Hands On Crafts for Kids: The Artist in You!

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Today's show is all about texture – texture is the feel or shape of a surface or thing. It's the smoothness or roughness, or maybe how soft or hard. We will learn about texture with a Paleolithic cave painting, a fun pony corral, and a friendly but prickly hedgehog. Learn how to add texture to your drawings with ordinary things from around the house in the Art Journal segment. Last, make a furry friend with giant chenille stems.
A line is an infinitely extending one-dimensional figure; one that has length but not width or thickness. In art lines are the basis that give form to a piece of art. They can be straight or curved, thick or thin, and raised or flat. Projects featuring lines: a modern art canvas with paint and masking tape; lines become three dimensional as we make a playhouse for dolls or action figures; continue with your art journal and use brightly colored pens and a special tool to make spirograph line drawings. Finally make an unbreakable stained glass plaque with foil.
Imagine a world all in black and white – it would be pretty boring. Today we're going to look at some ways to use color. The first project is an art supply holder. Brightly colored cord is knotted together to form the hanger. Batik a monster tank top using a color resist technique. Today's art journal page is an experiment on color mixing to create funky printed leaves. The color wheel is the primer for how to mix color but it creates a beautiful work of art when you add glitter for our last project.
Today's show is all about perspective or how we see objects in space. Perspective is the technique of representing three dimensional objects on a two dimensional space – like drawing a house on a flat piece of paper. It's all a point of view from which we categorize or measure - like a tree that gets smaller and smaller as we walk away from it. Our first example is an optical treasure box with geometric patterns. Next, build your own kaleidoscope. Add to your art journal - how perspective makes buildings and other city scenes more realistic. Finally, make a lightweight ball with streamers and watch it fly through the air and learn about perspective.
Patterns are a design, motif or decoration, formed from regular repeated elements. They can also be naturally-occurring or a random arrangement of shapes, colors which have a regular or decorative effect. Patterns can be stripes, or lines, or alternating colors. The first project has a striped pattern of knots tied with plastic lacing. Next, make felt cookies with a polka dot pattern. Then add a chevron pattern to your art journal. Last, create a folding play mat with landscape patterns of a city scene around a lake.
Today's theme is symmetry - something is exactly the same on both sides of a dividing line or center. It can also refer to a balanced arrangement of the parts of a whole. The first project is a mixed media collage that features symmetrical feather shapes. Next, build and decorate a sandcastle. Create jeweled crowns that are exactly the same on both sides. Then, make mirror images on facing pages in your art journal. Last, Make a survivor belt with special findings featuring a symmetrical design.
The definition of a shadow is a dark image projected onto a surface when light is blocked by the shade of an object. It's what gives your project dimension. First, make silhouettes of your friends. Then, create shadows all around the room with a birthday mobile. Today's art journal technique is an introduction to shading using three dimensional shapes. We finish with a shadow puppet theater.
We're exploring shapes today. Shape is what gives an object its form – they can be geometric like squares or triangles – or a shape can be anamorphic or free form. We begin with a Japanese printing technique called gyotaka to make fish shaped prints. Then, we're making a homemade hula hoop. The next page of our art journal is using the shape of your fingerprint to create faces to express your mood. Finally, mix and match shapes to create monster cubes.
Today we take a very personal approach using our names and monograms. Our first projects are monogram ornaments made from air dry clay. Then make initial letter necklaces for you and your friends. Today's art journal technique is lettering - learn some tips for simple calligraphy. Finally make an initial bulletin board covered with initials and doodle art.
We create some new locations for creative play as we change the setting around us. We start out with a tree that reflects the changing seasons. Then, we'll make a play tent for imaginary adventures. The next page of our art journal is a surreal collage from magazine cutouts. Last, we create a portable playscape of the forest.
One of the keys of impressionism is the blending together of images. The definition of this movement in art is characterized by visible brush strokes, ordinary subject matters, and an emphasis on light and its changing qualities. The first project is an impressionistic landscape using oil pastels and black mat board. Then we're using dye in spray bottles to make colorful geometric designs. Learn about color blending using special tools to create interesting effects in your art journal. And finally, blend colored glue to create a piece of art.
Today's word of the day is distortion. This is when we take one aspect of something and change it or make it different - usually not the normal way we might look at something. Our first examples are abstract portraits using magazines. Then, create a fun house mirror using tiles. Our art journal technique uses plastic wrap with water colors to create unusual distorted backgrounds. Last, use reverse shape cutouts to make unique art works.
People come in all shapes and sizes. The first project uses papier mache and garden gloves to create cowboy and girl puppets. Next, decorate your own flip flops. Draw faces in your art journal without even lifting your pencil off the page. And finally, create clothespin action figures of all kinds from ninjas – to fairies.
13 Lessons
5  hrs 30  mins

Join us this season as we celebrate the artist in you! Along with all of our great craft projects we’re also adding art and design techniques. Candie Cooper and Katie Hacker will co-host. Candie concentrates on art techniques and Katie, a mom and home schooler, will feature craft ideas. Learn about the artistic concepts of texture, perspective and lines – and make really fun projects.

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