Blogchatter A2Z · Get Crafty

P For Picasso Faces – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Pablo Picasso needs no introduction. He is one of most famous artist and reverred the most in art lessons for kids as well. Picasso was born in Spain, Malaga in 1881. From an early age he loved to draw and by the age of eight, he could draw more realistically than his art teacher.

Pablo Picasso
Image courtesy Google

At the age of 23, he moved to Paris in 1904. Paris was considered the capital of the avant-garde, which means “advance guard” in other words. The people and their ideas were cutting-edge and ahead of time which helped him grow more into art.

In Paris, he met George Braque and together they created “cubism”. Cubism is the term used to describe the revolutionary process of fragmenting objects and people to create a new look with multiple viewpoints.

The Weeping Woman, 1937 by Pablo Picasso
Image courtesy Google

“The weeping woman” is one of Pablo Picasso’s well known painting based on cubism. Rather than an exact portrait of a woman’s face, the use of jagged lines and bright colors with thick bold lines has been done to show her sadness. It looks as if the woman is looking in two different directions. It’s the cubist style. We explored Picasso faces during lockdown 2020 and since then Eira has shared it with alot of her friends.

Supplies
A4 size paper
Oil pastels
Pencil and eraser

Let’s get started
1. A Picasso face is not supposed to be perfect. Let your child use a pencil or a black oil pastel, and draw a face right in the middle of the page. A line goes right through the middle of the face.
2. The features likes eyes, nose, lips, ears are all supposed to be different on each side. One eye can be seeing towards the child while the other in the other direction.
3. Now let the child draw the hair, neck and shoulders.
4. Use bright colors for each section. Both sides of the face will be of different colors. Same goes with other features as well. You can even add eyelashes with black pastel.

Your Picasso face is ready.

We have made a quick video while Eira was working on this art.

Hope you enjoy it!

This post is a part of Blogchatter‘s challenge #BlogchatterA2Z

Blogchatter A2Z · Get Crafty

O For Octopus Wobbleheads – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

O for ocean and o for Octopus said my little girl. So here we are, sharing a craft from the deep blues. We wanted to give an extraordinary touch so Eira came up with the idea of creating wobbling heads for the octopus. An add-on that she learnt in her art class at school. I just went along with her idea and it turned out wonderful. This craft is great for some fine motor skills.

Supplies
Colored craft paper
A4 size white paper
Crayons
Glue
Scissors
Pencil and eraser

Let’s get started
1. Draw the octopus head on colored paper. We used origami square papers here. Cut them out.
2. We used the leftover paper to make strips for the octopus’ tentacles. This way the leftover paper was also not wasted and also gave the craft a color combination.
3. Start rolling the stripes of paper from one end to midway for tentacles.
4. Draw eyes for the octopus on white paper and cut them out too.
5. Cut some stripes of white paper to make wobbling parts. Place them at 90 degrees angle of each other and stick them. Now start folding in the accordion fashion one over the other until you reach the end and then stick the end together with glue.
6. Stick the eyes on the octopus head and then the rolled strips under the octopus.
7. Draw some seaweed on green paper and cut them out.
8. It’s time to get it altogether. Take an A4 size paper and shade it with light blue crayon. You can choose to draw waves, or color in deep blue or shade it with multiple colors of blue.
9. Stick the seaweed. Stick the wobbling parts and then attach the octopus onto them.

Your Octopus wobbleheads are ready.

Octopus Wobbleheads.
This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly not permitted.

This is such a fun craft and your kids will love how the octopus are popping right out of the craft and wobbling…

Octopus Wobbleheads.
This video belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly not permitted.

We made a quick video while Eira was making this craft.

Hope you enjoy it!

This post is part of Blogchatter‘s challenge #BlogchatterA2Z.

Blogchatter A2Z · Get Crafty

N For Nature inspired ghost leaves art – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Nothing like a walk in the garden early morning to feel right in the middle of nature and let children explore things on their own. Nature has so much instore for all of us that every little thing has so much to see and learn. There are so many things to do when you have ample of things to pick up from the garden but with current scenes, staying home is the best way of staying safe. So we decided to raid our home garden for some leaves and see where we can go ahead from there.

We have all at some point of time traced leaves onto paper with crayons. Those colorful impressions create such a wonderful piece of craft. But we wanted to take it a step ahead.

Supplies
Some fresh leaves
White crayon
Drawing paper
Watercolors
Flat paint sponge

Let’s get started
1. Place the leaves under the paper and rub the white crayon over it. This will trave the leaf impression but you won’t be able to see it much. Overlapping of leaves is also fine. Dry leaves do not work as they tend to crush while tracing and leave marks on the paper. You can use leaves either from only one plant or a variety of them in the craft.
2. Keep moving the leaves and make sure the crayon impressions are made all over the place.
3. Now we have a white paper with white leaf impressions which gives a subtle look. Let’s move onto the next fun part.
4. Dip your flat sponge brush in the paint color of your choice and start painting over the paper. Your child can one color for the whole paper or mix some colors. As soon as your child will start painting, ghost white leaves will pop right out of the watercolors. You will be able to see the leaves alongwith their veins very clearly.

