Since I don't want to disappoint you by having nothing to say over here, I thought I'd do a quick post to share with you one of my absolute favorite resources on the web for art projects, Kathy Barbro's Art Projects for Kids. I used her ideas quite a bit for inspiration in my Montessori classroom, and I've also used them for ideas to do with the boys here at home. Tonight I've spent quite a while browsing her site and pinning ideas (LOVE LOVE LOVE Pinterest) to use with the boys during our upcoming school year. I think if you click THIS LINK it will take you to my Pinterest page where you can view all my boards. I'd love it if you'd leave me a comment to let me know if this link worked and you could view them. I am really new to Pinterest.
In addition, LG made a project from her site today that he is going to enter in the open class of our county fair next week. Last year my oldest son (SC) exhibited a project he'd made using an idea from her site as well. I'm including a photo of LG's project because I think it turned out great. I love how innovative, yet simple Kathy's projects are. Additionally, since I'm not a trained art teacher, I appreciate her descriptions of how to set up the projects so children can be successful. SC, my oldest son, gets a bit frustrated when trying to draw, but I think his confidence will increase if we try some of Kathy's projects and use her suggestions. And you know what else? After pinning a bunch of her ideas on Pinterest, I have a strong urge to start my own art journal and try out her projects. In fact, I think I'll do just that. It's going to be awesome to be a homeschooler!!
OK, here's LG's Starry City Night:
I love how this turned out. It's a bit hard to tell, but in the middle "building", he drew a balcony with a person on it. And in front of that building he drew a motorcycle. So even though this was kind of a "canned" art project, he put his own details into it and it is truly a unique creation. I want to get it matted with a thick white mat and frame it with a wide black frame. And I want it to hang on my wall forever!! :-)
One more thing (and for some reason I can't get Blogger to format any of the text after the picture with left margin alignment.........driving me batty!)......I think that grandparents would LOVE receiving any of the projects on Kathy's site as a gift. I already have a few in mind for my boys to make as Christmas gifts. It's never too early to start planning for that, right?