Art at Home: Build a Buddy -Robots using Recycled Items!

Ages 3+ Artist: Mike Rivamonte, “Roosevelt” Rivamonte uses antiques and “rare objects” to create many of his amazing sculptures. "Roosevelt," by Rivamonte What you'll need: Recyclables: cans, boxes, jugs, anything you've got!Cardboard boxes (small or large)Paper towel tubesToilet Paper tubesTape (lots of pieces!!): masking tape is ideal but duct tape...

Art at Home: Toothpick Geodomes

Ages 4+ (A great team activity that can be fun for all ages!) What you'll need: Toothpicks (tons!)Marshmallows or any gumdrop type of candy Create Your 3D Geodome:  Which 3D shape will you create? A classic geodome or maybe a cube? A pyramid?Start by arranging your base shape so that...

Art at Home: Bubble Printing

Ages 2+ What you'll need: Dish SoapStrawsColor-adding medium: food coloring (careful of stains) or watercolor is bestMultiple pieces of paper Small/medium sized bowl or tupperware containerSpoon/other mixing tool  Create Your Colorful Soap Mix: Pour water into your bowl: about ½ cup Squeeze in dime size amount of dish soap Add color medium: about...

Art at Home: Calder-Inspired Found Material Mobiles!

Ages 4+ (toddlers may have trouble with the cutting parts) Alexander Calder was a sculptor who has very strong roots in Philadelphia! If you’ve ever been to the Philadelphia Museum of Art you may have seen one of his large mobiles hanging there. What you'll need: A hangerPipe cleaners (if...

Art at Home: Play with Paper- Quilling Fun!

Ages 4+ What you'll need: Paper: any kind, any color -- as long as it’s easy to cut! ScissorsRulerPen/PencilGlue or tapeAny kind of container: cardboard box, tupperware, etc Create Paper Strips: Use a ruler and pencil to draw straight lines about 1”-2” apart across your whole paperCut paper along lines to...

Art at Home: Giacometti-Inspired Foil Sculptures

Ages 5+ (toddlers can try the foil sculpting - working those hand muscles to twist, pinch & build!) Let out your inner artist with materials you can find right in your home! What you'll need: tin foil pieces (about 8" x 12")paperdrawing tools - pencils, pens, markers, crayons How to...

Art Project at Home: Coffee or Tea Dyed Paper Collage!

Let out your inner artist with materials you can find right in your home! What you'll need: strong coffee or teapaper towels, qtips, cotton ballspaperdrawing tools - pencils, pens, markers, crayonsscissorsglue or tapeold magazines or flyers, optional For Dyed Background Paper:1. Prepare an overly strong pot of coffee (nice and...

Is My Child A Good Artist?

As art educators, we often get asked by parents and caregivers to comment on the artistic capability of their child. Time and time again, we hear questions like, ‘how are my child’s drawings compared to the other kids’? ‘Why won’t my child draw more realistically?’ ‘Is my child a good...

The Importance of Process Driven Art for Children

At the Philly Art Center we talk a lot about process driven art. What this means is that we believe there are no right or wrong answers in art, but that the experience of creative engagement is first and foremost. We believe children have a natural curiosity and drive to...

At-home Art Project: Paper Marbling Prints

This is a super fun process-driven art project that can definitely be disguised as a learning activity. It’s an opportunity to talk about the relationship between water and oil (hint: they are not friends), color mixing, counting (for the little ones), and abstract imagery. There’s so much room for experimenting and each outcome is...

Tweens and Art: Transformative Talents!

They’re not little ones. They’re not teens. Kids from about nine years old to the edge of their freshman year of high school find themselves “in between”. They’ve got the exuberance of childhood still bubbling, and over that comes the new found smarts and dawning ability, the feeling that they...