Posts Tagged ‘Art Projects’

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Family Sketchbook Project

{family sketchbook project}
One sketch a week from any family member who’d like to take part.
Just fun. No pressure.

This week I’m sharing A book Chase wrote last week. We haven’t had much time for doodling over the past week because we spent so much of it on the road. But this book really caught my attention. At this time last year I was still wondering if she would ever be interested in writing! This little book has it all, a title, an author and illustrator, a beginning, middle and end, some naughty deeds and a little math thrown in for good measure. Without further ado, The Zombies by Chase

zombies come to town


One night two zombies came into town. They were very scary. (I LOVE the lamp post and all the attention that she gave to the buildings’ many windows.)

zombies left and rightOne went to the left and one went to the right. One was noisy and one was quiet. (I love the way she shows them going off in their respective directions and tries to show changes in their spatial relationship by pushing the buildings off the page.)

zombie beach

One went to the beach and pushed down all the trees on the beach. (Mischief!)

zombies forest


And one went to the forest and met another zombie. (Mayhem!)


And that nite when they went home they had a party. (Math and cake!)

She was super excited about the finished product which she taped together. Today she drew a little fish. When I asked her how she did it she told me that she used the zombie stencil to trace half a zombie. Apparently there isn’t only one way to use a zombie stencil.

half zmobie fishDon’t forget to pop in to see what Miranda’s family has been working on.



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Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

{Family Sketchbook Project}

DSC_0068My girl Miranda had this terrific idea. Chase is the big doodler at our house but, who knows, maybe I’ll be inspired to pick up a pencil. I’m looking forward to featuring her work here on Wednesdays and watching her work progress and grow. Will you watch with me? Or maybe you have a doodler at your house too. Maybe it’s you.

Right now, Chase is into “teaching” Avery. This often involves making her coloring pages or worksheets to do. Usually, Avery couldn’t care less but recently she took time to work on something that her sister made for her. It’s a collaborative piece and so I’m using it to kick off our {Family Sketchbook Project}. I found something else that I tucked away to share later. Can you tell I’m super excited about this?

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Saturday, February 9th, 2013


My girl was particularly prolific today printing the valentines she designed, making coloring pages for “school,” and a paper doll that I have yet to locate. Happy weekending!



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Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Traces Everything

This is the new thing.

She traces through the back of every paper.

And today she realized that you can trace through several sheets of paper.

Layering the tracings on the back of each subsequent page.

Until you create…

something entirely new.

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Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

There Was An Old Lady

I didn’t want to say anything about it because, let’s face it, putting it out there for everyone to read always leads to immediate jinxing. However I am so dumbfounded, stupefied really, by recent developments that I’m just going to do it anyway. My children have stopped asking to watch tv. Chase mostly. Avery still asks about it a couple of times a day. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Materials :: The Happy Couple

So a couple of weeks ago I linked to this post over at Classic Play. I kept going on and on about materials so I’m glad to be able to post a little follow up. I feel like this totally validates the piles of construction paper in this house! Twice in the last few days Chase surprised me with some interesting work.

Earlier today she came to me with a bottle of glue asking me to get it going. I pulled off the little cap of dried glue and sent her on her way with a reminder to close the bottle when she was finished. She came back with two toilet paper tubes outfitted as a bride and groom. I just find it fascinating to see what she comes up with on her own when she digs through a box of raw materials. The tux is a torn piece of origami paper. Why did she choose to tear it instead of cutting it? I should ask her. It gives the neat effect of looking like there’s a shirt underneath.

Earlier this week (or maybe last) she asked me if she could use my black gel pen. Later she handed me a picture of a princess. I think this picture is a good example of how introducing new and different materials can spark an idea or spur a change in style or technique. I’d tried to explain the concept of drawing a black outline around a drawing either before or after adding color with very with limited success. She was quick to make the discovery on her own with just a little while to play around with the tools. I love this picture! She says it’s for Bennett but it’s really going to be for me! In my little box of her things along with her tooth.


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Friday, April 13th, 2012

The Quick Brown Fox

So get this. You know where you get typewriter ribbon? Amazon.  That’s right.  It took like two days and here I am with enough typewriter ribbon for six bucks to last a lifetime.  A lifetime!  Eight spools!  Can I tell you how thrilled I am that I didn’t have to drive to Essex (twice) to find it? Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday, March 30th, 2012

Spring Break? Yes, Please!

My viewing selections for tonight include two old episodes of 30 Rock, two episodes of Jacques and Julia Cooking At Home and two episodes of The Golden Girls because it’s been that kind of day.  Emotionally I feel a little stretched a little thin.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Paper Dolls Still

I thought for a while she’d moved on but, no, she was just taking a break.  The girls are back.  She was so excited to show these to me when I picked her up today that she made me look at them in the hallway at school.  Somebody else drew these and she colored them in.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Dear Easter Bunny

We’re burning through these little art project books lately.  Which is fine with me.  The stack could use a little culling.

But I like this one.  It’s easy to do, creates a great looking finished product and Read the rest of this entry »

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