Penguin Painting ~ Home Art Studio Project

We have been using Home Art Studio for a long time now.  You can see all of the projects I have blogged about here! Home Art Studio sent us curriculum to review years ago and has been a blog sponsor ever since.  We love working with them and sharing Home Art Studio with you!

Penguin Art with Home Art Studio

For our most recent project, I actually jumped up to our 3rd grade dvd and chose “Penguins On Ice” after looking at the instructions.  I thought she could handle it and she did!

I completely enjoyed this project with her, which is rare for me.  She is really embracing the idea that art is creative and that everyone’s outcome is different.  Her attitude was fabulous and she smiled a lot. It hasn’t always been this way so I celebrate!

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Her favorite part was learning the texturing technique taught by Ms. Volin in the video.  She thought this was so fun!

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She practiced drawing penguins, and then practiced painting them.  She really enjoyed perfecting the types of penguins she wanted on her final piece.  Finally, she decided she liked what she had done and got to work on the final project!

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She LOVED it, and so do I!  She kept saying, “make sure you tell the art teacher I’m only in 1st grade and I did the 3rd grade project!”  She cracks me up!

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Home Art Studio Information

Home Art Studio is an award winning DVD/ROM based art education program, taught by Lindsey Volin,  designed for homeschooling families. Every fun art project teaches students experience, but who want to ensure that their children receive a well-rounded arts education.

Here are some helpful direct links:



Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint Review and Giveaway

Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint

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I thought we had all of the art supplies we wanted to have.  Boy, was I wrong! When Kwik Stix contacted us to become a blog sponsor I didn’t expect to be so impressed with these paint sticks!  Impressed is definitely the word.  The full review is below, but in short – yes, you want these!  They are an awesome addition to your art area!

So, what are Kwik Stix?

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They are solid tempera paint sticks, in lipstick-like tubes.  They dry in 90 seconds or less – we have confirmed this many times!  My kids are simply amazed by this. They don’t need water, are very low-prep, low-mess, and high-fun!

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I was concerned that they would run out quickly but I think I was wrong.  I twisted the stick up so you could see how much is in the tube.  I think they will last awhile and be worth the cost!

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The reason I wasn’t expecting to be impressed…

I thought they would just feel like markers. I couldn’t imagine how they could actually feel and look like paint.  I was wrong! The smooth gliding feel is totally different than markers and they give a vibrant look of paint. I found myself painting with them along with my kids.  For some reason they are very soothing to use, they slide on the paper easily.

In action at our house…

Recently we used our Kwik Stix with our Christmas Ornament printables.

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The thick lines on these ornaments made them a great fit for the thicker Kwik Stix. Even my biggest boy couldn’t resist joining us for a relaxing art time!

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The finished ornament decorating our homeschool room!

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Final thoughts…

I definitely recommend adding these to your art supply stash.  I wish I had found these earlier, I think they would have been great for Tot School and Preschool.  You can get Kwik Stix here on Amazon!

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The Giveaway…

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One of you will win a Kwik Stix – 12 pk (Assorted Colors), the same pack we were sent to review!

Enter to win using Rafflecopter below.  Open to US addresses only.  Giveaway ends December 27, 2015.

 

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Frog Puppets with Free Frog Facts Printable

Frog Puppet Craft and Frog Facts Printable

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We have been studying frogs lately – my daughter’s choice. We have learned a ton and will be sharing a full post of all we used and learned very soon.  During our frog unit study we made some frog puppets which were all her idea!

She has these frogs and asked me if we could make a craft to look like them.  I quickly thought of the old frog paper bag craft and showed her a bit about how it could be done and then let her go with her ideas.  First, she painted each bag to look similar to her favorite frogs.

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After the bags dried, we worked together to give them arms, legs and a tongue.  I traced the arms and legs with her and we cut them out together  I showed her how to curl the tongue on one and she did the rest.

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She loved these puppets so much I decided to expand on her interest and throw in more learning fun.  I looked up each of the frogs she had chosen and created a simple info card for her to tape to the back of each bag.

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She was so excited to learn the real name of each frog and where it lives!

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For even more learning fun, we got out our big Little Passports map and found where each frog lives. 

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Her finished frog collection, which will probably stay displayed like this for awhile, she still loves them!

