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Portraits in a Box

Portraits in a Box

I always get a kick out of portrait making with kids whether we are studying the placement of the...

Magnetic Plate Places

Magnetic Plate Places

For this project, we summoned all our imaginative powers to create a special land or adventure...

Spin Art Plate Chain

Spin Art Plate Chain

We are big fans of Spin Art at Studio Sprout. This is a total studio favorite! Recently we...

Art & Science: Gravity

Art & Science: Gravity

At Studio Sprout we love ART! But science is a close second so we have been exploring those...

Tissue Paper Prints

Tissue Paper Prints

Our tiny tots got to do their favorite thing: use the spray bottles! It was even more fun that we...

Art & Science: Chemistry

Art & Science: Chemistry

This session is all about Art & Science! Our focus this week was chemistry. We investigated...

Monster Mash!

Monster Mash!

The title says it all! Over here at Studio Sprout it was a Monster Mash all week long. (It was...

Clay Wall Pockets

Clay Wall Pockets

This week at studio sprout we explored clay. In our master's classes, we made clay wall pockets...

Tissue Paper Art

Tissue Paper Art

This tissue paper art project is easy peasy with wonderful results and was targeted at our...

Glue Art

Glue Art

What kid doesn't love squeezing glue? Especially when it's colored glue! Past glue projects can be...

Art & Science: Magnetism

Art & Science: Magnetism

I ran across some old but wonderful unpublished blog posts. I love playing with magnets so much...

Crafty Cards

Crafty Cards

This week we are "stuck" on these washi tape cards! They are fun, colorful, and unique, but...

Sensory Boxes

Sensory Boxes

In the studio, we can warm-up before a big project in a variety of ways; this can be open-ended...

Autumn Leaf Rubbings

Autumn Leaf Rubbings

Kids love leaf rubbings with oil pastels. Materials: White Paper Colored Paper Leaves (green and...

A Day with Clay

A Day with Clay

This week over at Studio Sprout we explored... CLAY! Our younger students created some really...

Mask Making Magic

Mask Making Magic

This week at Studio Sprout we decorated masks! We used a variety of materials which made the...

Chicks!

Chicks!

The first three weeks with our new baby chicks has been so precious. They often fall asleep while...

Air-dry Clay Bowls

Air-dry Clay Bowls

Materials: Air dry clay Cotton fabric  approx. 12 x 14 inches (cotton sheets work great and can be...

Salt Painting

Salt Painting

Salt painting is one of my new favorite projects. It's an amazingly playful process, the results...

Spin Art

Spin Art

Materials: paper plates (7in Safeway brand seemed to work great and fit my salad spinners) salad...

Miniature Books

Miniature Books

Making Miniature Books was a fabulous success. This is a great open-ended art project. Well the...

Clay Play

Clay Play

  I know I say it again and again but clay is simply a magical medium. I love to put a chunck...

Spin Art

Spin Art

Nothing like letting kids use their hand muscles to squeeze paint and arm muscles to spin the...

Our Summer Garden 2014

Our Summer Garden 2014

Second year echinacea in full bloom. Purple tomatillo and lemon cucumber enjoying each others...

Celebrating Spring: Birds

Celebrating Spring: Birds

First I must credit the amazing Patty at Deep Space Sparkle for the inspiration and foundation...

Open-ended Art: Clay Play

Open-ended Art: Clay Play

I feel like every time I write a blog post about clay I talk about how it's an incredibly magical...

Open-Ended Art: Fake Snow

Open-Ended Art: Fake Snow

I live in Santa Cruz, CA where we do not get snow. In fact it's been an incredibly warm and sunny...

Texture Sensory Box

Texture Sensory Box

A texture sensory box is a great way to highlight the wonders of touch. Below is a list of...

Purple Monster Playdough

Purple Monster Playdough

Because the weather is becoming cooler and unpredictable I'm planning full-hour lesson plans for...

Paint Chip Collage

Paint Chip Collage

Looking for a frugal project with fun new materials that you have at home? Paint Chip Collages are...

Tinfoil Ornaments

Tinfoil Ornaments

If you don't already know about Happy Hooligans definitely take a second to pop over to her blog!...

Autumn Wall Hanger

Autumn Wall Hanger

  Autumn Hangers are great for a wall or a front door. I know that many places have already seen...

Cork Stamped Cards

Cork Stamped Cards

Cork stamped cards are such a great way to bring color into any holiday or celebration.  Plus this...

Plaster Keepsakes

Plaster Keepsakes

  I was first learned about how simple plaster casting was from the Artful Parent. This project...

