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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Shake your own Ice Cream

It's rainy this Sunday so we decided to make shake ice cream. This has been around for years. It's fun and my son loves to make it because he can add is own special ingredients.
1 to 2 tablespoons depending on how sweet you want it.
1 cup milk or half & half
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Special ingredients, we use chocolate chips but you can use what you like.
6 Tbs rock salt we use 7 Tbs regular salt
1 pint zip lock plastic bag, we used 2 sandwich bags 1 put into the other for extra strength.
1 gallon zip lock plastic bag
Fill gallon bag half full with ice. Add salt to bag of ice.
Pour sugar,milk,vanilla any special ingredients in pint size zip lock plastic bag and seal.
Place the pint size sealed zip bag into the gallon zip bag and seal the gallon bag.
Shake for 5 to 7 min
When done open the gallon bag and take small bag out open and pour ice cream in bowl and ENJOY! 

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Fused Glass Artist

Michigan artist Jerry Harty is a fused glass artist as well as a printmaker. His work has always followed a light and whimsical path. You can check out more of Jerry's artwork at Jerry Harty Studio.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tape Painting Project

This is a really easy but very fun tape painting project we did in class. There are not many supplies and the kids had fun. They wanted to paint more and more of them. This is my sons.


Canvas any size
Paint, we use acrylic
Painters tape, it comes in different sizes.
Paint brush

First you arrange the tape on the canvas in the design you want, making sure all your pieces are touching another piece or running off the edge. Very important- run your finger all around the edges to make sure the edges of the tape are pressed down on the canvas good or you will get paint underneath the tape.
Then start painting each space a different color. When done painting when paint is still wet start pulling off the tape starting with the last one you put on. Important- The tape must be pulled off when still wet if you do it when it's dry it may pull the paint off to.

When the tape is pulled off you can either leave it or paint designs in the colored areas.
Have Fun!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Yes color, It's so dull outside

Well I was going to post some photos of my work space and my view outside but it's so dull outside here on the farm.  There is no color just brown. So here are some colorful things to brighten up the day. There is such Great Artists out there!

(Abstract folk art, Hand painted Violin, Drawing on Paper, Geometric Modern Sculpture )

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

House Sculpture Project

Fun Project and the kids got to build. We made the houses/buildings out of chipboard. All the kids had different ideas with there structures. Some did country,abstract,modern, houses or buildings but they were all different. I encouraged them to put yard art and side walks around there structures.
We used a lot of the materials from my must have art supplies list post.

Materials needed
Chipboard or cardboard you already have
Fabric tac glue
Dura lar- (clear film)

We started out with a 14" by 7.5" chipboard base. Cut chipboard to the sizes you want for walls and roof. Let the kids experiment with different designs. Color the panels before you glue your pieces together. Coloring after you glue together will be very hard.  We used a mix of Sharpies,crayons,paint. The tac glue is very fast drying and works very well. We also used Dura lar for the windows which is a clear thin film great for art work. Join the link party at Todays creative blog.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Must have art supplies

I like to call this my most needed and used art supplies. These are the supplies we use most in our home school art class. With these few materials we can do so much.

My art supply list

Sharpies - Great for everything.
Masking Tape and Newspaper are great for sculptures, armatures, fillers.

Fabric tac - This stuff is great, we use it for everything. It glues great to porous items.
Mod Podge - Love this stuff. I like the hard coat.

Acrylic paints
Chipboard - This is great stuff, it can be purchased in three colors and they have two different sizes at Blick art materials. The thicker is hard for the kids to cut, you have to use a paper cutter. But the thinner they can cut with scissors.

Plaster cloth which we use a lot of.

So this is my must have art supplies list.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Mod Podge Fun Sculpture

We made this project in class last year. I actually seen it on the Internet but can't remember where.
I had the kids make the sculptures doing something they like to do or would like to so. So here is my son's sculpture playing video games.

Materials you will need........
Aluminum foil
Mod podge
Masking tape
Tissue paper
and cardboard for and platform or extras you may want to add.

Cut the aluminum foil to the size you want. The one here is about 10" by 10" for the horse but a person you may want 18" by 18". Have you kids rest there hand on the middle of the foil and gentle start pushing in the foil being carefully not to rip the foil slits further. Continue crunching the foil until you have you shape. After you have your shape crunch the foil tight and bend it in the shape you want and add more foil to your sculpture for definition and then tape the whole sculpture with masking tape.
Mount to your base with wire or glue and Mod podge the whole sculpture over lapping the tissue paper pieces. You can add detail with acrylic paint.
Kids had a great time with this project.

Another students project below.
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