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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.

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 @harmonyfineartsHarmony Fine Arts Grade 7 Watercolor Supplement

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

sculpey projects

 

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.

Annotated Mona Lisa – Book Review and Tips to Using

High school art appreciation can be a fantastic way to balance out the more academic courses required of our students. During my children’s high school years, we used The Annotated Mona Lisa as the spine resource for our art appreciation plans. This book is a nuts and bolts book that will take you through the entire course of art history with no frills. It’s the perfect jumping off spot if your teen gets interested in a certain aspect of art. I like that this book includes various topics other than just painting like sculpture, photography, video, and architecture.

annotated-lisa

How did we make the most of this book?

  1. We would read 2-5 pages a week according to the Harmony Fine Arts plans.
  2. The boys would take notes, make a sketch, or research something of interest according to the topic in the book.Annotated Mona Lisa and Harmony Fine Arts

Taking this slow approach, it would take four years to get through the book. It is possible to read through the book more quickly, but we preferred to take our time and really appreciate the material. Of course, we used other resources and did other activities to round out our study.

Harmony fine ARts notebook pages (1)

If you’re interested in learning more about the other parts of our art appreciation plan, see the information and link below.

High School Art – How To With Harmony Fine Arts

If you have to pick one easy to read resource, I would pick The Annotated Mona Lisa. Please note the link above is an affiliate link to Amazon to the book that I own, have used many times, and purchased myself.

Art copywork using great artists paintingHere’s a link to an entry I wrote that explains just how we completed art appreciation in our family during the high school years using Harmony Fine Arts: Homeschool Art Appreciation.

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