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Re-useum :: Backyard Art Camp Party

Re-useum :: Recycled art Fun for Kids

Oh my goodness, guys.  I have been waiting all week to share this with you and I’m just giddy with excitement.  Last Saturday morning we invited a few friends over and along with loads of cardboard and art supplies we turned our yard into a creation frenzy. It was our Re-useum party (Jane held her amazing reuseum party earlier to kickoff backyard art camp).  Here are the kids before we started.  Look at those cute faces!! (more…)

Backyard Art Camp :: Child-Led Art with Recycled Materials

Nurturing Creativity with Child-Led Art Projects

I am positively thrilled to announce the return of Backyard Art Camp!  Remember Backyard Art Camp from two years ago? The inimitable Jane from Buzzmills and I gathered together a group of bloggers who each created art projects for kids centering around famous artists.  It was SO MUCH FUN! And, we’ve been meaning to do it again.  As the dog days of summer approached we talked about it a little here and a little there. Finally Jane’s brilliant daughter came up with the idea of a Re-useum…that is an art gallery with art made of recycled materials! Genius!  So, in a kind of last minute, thrown-together way….I am happy to present Backyard Art Camp 2015, the Re-useum.  Along with Tara from Girl Like The Sea, Jane and I are spending this week showing off our projects, philosophies and all things recycled art projects for kids.  Be sure to check out Jane’s post from yesterday so you can bask in pure delight…she invited the whole neighborhood over and created a full-on recycled art gallery (a real RE-useum!)

Today, I’m talking about nurturing creativity with child-led art projects.  I feel a little bit silly discussing this, to be honest. I mean, it’s not like I am some expert on this stuff. (more…)

backyard ART camp :: 12 breathtaking artist-inspired projects {and one beautiful giveaway!}

our little family is back from vacation in the woods and I can’t wait to share all about it but first it’s time for the wrap-up of backyard ART camp.  I can hardly beleive it is over!

it has been a spectacular six weeks!  Jane and I are so excited at the incredible collection of artist-inspired projects that have amassed through this collaboration.  so many amazing bloggers came together and generously handed over some of the best artist-inpired projects for kids that I have seen in one place! BAC roundup collage

from top left to bottom right:  found object art with me;  pointillism  with Jane ;  Christo-inspired fabric scrap project with crafting connections;  kiddie kandinsky with my life at playtime ; rousseau-inspired wall installation with the crafty kitty ;  collage art with  Miranda Makes ;  rock sculptures with simple things notebook ;  river rock drawing nne  with  Gypsy Forest ; Gaudi-inspired mosaics with Mon Petit Lyons;  Jackson Pollack-inspired art with  small + friendly;  Rothko-inspired fabric project with feathered nest studio; and Charley Harper birds with tara from girl like the sea

we covered some serious ground, didn’t we?  one of my favorite things about this collection of positively one-of-a-kind projects is that they span such a wide range.  some take little more than one hour and involve a simple rock hunt in the backyard while others take days of preparation and planning.   and yet each one provides a beautiful platform for an open-ended artistic experience for a wee one.  and, if I do say so myself, it seems like quite a few moms have a pretty good time of it, too.  making art is a pretty universal good time and as so many of the projects have illustrated, it’s also such a good way to connect with our kids.

when Jane and I started backyard ART camp we went into it with a shared desire to bring the joy of art and making to our kids but also to, you know, fill up the hours and hours of summertime that suddenly appear when the school bell rings at the end of the year.  and, in a flash that school bell is starting to ring in the start of a whole new year.  it’s hard to believe that summer is over and the school year is gearing up again (I know it’s started for many but we don’t get going until next mondays).  but the art and making doesn’t have to end!  be sure to check out our Pinterest board where we have gathered all the projects and inspiration to save any projects for any other day that needs a boost of inspiration.

and, on top of that,  we are giving away one of my absolute favorite books on kid art…The ART treasury by Rosie Dickins.  every project in this book includes a mini-biography of an artist and an easy but beautiful way for kids to emulate their style.  we’ve used it many times in our house and it’s a spectacular way to introduce artists as well as creativity to kids.

the art treasury book giveaway for Backyard ART Camp

to win the book, leave a comment below or on Jane’s blog telling us YOUR thoughts on backyard ART camp or suggestions for next year’s backyard ART camp.  what would you change? what would you add? what did you like?  for an additional chance to win like either my Facebook page or Jane’s and leave a comment here telling us you did that.  you can even enter a third time if you subscribe by email to our blogs, just be sure to leave a comment telling us you did!  if you already do those things, let us know and we will add you to the pool!

hey, but wait…there’s one more way to enter!   and, this is the most fun way…link up YOUR Backyard ART Camp projects and leave a comment letting us know what you made.  we can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to!

okay, so that’s four ways to enter to win.  the linky and giveaway will be open from now until next monday, September 9 midnight EST.

good luck and happy art making!

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backyard ART camp :: rothko-insired art from feathered nest studio

BAC button 2-1welcome to our final week of Backyard ART Camp.  yes, you read that correctly, the last week, it’s a little sad isn’t i?.  there are only two more projects to go!

