Author Archives: Barbara Rucci

  • Make an (almost) perfect rainbow pom-pom with this simple DIY.

    Rainbow Pom-Pom DIY

    We make pom-poms all the time in art class, and at home. It seems like whenever we have a little time left over, the kids gravitate towards the basket of yarn and ask to make pom-poms. I thought I would show you my best attempt at a perfect rainbow pom-pom, using our favorite pom-pom makers. …

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  • Hollowed out eggs, marbleized with nail polish

    How to Hollow Out an Egg

    Have you ever hollowed out an egg? Otherwise known as blowing out an egg – but I can’t say that without making a weird face, so I’m sticking with hollow. I have a vague memory of doing this as a child. I remember the “blow really hard” part because it’s such an unusual thing to do …

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  • Children use this one prompt to create imagination-filled portraits

    Self Portraits: What Does Your Imagination Look Like?

    { This post written by my lovely contributor, Shannon Merenstein of Hatch art studio. } There are so many ways to approach self portraits with children: observation, inspired by a particular artist, symbols of interests and activities, the list goes on. This time, I wanted to create an engaging, multi media self portrait that could …

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  • An interview with Kim Poler, owner of the children's art studio Beehive Art in Wayland, MA

    Art Educator Interview: Kim Poler from Beehive Art Studio

    I am beyond thrilled today to introduce you to my friend and art teacher extraordinaire, Kim Poler. She is the most innovative and enterprising woman I’ve had the pleasure of knowing, and the visionary behind Beehive Art studio in Wayland, Massachusetts. Kim never ever ceases to amaze me with her energy and her plethora of process-art ideas. Her …

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  • Cardboard letters wrapped with yarn made by kids.

    Yarn Wrapped Cardboard Letters

    I’ve been wanting to share these cardboard letters for so long! My art camp kids made them back in July. The other day, as I was going through these photos, I realized that four of the letters spelled C.A.L.M. Boy, did I need this message. If there is anything that I am not these days, …

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  • Children create mixed-media collage paintings on recycled paper bags.

    Paper Bag Collage Art

    I am so very excited to introduce you to a new contributor to Art Bar. Please welcome Shannon Merenstein from Hatch Art Studio in Pittsburgh!! Shannon has the most beautiful Instagram feed where she shares truly original and open-ended art ideas for children. I have been so inspired by her this past year that I sent her …

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  • Make these artistic and painterly hearts using cereal boxes and acrylics.

    Cardboard Hearts from Cereal Boxes

    You know I love using materials that are free. One of my faves is cereal boxes. They have that cardboard box look, but easier to cut! I save practically every cereal box we ever eat, and we eat a ton of cereal. I’m always trying to find ways to make the humble cereal box feel …

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  • Love, not hate, makes America great // free downloadable poster

    Love not Hate

    I made this sign with cut paper letters for the Women’s March in DC that I’m going to with my daughter on Saturday. I posted it on Instagram and got lots of comments to make it a printable. So here it is, I hope it works! I’m sort of bad at making downloads. Click here for …

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  • Wintery Mobiles with Kids

    I’ve been wanting to make these wintery mobiles for years and years, ever since I saw them on the Purple Twig blog back in 2014. Samara always has the very best ideas. She did them for an arts fair in her California community, and I wanted to set this up for a book event I …

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  • Doily Snowflake Stars

    The idea for these beautiful, lacy snowflake stars came from the paperbag stars we made last summer. SITS Girls had the original idea and made them out of white paper bags. I became obsessed with them because they are so fast and easy! So last summer we made them in art camp and painted them …

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