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Watercolor Painting Collage Activity – Archive Post

I found this awesome activity from 2010 sitting in my archives, just begging to see the light of day again. So here it comes to your email box this morning as a reminder to pull out your watercolors and have a little fun creating a beautiful painting for your wall.

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Here’s a link to the original activity and instructions: Watercolor Painting Collage.

Prang Semi Moist Watercolor set of 16 classic colors

If you really get into water coloring this week, you may wish to take a look at this one too:

Paul Klee Fish – Watercolor and Crayon activity

In addition, I wanted to share a free watercolor lesson plan set. I created it to go along with my Harmony Fine Arts Grade 7 plans that you can use as a stand-alone watercolor course.

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 7 @harmonyfinearts

Prang Semi Moist Watercolors review @harmonyfinearts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sculpey Summer Fun – Archive Post

I was going through my summer art archive posts and stumbled upon one of my favorite summer art activities for children.

Sculpey!

Sculpey Projects

This clay is not like your typical clay that dries out if you don’t use it all right away. It’s flexible and easy to form into lots of fun projects like beads, animals, and pots. It remains pliable until you bake it. Our family has created many things with Sculpey and I wanted to introduce you to or remind you about this product.

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Here’s the link to my original post about Sculpey: Sculpey Projects – Great Summer Fun.

If you’re looking for a book to use along with your Sculpey, I just found a good one at our public library: Clay Lab for Kids by Cassie Stephens. This book has a section on using polymer clay and shares some fun and even practical projects you can create. I have added a link at the bottom of this post.

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 7 Sample Collage

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 7 plans include a unit on using polymer clay. The book I suggest as the resource for those projects is called Polymer Clay by Irene Dean.

However you decide to use Sculpey this summer, I know you’re going to enjoy some creative time with your children.

 

Please note these are Amazon affiliate links to products I have used and love.

Drawing With Children Markers and Free Lesson Plans!

Drawing with Children – Marker Preferences and Free Lesson Plans!

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I receive many questions about my preferences for art supplies: Which brand? What size set? Where to buy them for an affordable price?

Many times these questions are asking me about my suggestions for markers to use with the learn to draw book, Drawing With Children by Mona Brookes.

Please note this entry includes Amazon.com affiliate links to products I use and highly recommend!

My short answer is that if you can afford to purchase a set of Prismacolor double-ended markers you won’t be disappointed.

Prismacolor markers are expensive but this is one area where the up-front cost is worth it. You will buy these once. The tips on these markers are great and with the double-ended design you can pick a thick or a thin line to start with. One warning about these markers: They will bleed through most paper so you want to make sure you have a scratch piece of paper under your artwork.

PrismaColor Markers

Note: You will need to train your children to put the caps back onto these markers securely or they will dry out rather fast. You will need to be vigilant about checking the caps when you put them away after your art lesson.

I’m giving you a link to a rather large set but you can purchase smaller sets at your local art supply store. I buy my Prismacolor markers at Michael’s and you can purchase individual colors as you need to replace markers from the set.

I also have one son who actually prefers to use Crayola markers for his artwork. I’ve given you links to the two sets we use the most in our house. These are a great marker and I actually still use these in my own drawing and art projects.

Crayola Super Tips Markers

 

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Are you interested in using the Drawing With Children book alongside your nature journaling? I have created a complete series of lesson plans to go along with this book that you can download for free! You will need to click over to the first lesson and scroll down for the download.

Drawing With Children – Nature Journal Style  Lesson Plans

 

 

 

 

Cover Grade 4

Please note that Drawing With Children is part of the Harmony Fine Arts Grade 4 Curriculum. You can click over to read more about this art and music appreciation plan here:

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 4 – Explanation

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 4 – Sample

The plans in Harmony Fine Arts Grade 4 relate the lessons to a study of great art and artists. Please see page 9 in the sample linked above to get an idea how I do this in the plans.

 

 

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You may wish to read more about my various suggestions for art supplies on my Hub Page: Art Supplies for Kids.

 

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