I'm bringing out one of our favorite crafts from art camp, the plushy pillow. It's a great one because more than anything, it gives you a chance to do 3 important things:
1. Put favorite old T-shirts to good use
After chalking the line, I had the kids make cuts every half-inch or so along each side. Don't let them separate the 2 pieces after cutting. I learned the hard way that it can be difficult for them to line it back up when it comes time to tie the strips.
Note: You can cut off and throw away the excess corner pieces.
Here are a couple of photos I want to share from this project at Camp Create. The kids learned so much sewing on the buttons in 2018. We had them pick their own colors of felt to mix and match with the different buttons. For camp, they sewed on little pockets as well.
1. Reschedule the camp for later in the summer (possibly July or August)
2. If complete cancellation is necessary, we will take our cue from the airlines and create a credit system where your paid art camp tuition from this summer will be applied forward to one of next summer’s art camp weeks.
At this time, we are still keeping our registration open, so feel free to register without paying (and pay right before camp starts) if you’d like to reserve your child’s spot without having the financial commitment. To do so, just fill in the registration form and hit, "continue", but do not proceed through the payment portion. Your registration and spot will be saved.
If you are signed up for the newsletter, we will let you know if any plans change. We sincerely hope that we will be able to enjoy the fun and creative activities we have planned with your children in June!
Let us know how the project goes by tagging us on Facebook or on Instagram at: #campcreateartcamp. You can find and follow it here.
Each week, we will have a small amount of homework. Students who want to can share their final or in-process pieces in our online forum. If not, you can always get feedback privately by emailing the images to me. This gives me the freedom to give solid, honest and direct feedback. It's like having your own private painting coach!
How will your online classes work?
What I'm most excited about is that I'm creating an online forum to help us stay connected with one another, get feedback as we work through the painting, and hold each other accountable. Hopefully, this will keep us actually getting our paints wet each week ! ; )
I use my talented, artful assistant, Holli, and my daughter, Mia, weekly (and sometimes daily) to get feedback on current projects. It is invaluable to have other eyes on our work!
What will you cover next?
We will discuss the following:
- Arranging your objects
- Composition of your painting
- Basic perspective
- What to put in the background
- Highlights on hard and soft surfaces
- Painting glass and refracted light
- How to paint different lighting scenarios
(windows, light bulbs, sunlight)
- Creating visual balance
- Fun classes on water-coloring florals and food.
What if I don't know watercolors?
What's the cost?
Still not sure?
*Note: The free class includes videos of me teaching, but does not include videos of me actually painting. Future classes will have both.
If you have friends that you'd like to connect with by sharing an online painting class, copy, paste and send them this link to register: http://www.caryndahm.com/classregistration.html
A new window should open up.
Have fun spreading the joy to those you love and making the best of a tough situation!
I'm embracing these words of wisdom today. Hope you can spend time creating with your kids, taking a hot bath, cooking a healthy meal, getting outside, drinking hot tea, gardening, walking dogs, reading good books, resting and SIMPLY breathing and being.
What inspirational verses, words or thoughts are you focussing on today?
Today's craft is one that is simple and happily it's time consuming for the kids. What I love about this art piece is that you can have the children create the project to be in the colors of their room or perhaps even your kitchen color palette. These frame up nicely once completely dried!
- Watercolor paper or white card stock
- Paint set (watercolors)
- kid's scissors
- glue stick
- Modge-Podge or Elmer's glue for a clear top coat
- The first step is to create all kinds of textures using watercolor paint on the paper. The kids can have fun splattering, cross-hatching lines, and mixing the colors.
- Try sprinkling coarse sea salt into the wet paint to let some funky textures form.
- Set it aside to dry (perhaps this is a good time for a snack)
- Once dry, brush off the salt and let the child cut up the watercolor paper into triangular chunks for the mosaic.
- Glue the triangles on to white or black card stock using the glue stick. Try fitting them together like a puzzle or cutting the pieces to fit as they go. Hint: This is the time consuming part of the project : )
- Go over the collage using Modge Podge or watered down school glue to keep the pieces glued down nicely.
FYI: Miss Holli and I are currently planning this summer's Camp Create projects. If you want to sign your child up, you can reserve your spot now and then make the payment a week before camp starts.
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