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Here’s the printable I made for her featuring her favorite 4 frogs.  I included a blank page in case you have different favorites that we didn’t include. 

Download the free frog facts printable here!

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Weaving with Home Art Studio and a Giveaway!

We have been using Home Art Studio for a long time now.  You can see all of the projects I have blogged about here! Home Art Studio sent us curriculum to review years ago and has been a blog sponsor ever since.  We love working with them and sharing Home Art Studio with you!

Home Art Studio 1st Grade Project ~ Weaving

Ladybug loved her next art project from the Home Art Studio 1st Grade DVD, weaving!  We watched the DVD lesson together and she got to work painting!

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On another day we watched part 2 of the lesson and did the weaving.  She tried to cut the paper on her own but ended up needing me to help. Love the tongue.

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She was thrilled with her final project!!

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For a look back, here’s our post from when my boys did this same project! As you can see below, she joined us on the painting day, but at age 3 the weaving part was a bit much for her!

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Home Art Studio Giveaway

Home Art Studio is an award winning DVD/ROM based art education program, taught by Lindsey Volin,  designed for homeschooling families. Every fun art project teaches students experience, but who want to ensure that their children receive a well-rounded arts education.

Here are some helpful direct links:

Home Art Studio Giveaway 3 DVDs Winner Choice ends 10.5.15

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Fall Leaves Many Ways ~ Fun Fall Leaf Art

Fun Fall Art ~ Fall leaves Many Ways

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We recently enjoyed an intense crafty session creating fall leaves using many different methods! I would have only attempted one of these per day when my children were younger, maybe even 1 per season!  Now that she is 6 and loves this {and is MUCH easier}, we tend to do more! Fall leaf art time was definitely FUN for us!

I gave her several options to create many different fall colored leaves and let her choose! We used her big blue MessMatz {we got on Zulily} and our colored plastic trays {from Oriental Trading}. I printed a variety of leaves from our Fall Leaves Coloring Pages, all on cardstock.

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Grab your free fall leaf printables here!

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Her first choice was glitter glue.  I got these at Target in the Dollar Spot last year, and pulled out the fall colors for her. My idea was for her to outline the leaves with the glitter glue, her idea was to use it more like paint and smear it around.

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Her next choice was my very favorite ~ shaving cream paint!

First, squirt some shaving cream on a tray, then drizzle paint on top as shown below.  Use a stick to swirl paint around gently.

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Lightly press your paper on top of the mixture and pat it. 

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Let the paper sit for about a minute and then use a squeegee to pull the shaving cream off to show the beautiful paint underneath!

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See our video peek inside of this project and how we did it, as well as the others in this post!

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We had loads of fun creating many different kinds of fall leaves, and then made calendar cards out of the small ones!! I would have never attempted this big of a crafty mess all at once when my kids were younger, but now it is totally doable! **BLOG POST with more photos & details ~ http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.net/2015/09/fall-leaves-many-ways-fun-fall-leaf-art/**See more VIDEOS on our YOUTUBE Channel ~ https://www.youtube.com/user/carisahh**SUBSCRIBE to our blog posts ~ http://mad.ly/signups/115694/join

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Next up was marble painting!  First, I challenged her to try to do it on this tray, which she could totally do but didn’t want to focus so much!

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In the past we have used a cardboard box, but this time we used a clear plastic box and washed it afterward.  Be sure to tape the paper down before you do this.Then add drops of paint and put a marble in.  It’s a fun game trying to get the marble into the paint and onto the paper!

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She got the leaf so paint-y, I couldn’t even see the lines so I just cut out a leaf shape!

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She loved sponge painting! We have small cut up sponges that we use for water play and painting. 

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She hasn’t done tissue paper art like this in a very long time!  The last time I remember doing it was here! Make a mixture of water and white glue {basically water down the glue a bit}.  Use a paint brush to brush the glue onto the paper and then lay colored pieces of tissue paper on top.  Paint over again to seal any loose edges.

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Finally, Q-Tip Art!  She really enjoyed this a lot!

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Here’s a video peek at how we made the shaving cream and tissue painted leaves!

 

 

We let all of her pieces dry overnight, some were really damp so they took awhile!

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We laminated them since we decided to make calendar cards with them!

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I used a dry erase marker to write on the leaves, so if she decides to use them for something else next year, we can!

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