January Wishes and Colorful Wonders

January is always thrilling and exciting as we cast our sites on new things ahead! Here’s a few art projects to keep your kids dreaming, wishing and motivated to continue new art projects through the end of January!

Wishing Wand
Supplies: Cardstock Contact paper, Scissors, Assorted Sequins and Glitter, Lours, Marker, Stick/Dowel, Pencil, Ribbon or Wired Garland


Cut out two stars with Cardstock Paper, then take the contact paper and cut it out two times. Make them the size of the star. ****Leave enough room so that the contact paper can be glued to the star later. Decorate one of the contact paper with assorted sequins and glitter lours. Then glue the edges of the contact paper together. Finally, glue the contact paper to the edges of the star. If you have any edges of the contact paper that extends outside of the star then just cut around and re-glue the edges. Last but not least, Set Goals and Resolutions: Write around the outside of the star goals and things to look forward to. 
For example:“FRONT: In 2021, I want to create, earn a new belt, go to the beach. BACK: Learn to read, illustrate, start eating dessert after breakfast.”
-New Years Centerpiece and Wishing Wand, Dancers4Life

Alcohol Ink Coasters  

  • 4 tile coasters (the non-porous and shiny kind 🙂  
  • Ranger Alcohol Inks ( several colors of choice)  
  • Rubbing Alcohol  
  • Felt  
  • Black Paint  
  • Mod Podge Glue ( or glue of choice)  
  • Paint brushes  
  • Wax paper or something to protect you work surface ( these inks stain…trust me – I learned the hard way !)   
  • Spray Sealer 

First, lay down wax paper on the table, then place the coasters on top. The wax paper will protect the table from spilled paint staining the table. Second, use a paint brush to rub the alcohol on the coasters. Third, place the colors in order of what you want to use first. Then start dropping the paint on the coasters. If you have any white spots then just add more color to it. Fourth, paint the sides black or any color of your choosing. Fifth, cut squares out of black felt. Leave it until you coat the bottom of the coaster with mod podge or glue. Then you can stick the felt to the bottom. Finally, use the spray seal over the paint side and allow it to dry overnight. Enjoy your finished colorful art project!  

-PC and Project: Instructables Living 

Fun Facts about Alcohol Ink!

Alcohol inks are an exciting new medium in the art world that allow a free flow of expression with a variety of techniques. Artists who specialize in alcohol inks have developed styles that range, from representational art that captures the natural world, to abstract art specializing in serene and gilded designs.

“The powerful punches of color, use of non-absorbent surfaces, and ability to maintain a clean seal with resin have allowed alcohol ink art to captivate a wide range of art enthusiasts. This artwork is a beautiful way to decorate your walls, as well as all manner of household objects. Alcohol ink artists are famous for their versatility in substrates, as they paint glass vases, jewelry and metals, and functional wooden pieces. No matter what substrate they drop their ink onto, the pieces always come out looking stunning.”

Louise Christian uses alcohol inks to paint natural scenes, such as forests, trees, flowers, and mushrooms. Her painting range from impressionistic to realistic. Her techniques make use of bold, bright colors and unique textures. To create her full desired vision, she mixes the media by drawing over her paintings with ink pens.”

-PC and Article: Artists Who are Famous for Using Alcohol Ink, Smart Art Box, 2019

Contact us about our art classes to keep your kids busy throughout the year!

Happy Kwanzaa!

Kwanzaa means first fruits of the harvest!

Thankful for the harvest this year has blessed us with. Food to fill our stomachs and time to spend with our loved ones whether near or far!

“Everyone can use these [explained] principles below…to be a better human being!”

-(What is Kwanzaa and How is it Celebrated?, Inside Edition: Youtube) 

Seven principles of Kwanzaa are Umoja: Unity, Kujichagulia: Self Determination, Ujima: Collective Work and Responsibility, Ujamaa: Collective Economics, Nia: Purpose, Kuumba: Creativity, Imani: Faith.  

Kwanzaa Kinara  

Supplies: Paper Plate, Markers, Scissors, Construction Paper, Popsicle Sticks and Glue.  

Watch the step-by-step video on how to color around the edges of the plate in a fun, colorful pattern; write the holiday greeting, cut slits in the paper plate, color the craft sticks, cut out Kwanzaa candle flames and glue the candles to the paper! 

Click Here to Watch!

Again Happy Kwanzaa and may the year be prosperous!

Spooktacular Halloween Event 2020

Halloween Pumpkin GIF by Josh Freydkis - Find & Share on GIPHY

Thank you to everyone that was able to attend the Halloween Outdoor Kids Art Event on October 31st at the Culture Lab, in collaboration with The Blue Bus Project! …It was a huge turnout, despite the cold weather. We hope you enjoyed the myriad entertainment options and spooktacular fun available, while providing a safe and enjoyable event for all! In case you missed it, we hope your children’s day was super special!

We had so much fun creating creepy necklaces, decorating haunted houses, painting body parts and skulls, walking through the spooky Blue Bus; all in a CO-VID friendly space with gloves/hand sanitizer and masks! We hope these pics will remind you of a wonderful day had by all this Halloween. Keep the spirit of hope, love and and community alive as we head into a brand new era…and stay tuned for more exciting children’s offerings this winter!

See you again at our next event or class. If you were not able to join us this time, please join our E-List today! Sign up here.

PC: Desired One Photography and Lisa Charles

How can I stay creative & make art this summer… indoors, outdoors… by the pool… where-ever?!

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ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

“How to Draw” videos
Simple French learning @ lunch
Exercise classes
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UPCOMING THEMES:

  • Architecture! (learning the in’s and out’s of 1-point and 2-point perspective plus more!) 
  • Portraits! (building a face in simple steps)

 

Hot Day? Stay cool 😎 with this DIY snow dough recipe + a fun STEM snow making

Thanks Itty Bitty Family Blog for the tips!

FOR MORE hours of fun STEM activities this summer,

TRY this SNOW-MAKING KIT

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