Spirulina, a natural alternative to pain medication, helps to reduce painful arthritis through reducing inflammation.
Most artists working in the medium of oil paint, usually use turpentine as a brush cleaner. Vegetable oil is a cleaner, cheaper, safer and odor-free alternative. Not only is it safer for the environment, it is also good...
Learn the basic theory of glazing in oil paint
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This is a very easy and super-fun project that all children can succeed at. They are quick to make and take about a week to dry, depending on where you're located. Since they are not kiln-dried, they can be brittle and...
This is a lesson in mixing colors. Most children are aware that mixing two primary colors (Red, Blue and Yellow), yield secondary colors. Secondary colors are: GREEN, PURPLE and ORANGE. What they don't know, is how many...
Ages 6+ Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch painter whose work was considered Post - Impressionist. He is known for his vivid colors and emotional impact. Some of his most famous works are of sunflowers. (See example photo...
Ages 7+ This exercise is great to mix with a science lesson. I often talk about the discovery of the Galapagos Islands and how scientists would make field study drawings or botanical drawings of the nature they...
An efficient way to learn the basics of painting a self portrait.
Quickly learn the basics of painting drapery with a step-by-step painting exercise.
One of the basic concepts of color theory is complementary colors. These colors exist across from one another on a color wheel.
The Value Scale is the basis for all painting. This is an easy guide to get you started!
The difference between paint brushes
It hit me when I was working in NYC as a publicist. My hair started thinning and turning grey. I was in my early 20's and was feeling like I was in my 40's. By thinning, I don't mean bald spots, but my usual thick curly...
This project helps kids with the subjective realm of creativity and it is also a great exercise in sharing! This is a two part project, the first part is painting and the second part is collage. The first part:...
Contemporary musicians making music for kids that you'll love too!
A step-by-step for kids to learn how to make a mask inspired by Picasso!
Fun with Foreshortening!
This is a variation of finger painting for kids. And, because it has to do with bugs, the little one's love it! I've done this project several times with kids in class and it always turns out very cool. This...
Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954), was a painter from France, known for his beautiful lavish colors and playful patterns. He was originally known as a Fauvist painter, (see my Fauvist art project for kids), but also...
Henri Matisse, (1869-1954) was a French artist, often known for his bold use of color and original techniques. He was initially considered a Fauvist (See my article on How to make a Fauvist Painting) . Throughout his...
Helping cats with Feline Leukemia to live long, healthy lives.
Play with patterns, positive and negative space!
Kid's learn how to create vibrant landscapes, just like the Fauvist painters of the early 1900's.
I've been teaching oil painting classes for about six years now. Every student has their strengths, but one thing that most of them have in common is they get stumped when it comes to which colors to use. This is a...
An activity for kids to explore making their very own Klimt artwork!