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Wind power!

The breezy days of spring call out from pinwheels. However, with little hands that is not always a good idea. The artists made pin-less pinwheels today. Now they can take them outside into the breeze and watch them go, or … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Project

Remember how we make twig and paper bag egg nests a few weeks ago? I must now admit that I omitted telling everyone about the main project that day, because I wanted it to be a surprise. That day, we … Continue reading

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Spring Nests

This week we are continuing to welcome spring by making our own nests. These bird’s nests would make a beautiful centrepiece for a spring table. Materials: paper lunch bags with squared bottoms (one per artist) very thin twigs, pieces of dried grass, … Continue reading

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Spring “Eggplant”

This was the start of a new term of arts and crafts classes. This term I have only one group of artists (3 to 5 year olds). Today we are preparing for spring (or Easter) celebrations by creating our own … Continue reading

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Drawing with Scissors (Henri Matisse)

Students got a short lesson on Henri Matisse and how he worked. Among other things, they learned that after becoming ill from abdominal cancer, Matisse could no longer work as his easel and turned to collage. His assistants painted large … Continue reading

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Spool Knitting Fun – Making the Cord – The Basics (A Video)

This video ( a Quicktime movie) shows the basics of making a spool knit cord. I demonstrate spool knitting on a home made knitting spool. You can access the directions for that here.

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Spool Knitting Fun – Making the Spool Knitter

Spool knitting is an old craft that can be used to create cords that are almost identical to i-cord. In recent times it has resurfaced in a larger form and is called loom knitting. You can get loom knitting kits … Continue reading

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