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Free Crafts from Artists' Exchange each month!

Craft bash themes are not only designed to be fun art activities for kids but also enriching
learning opportunities. The arts can work as a tool for strengthening skills in all disciplines
by offering alternative ways to think about core subjects.  Many art projects unknowingly
have ties to math, science and history. By exemplifying these concepts throughout the project,
kids can build their art skills while learning cross-curricular information at the same time.

 Stuck at home? Looking for something fun to do? Want to learn something new?

STEP-BY-STEP FREE CRAFTS

Craft Themes

March

Animal Drawing Mix Up

Pick two animals, research the animals you selected. Where to they live? What survival skills to they have? What do they eat? Now Imagine that each animal was flip flopped into the other animal’s environment. Create and render a drawing to demonstrate a silly scenario for these two animals.

April

Nature Sculptures - Online lesson

Sculptor and environmentalist, Andy Goldsworthy creates site-specific sculptures and land art in natural and urban settings using only natural materials. After Learning about Goldsworthy’s work create a sculpture of your own.

May

Whats in a Flag - Take home kit

In honor of Memorial Day, learn how to create a mixed media encaustic flag, inspired by the painting, Flag, by Jasper Johns.

June

Plein Air Painting - Take Home Kit

Plein air painting is a technique in which we leave our studio behind and experience painting and drawing the landscape around us. This practice dates back or centuries but was truly made into an art form by French Impressionists such as Caude Monet and Auguste Renoir. Learn about impressionism and how you can apply it to your own landscape painting of the great outdoors.

July

Cool for Summer

Make unique tie dyed bandanas to keep you cool on those hot days! Different dyes require different chemicals to make them colorfast, learn which is which to keep your colors bright and beautiful.

August

Once Upon a Starry Night

Talk about the stars and patterns in the sky and create artwork inspired by your favorite constellation. As we also examine the famous painting Starry Night, perhaps there is a constellation in this painting.

September

Cyanotype Prints

Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. Engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, referred to as blueprints. Apply this same process to create prints from nature and everyday objects. Use our materials or bring your own objects to print.

October

Upcycled Wearables

Design a new belt or bag. Create a vest or hat. When armed with a box full of recyclables or commonly discarded items, what will you create?

November

Heart Felt

Not your standard precut sheets from the store. Study the ancient, sustainable art form of felting as we create functional pieces of art using materials direct from their source! Kids will work with raw sheep wool, soap and water to make one of a kind pieces of felt.

December

Home for the Holidays

This month, stop by Artists’ Exchange and pick up your “home for the holidays” craft kit. Each craft kit includes a painting project and a drawing project with the materials directions and extension ideas for even more at home crafts.

January

Mini Mondrians

Study the work of Piet Mondrian and his famous Broadway Boogie Woogie. Using elements of music and the architecture of the city, kids will create their own geometric paintings.

February 

Winter Scenes

Read a winter story and design a painting from the book or create a winter scene that depicts your favorite winter activity.

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