Art and Creativity

Art is important for children especially during their early development. Research shows that art activities develop brain capacity in early childhood; in other words, art is good brain food! Art engages children’s senses in open-ended play and develops cognitive, social-emotional and multi-sensory skills. As children progress into elementary school and beyond, art continues to provide opportunities for brain development, mastery, self esteem and creativity.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Happy New Year!

Thanks for checking in and Happy New Year! Can you believe we are crossing the threshold of a new decade? I thought I'd open the new year with one of my favorite inspirational ideas, "There's no time like is the day." I love inspirational sayings and over the holidays I painted and gave away small gift canvases like the below. Who knew simple paints could look so sophisticated when combined with inspirational sayings?

If you like the textured effect produced on the canvas shown here, simply layer BioColor® and Colorations® Liquid Watercolor over collugated cardboard shapes. Begin by selecting a base of stiff cardboard, foam core board, or small canvas. Then cut out or tear corrugated cardboard shapes and mount with glue onto your base. Once glue is dry, begin painting with BioColor®, using large brushes and foam rollers. Be sure to include Metallic Gold BioColor®, it has a wonderful sheen. In this sample, I also sprayed on the Liquid Watercolor but you'll find your own combination of brushing, rolling and spraying paint that gives you your own personal sense of fun and discovery. As with all open ended art, there's no right or wrong way to apply the paint. And there's no day like today to begin!

We all enjoy making and receiving handmade gifts, and these were easy and inexpensive to create. Thank you for checking in for a little creative inspiration, and please come back soon!


At 10:56 PM, Blogger Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

Forgive me for contacting you this way but I was unable to find contact info for you.

I was wondering if you ever speak at conferences or hold break-out sessions. I'm part of a non-profit organization having a conference in Los Angeles in March for co-op nursery school teachers and parents. We would love to have you lend your expertise on art and creativity. Please contact me at carey at lifeinthecarpoollane dot com.

Thank you,

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