The Best of Art Bar 2016

Art Bar Blog top TEN posts of 2016 // art with children

This is my favorite part of the year, when I get to go back through all of my posts and analyze which ones did the best. It gets me so excited and geared up for the new year, because now I know what you want more of – colorful and simple ideas with few supplies, and ideas that transcend age!! It’s so cool.

I do have a confession to make, though. Even though I titled the main collage “Top Ten”, there are really sixteen!! It was too impossible for me not to include more.

Are you ready? Here we go, starting from the beginning of 2016…

kids use tissue paper and a spray bottle of water to create bleed paintings

1. Bleeding Crepe Paper Art // Using streamers and a spray bottle of water, the kids learn that water makes the color leak out and transfer to the paper.

the simplest technique for making the prettiest watercolor hearts

2. Watercolor Valentine Hearts // This simple technique makes for the most beautiful watercolor hearts.

Children use their feet to draw, opening their world to a different perspective

3. Drawing with Feet // Children use their feet to draw, opening their world to a different perspective.

Children learn about circles and squares as they make shape collages from tissue paper.

4. Shapes Collage // Children learn about circles and squares as they make shape collages from tissue paper.

Use leftover mismatched socks to make the cutest caterpillars! No sewing needed.

5. Sock Caterpillars // Use leftover mismatched socks to make the most darling caterpillars! No sewing needed.

Turn TP rolls and beads into the cutest animal marionettes!

6. Collage Animal Marionettes // Turn TP rolls and beads into the cutest marionettes!

Decorate paper plates with wash tape and seal with mod podge to make a little tray.

7. Washi Tape Plates // Decorate paper plates with washi tape and seal with mod podge to make a little tray.

Kids spend a whole week at art camp making all sorts of potions and messy play.

8. Potions Week at Art Camp // Kids spend a whole week at art camp making all sorts of potions and messy play.

Cardboard and paint is all you need to make these eclectic and delicious donuts.

9. Cardboard Donuts // Cardboard and paint is all you need to make these eclectic and delicious donuts.

Turn a paper plate into a party crown!

10. Paper Plate Party Hats // Turn a paper plate into a party hat with some inventive cutting and colorful collage.

Set up an invitation to draw with a basket of drawing prompts, some paper, coloring markers, and a big old tree! A wonderful community project.

11. The Drawing Tree // Set up an invitation to draw with a basket of drawing prompts, some paper, markers, and a big old tree.

Children learn about acrylic paints by just digging in and experimenting on fabric. Their paintings are then framed in an embroidery hoop. Inspired by artist Kindah Khalidy.

12. Acrylics with Kids // Children learn about acrylic paints by just digging in and experimenting on fabric.

After using this one trick, the kids paint vibrant and colorful pumpkins using temperas and collaging with tissue paper.

13. Painting Pumpkins with Kids // The kids paint vibrant and colorful pumpkins using temperas and tissue paper.

Kids use rollers and acrylic paint to make print from the bubble wrap tree

14. Bubble Wrap Tree // Kids use rollers and acrylic paint to make prints from the bubble wrap tree.

Children paint dried leaves and wrap twigs with yarn to make beautiful mobiles.

15. Painted Leaf Mobile // Children paint dried leaves and wrap twigs with yarn to make beautiful mobiles.

Children make patchwork houses from cardboard and fabric scraps.

16. Patchwork Cardboard Houses // Kids make patchwork houses from cardboard and fabric scraps.

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And that’s a wrap!! Hope you enjoyed this walk down memory lane. Can’t wait to show you what’s in store for 2017!

xo, Bar

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