Rainbow Flower Collage


Rainbow Flower Collage

My four-year-olds made these! Some of them had just learned cutting so it was definitely a challenge, but they were up for it and they persevered and I was so proud of them! I was inspired by this post from Deep Space Sparkle, an awesome website with so many great resources by elementary school art teacher Patty Palmer. She has great instructions for this project which she did with kindergartners. We simplified a bit since my kids were younger, so I’ll go over our version.

great art project for cutting skills and color recognition

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Supplies needed:

Colored paper in a rainbow mix ~ you can cut up old art mixed with some construction paper, and some origami paper if you want some patterns.

Scissors

Glue stick

A piece of cardboard (I cut mine from a box in rectangular sizes, about 8″ x 11″)

great art project for cutting skills and color recognition

great art project for cutting skills and color recognition

great art project for cutting skills and color recognition

I supplied circles for the middle that I cut from muffin tin papers. I thought they would get frustrated cutting a circle. I cut all of the papers into small rectangular shapes, then I taught them how to cut a petal by placing your scissors at the bottom in the middle, curving out, then ending at the top middle. This concept was tough! I helped some of the girls by putting my fingers in the scissors with their fingers on top. This allowed them to go through the movements and understand the concept of “curved”. After they chose their own colors and cut their petals, they laid them out around the middle and used the glue stick to glue them on. Some of the kids made a stem and leaves, but some were so tired from cutting they were done!

great art project for cutting skills and color recognition

I love the sweet & proud smile on this one. Melts my heart.

I am a huge proponent of open-ended art so this project was a little out of my comfort zone, but I also think it’s important to teach skills from time to time, and I loved how simple this was. Cutting, glueing and learning about the colors of the rainbow are all great lessons for four-year olds. And they were so excited to have a finished piece to show their mamas!

xo, Bar

 

Pop of Color: Minty


Pop of Color: Minty

I’m starting a new series today called… Pop of Color! I am a color enthusiast and am always torturing myself with what colors to choose. I love living vicariously through other people’s choices, though. It’s so much easier. Today’s color is minty! I put the “y” at the end because it can sometimes be a little bluer, like robin’s egg, or a little more turquoise. Whatever the shade, or weather the pop of minty is paint on the wall, an accent chair, a pillow or a painting, the fact remains that it is one of the best colors to use in your home because it makes everything feel BEACHY! And who doesn’t love beachy?

1. heavenly Maine barn // 2. painted hutch with gorgeous wallpaper // 3. minty paneled walls with pop of red bed // 4. the kitchen of happiness

minty

5. coolest tee-pee & moroccan pillows // 6. minimalist space with side table // 7. dreamy floor // 8. metal kitchen stools

minty

9. pillow & painting // 10. pillow, quilt & map all coordinate with red (my favorite combo) // 11. quilt & painting // 12. frameless painting on minty wall with wood accents

Well, this was fun! Hopefully you were inspired by something. Do you want to know my favorite? I want the quilt in No.11, the painting in No.9, and the barn in No.1. Dreaming…

xo, Bar

 

Cardboard Theatre


Cardboard Theatre

My fourteen-year-old daughter came home from her last day of 8th grade with this!! I mean….OMG!! I immediately took about a million photos of it, from all sorts of various angles. I was asking her a million questions, like how did she come up with this idea, how did she make it, did your art teacher just DIE?? Turns out, the assignment was to make something with cardboard. She came up with the idea all by herself (she wants to be an actress, so this was very personal art making), she made it by cutting cardboard and gluing it and painting it (duh), and she didn’t know if her teacher liked it because she never asked. Even more AWESOME!! A completely self motivated art experience with no expectations. Now that I’m done gushing, here are more photos of her masterpiece.

a  mini theatre made from cardboard

a  mini theatre made from cardboard

a  mini theatre made from cardboard

I love how she rolled the cardboard to make little stage lights. And I love the castle bricks, and the clouds…and how she outlined the castle with gold. I also think the seats are brilliant. How long did it take to cut out all of those little chairs? I honestly didn’t know she had this in her, she is not normally a detail oriented girl. But this is what I love most about motherhood…just when you think you know them completely, they surprise you with another layer of their growing self.

I love this theatre, and I love this girl. Thanks for letting me gush!

xo, Bar