Posts Tagged ‘family art project’

Family Artist Profile

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Family with art journal kits

This week, we interviewed a whole family of amazing artists.  Heidi, Adrian, Isaiah, Kimana and Declan are friends of Artterro and they also modeled in our recent photo shoot.  They are Madison-based homeschoolers with a cat named Topaz, and we chatted together about family art projects, kittens and creativity.

Art Journal

Declan’s Favorite Things

Color: red

Food: cheese

Animal: kittens

Thing to do: chemistry projects, like mixing things up  (His mom Heidi notes: “Declan once made barbecue sauce by accident. And it was good!)

What is your favorite kind of art project?

I like marble art.  And the image projector (Heidi explained: “This was a project where we drew an image and used a plastic film to create a reflection that seemed to float in the air.”

Kimana’s Favorite Things

Color: blue

Food: pizza

School Subject: math

Outside activity: soccer

Animal: kitten

What is your favorite kind of art project?

Drawing.

What supplies do you like to use?

Pencils and colored pencils.

How do you decide what to draw?

I’m not sure.  My imagination.  I like to draw abstract shapes and designs.

Have you always liked art?

Yes!

Has your style changed a lot over time?

When I was little I only drew circles and people.  I learned how to draw other things by looking at other people’s drawings.

What kind of art technique would you like to try in the future?

Painting.

What’s your favorite Artterro Kit?

Bookmaking.

Mailbox made from an Artterro box

Kimana's mailbox made from an Artterro box

Isaiah’s Interview

What is your favorite kind of art project to work on?

I like graffiti-style art.

What supplies do you like to use?

I have these paint markers that are pretty cool.

Have you always liked art?

Yes, pretty much.  (Heidi: “He’s been drawing since he was 2)  Yeah, I started scribbling when I was two.  I used to draw lots of whales and sharks.

What’s your favorite Artterro Kit?

The Art Journal Kit.

Heidi’s Interview

What kind of art do you enjoy?

Currently I’m really into mixed-media.  I use a mixture of pen, colored pencil, paper, beads, etc.  Artterro kits actually kind of helped me get into that, because I had all these extra materials from your kits, so I decided to put them together.

What do you like about mixed-media art?

I like that you can add layer after layer with whatever you want, and just keep working on it until you decide it’s done.

Are there any art techniques you’re interested in learning in the future?

We’ve been dabbling with needle felting, and I’d really like to learn more about it.

Art art material caddy made from an Artterro box

Art material caddy made by Heidi with an Artterro box

Thank you Heidi, Isaiah, Kimana and Declan!  You inspire all of us here at Artterro with your creativity and passion for art!

Make Art Happen! Setting Up a Family Art Station

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

One of our goals for this blog is to help you incorporate arts and crafts into your family’s daily rhythm, no matter how short on time, space and experience you may be.  It really can be easy!  You don’t need a gorgeous family art studio right out of Dwell Magazine, or a walk-in closet full of high-end materials.  Just a couple of shelves or drawers, a place to sit, and a few essential, affordable supplies.  Here are some simple steps to get started:

1. Stocking Up on Art Supplies for Kids

Kids really don’t need fancy art materials when they are first learning to draw, color, and create, but they do need sturdy, quality tools that work well.  Here’s a shopping list to use as a guide.

  • plain paper
  • construction paper
  • plain journals or mixed media paper pads
  • glue sticks or white paper glue
  • coloring tools (crayons for younger kids, colored pencils and markers for older kids)
  • kids scissors (with rounded edge) for younger kids and quality scissors for older kids (make sure they are the right size)
  • storage container for paper and tools
  • recycled materials from around the house (magazines, newspaper, empty plastic containers, ribbons, wrapping paper, etc.)

2. Family Art Supply Storage

Set up a small family art station at or near a large table or in the kitchen (we find that most kids like to be near adults or other family members when they create).  This could be a freestanding cabinet, some shelves in your pantry, or a desk or end table with a drawer or two.  Here’s Forrest’s art cabinet, which is fairly large because it includes homeschooling materials as well.  Note the baskets, magazine holders and cups– feel free to be creative when you look for containers.  And don’t worry too much about being perfectly organized.  They’re art supplies, not library books!

Art supply cabinet organization

3. Make Art Happen!

Have the station where your child can easily reach it, and teach him or her how to get materials and how to put stuff away. Young kids love being independent, and it’s great to build on that skill at an early age. Drawing can be a fun and relaxing thing for kids to do in the evening when they are waiting for dinner. It’s also a great time to spend together at the end of a long day. And any time you can sit down and do a family art project with an older child or tween, it’s such a great opportunity to talk.

Let us know if you have questions about what to buy or how to organize your family art station!

More resources:

Check out all the recycled containers utilized in this organized art cabinet, from The Art of Simple blog.

Last year on the blog we talked about the convenience of having a mobile art station (for kids or adults).

A fun selection of supplies to jazz up your stock of basic essentials, on the Design Mom blog.