MADE OF CRAFT FOAM

Today we have added this wonderful pencil pouch to our easy gift making ideas. We haven't been using much of craft foam these days and I've been waiting to post this for almost a year. The pouches are really easy to make and look pretty neat!
It was a GREAT activity to engage my 8 to 10 year olds.
We had so much fun whilst everyone chose their foam sheets and designed their clasps .

We will need: Craft foam sheets - plain or printed, glue gun, sharpies, duct tape and velcro fasteners



The A4 size foam sheet was folded to form this envelope with enough pocket space for pencils.. Once folded it was secured with duct tape to hold the shape. Alternately all four sides of the foam sheet can be lined with tape before folding. Before sticking the velcro fasteners we glued a piece of foam to stop the foam from ripping off easily.

They all turned out so pretty! The clasp ideas were FANTASTIC! The hearts clasp design will look great for V'day gift!


I think these pouches or wallets m…

DIY STRETCHY BEADED BRACELETS

We had this lovely bracelet making class with 8 to 11 year old children. We used pipe cleaners with beads for the easier ones. We used the elastic strings and beads for the stretchy ones, which can be on the not super easy level. The elastic string ones took much longer to make and turned out really pretty. So they were made again as gifts especially for mother's day!

It is about two years and I still have mine all stretchy and beautiful! It was good to experiment and string beads in different ways to finally make them! It was great fun!

ALTERNATING COLOUR AND PATTERN PRINTING

This activity involves printing two different shapes in an alternating checkerboard arrangement. Using two different colours or shades of the same colour makes it interesting. The activity encourages children to observe the order of shapes and colours. We will need two small cardboard rolls or tp rolls to create the shapes and some poster /gouache paints. Drawing a grid makes it easier to print.



A CHARMING CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION -THE BEGINNING OF A NEW YEAR

We had a great Christmas celebration 2015! Everyone super enjoyed. It was an event filled with excitement and sharing.  Well, for me working the whole thing to success was to put in a lot of planning plus a huge amount of work. So that meant a long break from posting updates, less time for gardening or discovering new recipes. Every week was filled with a long list of things to do. I almost felt that I was transforming into a huge robot or something.. trying to complete tasks on time at home and the art center as well. Looking back now, I think I did good. Remembering the happy moments brings a smile always :)
Last year we made Christmas bags to carry the treats. This Christmas we decided to make Christmas trees. To complete the activity on time for the celebration, I gave every child a green cone shaped tree to decorate. 
We used A3 sized green card stock, long strips of green crepe paper, pipe cleaners, cutouts using pattern punches, reused foil, air-dry clay for stars on top, meta…

LAST MINUTE SCHOOL PROJECT : Making a model of the Colosseum using cardboard.

Children often come in with last minute projects to complete. Here is one such example.We printed a few pictures of the Colosseum for guidance.Corrugated cardboard or cardboard box were used for the base and the main building. The cardboard cutout of a carton was easy to roll and secure, so it is better to choose a slightly softer version of cardboard. Paper tape was good to secure the shape and later painted so it doesn't show that much. Being a school project I prefer to use paints the student is more familiar with due to the time constraint so we used poster paints. For the base we covered a rectangular piece of cardboard with a green sheet of crepe paper.



I must say that it turned out impressive for a quick project! The best part was when Manya carried it home with a big smile!

AUTUMN LEAVES ACTIVITY USING AIR DRY CLAY

Looking through my leaf souvenirs forged in brass or made of brass,it just struck me to use some of my brass leaves for our autumn leaves activity. These brass leaves had interesting details and worked well as nice molds for our leaves.
Supplies: Plastic or metallic leaves with embossed / engraved details, Peach or white air dry clay and acrylic paints in various colours.


We used a rolling pin to flatten the clay to a 3mm thick almost oval shaped sheets to fit the leaf. The clay sheet was placed on the mold and pressed gently. The extra clay on the edges was removed carefully and then the leaf as well. Now the details were on the underside of the clay leaf shape. While the clay was still wet we created the wavy leaf effect keeping the leaf shape intact.

We made a lovely mirror replica of our brass leaf! Here is the underside of our clay leaf as shown below.

We could not wait for them to dry! Soon they were painted in lovely colours and patterns.





I love the idea of painting those litt…

SPIRAL ROPE COASTERS

We made these rope coasters in our classroom.
Supplies: Cotton rope (we used white), PVA Glue, acrylic or fabric paints and brushes.
Children painted them beautifully and it turned out to be a rewarding holiday activity :)