Jane and I hope that you have been enjoying these creative weeks of summer as much as we have.  the boys and I are on vacation right now (gotta love my team of robots for posting this for me.  good work robots!).   I did, however, pack us a hug bag of supplies so we could undertake as many Backyard ART Camp projects as possible.  I can’t wait to share our results with you!

are you making too?  do share with us, we want to see! use the hashtag
#backyardartcamp if you share anywhere other than flickr. Be sure to follow our Pinterest board where we are gathering all the projects in one place.

but now, let’s get to today’s project…Mark Rothko inspired fabric art from Jennet, of Feathered Nest Studio.
Rothko Inspired Fabric Art

doesn’t it look stunning!?  Jennet is one of those people that is always inspiring; she makes me want to do more crafting with the kids, to focus, to make and to share.  she has a great big heart.

she shares so many beautiful and simple craft and art projects to do with kids on her blog.
Kid crafting with feathered nest studiossuch as her watercolor bird mobiles, stained glass paper birds, watercolor painted wooden birds, and upcycled cardboard kitties.

recently, Jennet started her own art series on her blog, Art School, in which she
showcases different art projects, mediums, and techniques.  she’s already done several beautiful projects and I am sure there will be many more to come.

Aside from kid creating she is also does beautiful embroidery and has some of her works on display in her own art show.
Embroidery by feathered nestJennet, is a graphic designer, with her own spoonflower designs, and an etsy shop where she sells super cute stuffies.  you are sure to swoon over all of it.

thank you so much Jennet for joining us today.  head on over to see her Rothko art project, it’s a beautiful project filled with a variety of fun steps for children to learn, explore and create.

want to see what everyone has been making so far this summer?  it’s quite an inspired list:

be sure to check in on wednesday for our final installment of Backyard ART Camp projects with tara from girl like the sea.

happy making!

backyard art camp :: yummy dessert art from sanae

backyard art camp 2013

we have a scrumptious way to finish up week six of backyard art camp….dessert art inspired by the artist Wayne Theibaud!  coming to us fresh from the wonderful Sanae Ishida.  If you are like me, Theibaud might not be a familiar name but his artwork most likely is.  he is the artist that draws gum ball machines and delectable sweets.  perfect for introducing kids to art, right?  Sanae’s backyard art camp involves making fruit pizzas and then asking her daughter to draw them.  be sure to check it out (and set aside some time to explore her lovely blog while you are at it.  you won’t regret it.) BAC-Thiebaud1

leave it to Sanae to come up with something so perfect, too.  Sanae is seemingly capable of sewing anything and makes the most amazing clothing for herself and her daughter. her blog is a visual feast in the most tasteful and sophisticated way possible.   more than likely, you are already familiar with Sanae and her seamstress talents.  if not, well then, you’re welcome.   if you followed the summer Kids Clothes Week you might have stumbled upon the fantastic collaboration Sanae did with her daughter…her daughter sketched out what she wanted and Sanae created it!  now that is one superstar sewing mama!

lechat1 of course, she doesn’t just sew clothing.  Sanae is interested in all manner of crafts and creativity in many forms.  plus, her tidbits of conversation shared with her daughter are hilarious.


Jane and I are so excited to have Sanae’s project join backyard ART camp! dessert art.  suites me just fine!

hard to believe we have already covered so much ground, isn’t it?  nothing has made me happier than seeing all of these extraordinary projects come together.    are you just finding us?  here is a list of every project so far:

know what is even more amazing than that? there is still more to come from these fantastic bloggers. (yes, indeed, there is more!):

have you been creating with your kids too?  don’t forget to share with us,
we love to see what you’ve been making! use the hashtag #backyardartcamp if you share elsewhere, too. be sure to follow our Pinterest board where we are gathering all the projects in one place. happy art making!

backyard ART camp :: pollack-inspired art project from small + friendly

welcome today to week SIX of Backyard ART Camp!
BAC button 2-1what an amazingly creative summer it has been so far!  right?  each week Jane and I are so impressed by the beauty of each blogger’s Backyard ART Camp projects and feel more and more inspired.

to kickoff week six, we welcome the lovely and amazing Carla of  small + friendly.  Carla is sharing a very fun (and a little bit messy) Jackson Pollack inspired project that I am sure your kids are going to love to try.  and, you won’t mind the mess either! promise. check it out over here.

Backyard art inspired by Jackson Pollock

Carla is one of those bubbly and effervescent personalities that is always wonderful to stumble upon in the world of blogs.  she is a self described modern homemaker, and indeed lives up to the title.  She sews up super stylish duds for her little boy…

6a0133ec490e97970b01901bab599a970b-800wishe knows how to knit, which is something that makes me and Jane both super jealous!  she’s got so many cute, clever and creative tutorials on her blog including super adorable chick lacing cards (with pics of her own baby chicks!) and a no sew crayon wrap
Carla tutorials

speaking of chicks…this past spring she released her first pattern!  called ball buddies, they come as either a bunny or a chick and are so cute!  when she’s not sewing you can find her in the kitchen whipping up some yummy food, like homemade bread or likely, with the late summer season, a few zucchini recipes!

Carla is also a genius at transforming kid friendly art projects featuring her sons artwork into stunning gifts to give. these include heart mother’s day cardstoddler art dishware, and toddler art tees.  amazing, aren’t they?  be sure to peek in on the fantastic crafting space she created for her son Jude, it’s no wonder all of the fun stuff that he has created!
Carla art collage

we are thrilled to have Carla share her Backyard ART Camp project with us today, stop by to check it out!

have you been creating with your kids too?  don’t forget to share with us,
we love to see what you’ve been making! use the hashtag #backyardartcamp if you share elsewhere, too. be sure to follow our Pinterest board where we are gathering all the projects in one place.

want to see what everyone has been making so far this summer? it’s quite a delightful list:

stay tuned!  still to come are projects from these fantastic bloggers. (yes, indeed, there is still more summer left!):

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