Process Art

  • 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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  • 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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  • Painting and Printing on the Bubble Wrap Tree

    Are you ready for a really simple idea that guarantees hours of artistic exploration, where the mess is contained outside, and you’ll have the coolest art to hang on your wall, and your children will learn about color, shape, size, printmaking, taking turns, and you can use supplies you already have on hand? Then let …

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  • Painting Pumpkins with Kids

    I have been waiting a year to post this!! The kids actually painted these pumpkins last year in art class, but I was too busy writing my book to edit the photos. And then all of a sudden it was Christmas. But now…here they are! Aren’t they so gorgeous? I used this one trick which I will …

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  • Acrylics with Kids

    I’ll share a secret with you: I’ve always wished I was a painter. I envy artists who have their own painting studio where they can hide away and listen to music and paint whatever they want. I think it’s the introvert in me who loves this idea of solitude, and not having to please the …

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  • Open-ended drawing prompts lead children to string a tree with drawings.

    The Drawing Tree

    Lately, I have found so much inspiration from my artsy friends on Instagram. Out of all social media platforms, I love IG the most because it’s just so easy. I love curating my own photos so that they look like a magazine spread (I obsess over color schemes just a little too much according to …

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  • Kids paint and collage giant donuts cut from recycled cardboard.

    Giant Cardboard Donuts

    Oh my goodness!! It’s been a very long time since I’ve gotten a post up this quickly after doing an art project with the kids, but I just couldn’t wait to share this one from art camp last week. How amazing are these donuts? I just stood back and watched them paint and collage and …

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  • Children use liquid watercolors and spray bottles to design colorful fabric banners.

    Watercolor Fabric Banners

    Todays post comes to you from Samara Caughey who runs a children’s art studio in LA called Purple Twig. I have written – and gushed – about Samara before. You can read my interview with her here. She is one of the most creative and imaginative people I know. She is a constant source of inspiration …

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  • Found Objects Collage

    I love these collages because they are so personal. Each child took home their painted “small things collectors” (egg cartons) and collected for a week. When they came back to art class seven days later, they had so many stories to tell! One child collected leaves and flowers from her garden with her grandmother. She …

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  • Easy Shapes Collage

    Today I am over on the wonderful kid’s learning blog Nurturestore, writing about this simple tissue paper collage idea. I am so very honored to be part of Cathy’s ABCs and 123s series which runs the whole month of March. This series will feature some of the best play and education bloggers around who will …

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