Autumn Sensory Bin

Autumn Sensory Bin

To welcome in Autumn we did a fall sensory box complete with: pasta, two types of beans, corn,...

Halloween Flubber

Halloween Flubber

Flubber is seriously one of my favorite mediums to present in my classroom. Everyone loves flubber...

Diptych Nature Collage

Diptych Nature Collage

Does your child like to stuff rocks in their pockets at the park or carry sticks around in the...

Falling Leaf Mobile

Falling Leaf Mobile

I love celebrating the changing of the seasons. We started off our Autumn session with a Falling...

Halloween Bunting

Halloween Bunting

Halloween is a great holiday because we get to dress up in costume, explore the creepy dark side...

Art & Science: Light

Art & Science: Light

One of the things I love most about my job is that I create my own curriculum. If I'm inspired by...

Summer Harvest 2013!

Summer Harvest 2013!

Planting with toddlers and young children can be challenging so this summer we focused our efforts...

Bubble Baskets

Bubble Baskets

Bubble Blowing is a wonderful outdoor activity for children. Bubbles get kids running, jumping,...

The Five Senses: Hearing

The Five Senses: Hearing

The focus for our fifth and final sense in our Five Senses session was "hearing". I love bridging...

The Five Senses: Sight

The Five Senses: Sight

To celebrate our sense of sight and the fact we can see an amazingly rich and diverse color...

The Five Senses: Smell

The Five Senses: Smell

Students are LOVING The Five Senses theme! Our third week's focus was "smell" and we kicked off...

The Five Senses: Taste

The Five Senses: Taste

The second week of our Five Senses session focused on taste. I intentionally avoid edible projects...

The Five Senses: Touch

The Five Senses: Touch

Developing Studio Sprout curriculum feeds my creative bug and truly satisfies my soul. Sometimes...

Famous Artists I: Matisse

Famous Artists I: Matisse

Matisse's paper cut-outs were simple but moving. His artistic choices were intentional, full of...

Masters of Art I: Picasso

Masters of Art I: Picasso

In my research for projects inspired by famous artists I ran across a wonderful Picasso project on...

Sewing

Sewing

Sewing is a wonderful fine motor skill craft. It can easily be adapted for all ages. Students 18...

Clay Leaves

Clay Leaves

Lately I've been inspired to try more advanced instruction with my students. Deep Space Sparkle...

Raspberry Canes

Raspberry Canes

The newest edition to our edible garden is a raspberry patch. YUM, I can't wait! Inspired by a...

Strawberry Babies

Strawberry Babies

We are back in the garden and taking weekly action to get edibles back in the ground!!! Our second...

Water Beads

Water Beads

Water beads, the newest craze in toddler sensory activities! Try them and you will know why. The...

Self Portraits

Self Portraits

Drawing self portraits was an incredible experience. You could almost see light bulbs turning on....

Painting the Playhouse

Painting the Playhouse

Almost a year ago I purchased a Discovery Kids Cardboard Color Me  House from our local Walgreen's...

Magna-Tiles

Magna-Tiles

Magna-Tiles are a fabulous new educational asset to our toy shelf at home. Since they arrived as a...

Plaster Casting

Plaster Casting

I was incredibly inspired by The Artful Parent play dough plaster casting. Play dough is a hit...

First Egg 9/12/12

First Egg 9/12/12

Our first egg was laid 9/12/12 by our Cuckoo Marans, Shadow. Her eggs will soon become chocolate...

Bubble Wands

Bubble Wands

To celebrate the end of summer we made bubble wands and blew bubbles. I experimented with two...

Clay Work

Clay Work

Clay proves to be one of the most engaging materials in the studio. My first class of the week was...

Ice and Watercolor

Ice and Watercolor

When I think of summertime art projects I think of water, and on really hot days, ice. This week...

Spots and Dots

Spots and Dots

This week's class started with sitting in a circle and reading the book Put Me In the Zoo by...

Ball Painting

Ball Painting

We had such a blast with ball painting this week. The process is very simple. Have small boxes and...

Clay

Clay

This week we introduced real clay for the first time. Although we don't have a kiln to fire...

Collage with Colored Glue

Collage with Colored Glue

This week we made collage with colored glue, recycled "unclaimed" paintings, tissue paper, and...

Foam Paint and Flubber

Foam Paint and Flubber

This week was too much fun! For our wet medium project we experimented with foam paint, powder...

Opening Week = Success

Opening Week = Success

One hundred children and caregivers attended Studio Sprout for Opening Week! Thank you to all the...

Ready, Set, Go!

Ready, Set, Go!

This week marks the official opening of Studio Sprout. We are running FREE classes all week. If...