Dreaming Dots

Kyri and I love DK’s My Art Book. This is our main art resource this year and it has wonderful information and projects to work through. Each section has a two page lesson on an art form or particular artist’s style. This is then followed by a detailed art project. The pictures are stunning and really make it easy and fun to complete the projects.

This week we had a lot of fun learning about aboriginal Australian art, and decorating our own rocks.

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We used smaller rocks than suggested in the book (because that is what we had on hand), and acrylic paint to decorate. We outlined our animal shape on each rock and then painted. We paused a few minutes between colors to keep paint from mixing. One optional step we did not do was coat the rock, or at least the painted part, in varnish to protect the decoration. We had a lot of fun with this and will end up doing several more, so we may end up varnishing them after the next batch.

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Art Works Field Trip

We recently participated in a field trip with several homeschooling families, to Art Works Studio here in San Antonio. The kids all had a great time exploring several art stations that were set up just for them. Activities included playdough, painting with tempura, stamp art, spin art, crayon rubbings, sand art, pencil and marker drawings.

Art Works has a great schedule, with several kinds of classes, open art, and even classes geared specifically toward homeschoolers. They also offer private field trips.

They can accommodate a group with a minimum of 10 children and maximum of 35.  And because these Field Trips are private, you have the entire studio reserved just for your group!

I am really looking forward to our next visit to Art Works. This is a great opportunity for children to explore different art media – and when they are done, you don’t have a mess to clean up!

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