“Ducks at Sunset”- Art Activity for Kids


I found this really great pop-art piece by artist, Walt Curlee.  I loved the colors and the simplicity of the design.

It’s not always easy finding inspiration for my young artist, but this was perfect.

I printed out a sample of the piece as a guide. He picked out the the colors he saw in the background. Using watercolor crayons, he began to draw the sunset…

Then he used his water pen to blend the colors into a beautiful sunset of pink and purple….


Next, he practiced drawing the shape of the flying ducks.  It’s hard to get them to look right!


He got a bit frustrated, so I let him get a feel for drawing the shapes by tracing some of them. This helped!dscf5594

After he was comfortable drawing the ducks, he took a pencil and drew the reeds, leaves, and ducks. Finally, he filled in all the shapes with a dark gray brush pen.

I think he did a great job! This is my third young artist to attend “Mom’s Art School’, and we’re having a great time experimenting and learning new techniques.  Next week, we’re going to try to paint some trees with faces in them.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Fall.     ~Scarlett


Easy Drawing Activity for Kids- Pantry Favorites


I asked my young artist to pick his favorite things from the pantry for this easy drawing activity. Of course, he picked all the junk food! We set up the items on some white paper and put a large sheet in the background to eliminate visual distractions. This was challenging and fun!  He did a great job looking closely at the lines and deciding which details to include.  He chose colored pencils to add color to his drawing, and when it was finished,  he promptly dismantled the arrangement and had a snack!  :)


Thanks for stopping by!
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JC pantry art

For Small Museum Visitors-Miniature Cord Painting after Regina Bogat



Recently, I created this small replica of one of the contemporary pieces at the Blanton Museum of Art called “Cord Painting 14″ by Regina Bogat. This was done in an effort to encourage discovery and interaction for a group tour for young children, ages 3 to 5 years.

It was time consuming, but worth it.  I started with a small 5″ x 4″ white canvas. After painting it with two heavy coats of cadmium red dark, Using Bogat’s work as the model, I used a needle and poked rows of holes in the canvas, in an organized grid pattern (see photo) with 27 holes from one end to the other.  Only the top third of the canvas was used. I matched the colors of embroidery thread to the actual piece, as best as I could.  Knotting the threads from the back, I sewed them through and double-knotted the ends, snipping off excess thread.  The threads were left at various lengths.

After all the threads were sewn through and knotted, I restretched the canvas back onto the wooden frame by hand, and stapled it back in place.

This was an excellent interactive addition to our tour.  The small children loved to hold, explore, and play with the small piece as we talked about the larger work on the wall.  We looked for favorite colors, guessed what the back looked like, took turns making knots, and used our imaginations to talk about what could be hiding behind the cords!  Overall, the miniature art aided in maintaining short attention spans, encouraging curiosity, and gently redirecting the temptation to touch the art.

Here are the process photos!

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed weekend.  ~Scarlett


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Red Bird, Blue Rain

DSCF4006Loosely apply thick acrylic paint to glass and then lay on top of Bristol paper. This paper is 11″ x 14″.

Gently lift glass and let paint dry.

Repeat printing with cloud designs two more times.  Cut smaller clouds from the re-prints, arrange them on top and adhere to paper with 3D mounting tape.  Print and cut out a yellow sun and red bird and add with permanent adhesive.DSCF4007 DSCF4025 DSCF4023


Thanks for looking at my art!  For info. on how to purchase this art, click here.

Have a great week!

~Scarlettred bird, blue rain