This image belong to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

5. Do not use too much color or rub onto the paper for long as the paper will soak in the color and tend to rip. Use a very light touch to get the desired results.
6. Once the whole paper is colored, let it dry for a minute or two.

This image belong to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

Your natured inspired ghost leaves art is ready!

We have made a quick video while Eira was working on this project.


Hope you enjoy it!

This post is part Blogchatter‘s challenge #BlogchatterA2Z.

Blogchatter A2Z · Get Crafty

M For Marionette – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

A marionette is a puppet manipulated by strings from above attached to a control. They are also known as string puppets. These were very popular in the olden times and the simplest marionette had atleast 9 strings to control. The more strings were attached, the more sensitive control the master had over the marionette.

Some were so fascinating in design that they were able to imitate every human and animal action. They were extremely popular during the 18th century with marionette operas. Children loved the marionette shows at the fairs. But there also was a time when they lost their popularity when glove puppets came into picture.

Now who doesn’t like a puppet right? Sorry, a marionette! Let’s try and make one today but in the most simplest form for kids. Just two strings and that’s it!

Supplies
Colored pompoms
Strings or thread
Icecream stick
Googley eyes
Needle and thread

Let’s get started
1. Eye the needle with thread and then string all the pompoms together. Do not string them tight. Keep them loosely arranged. If your child is not comfortable using needle and thread, make sure to help them so that they don’t prick themselves.
2. Cut the string, and attach it to one end of the icecream stick.
3. Tie another piece of string towards the end of the pompom string and then to the icecream stick.
4. Stick goggley eyes on the first pompom on one end.

A simple two string marionette.
This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited

Your bug marionette is ready!

Eira’s bug marionette.
This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited

Use the icecream stick to manipulate your cute marionette around. These little marionettes help improve hand-eye coordination of a child while they try and manipulate the movements.

We have made a quick video while Eira was making her marionette.


Hope you enjoy it!

This blog is part of Blogchatter‘s challenge #BlogchatterA2Z.

Blogchatter A2Z · Get Crafty

L For Laurel Burch Art – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

Now this is no ordinary cat. It was designed by the the famous Laurel Burch. One of her masterpieces which are printed on earrings, clothes, journals and in today’s times even on masks. Laurel Burch was an American artist, designer and businesswoman.

Laurel Burch.
Image courtesy Google

She used to design jewellery and sell it on the streets of San Francisco. Her designs were unique so some local stores started selling her jewellery too. Later she ended up going to China and there she came across the art of “cloisonne” which involves enamel work. She mastered it and made paintings and designed earrings using it. Later, she founded her own manufacturing company called Laurel Burch Inc.

Laurel Burch Inc products.
Image courtesy Google

Today we are going to try our hands on some of her fascinating work.

Supplies
A4 paper
Oil pastels
Pencil and eraser

Let’s get started
1. Draw the Burch Cat
2. Outline the drawing.
3. Butch’s cat has square features on them. You can decide to make circles of triangles or spirals or a mix of it all. I leave all this with Eira and let her go along with her choices.
4. Choose multiple colors on the cat that will compliment each other and most importantly bring out the eyes.
5. Use an off colored background to make the art pop out. Eira has used a fluorescent yellow and that made it look wonderful.

Laurel Burch Cat.
This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited

Your Laurel Burch Cat is ready!

The colors used in this art are extraordinary and that’s what keeps the kids interested. Bright hues make it look so attractive.

We have made a quick video while Eira was making the Burch Cat.

Hope you enjoy it!

This blog is a part of Blogchatter‘s challenge #BlogchatterA2Z.

Blogchatter A2Z · Get Crafty

K For Kandinsky Art

When it comes to abstract art, Wassily Kandinsky is still known as the pioneer. He was a Russian painter and art theorist. He became famous in Germany in an art form called “Expressionism”.

So called Expressionists, use art to express their feelings. He was also very much inspired by color. He believed that color could convey anything even without an object or figure. He would often combine different shapes with different colors to see which felt most right, and he would paint certain colors next to each other to see how they would play off against each other.

“Square with Concentric Circles” is one of those color studies. He made several versions of this, always using loose brushwork and very bright, saturated colors.

I decided to go along with Kandinsky and explore the world of color with Eira. But since we have tried the concentric circles earlier, she wanted to try using the concentric circles in a different way.

Supplies
Chart paper
Crayons

Let’s get started

1. On the paper, draw a huge tree with along with many branches with a pencil.

2. Start making the Kandinsky circles on and around the branches. Let your child use crayons in all colors. We have a combination of 3 colors. Mix and match cool and warm colors to bring out the best.

3. Color the tree black, Make sure not to ruin the Kandinsky circles by running through them,

4, Use some colors in the background to highlight the art.

Your Kandinsky art is ready.

This is one of the easiest arts and can be enjoyed by kids any age. It is full of colors and can keep a child engaged for long. Once they get the hang of it, you will see them making Kandinsky quite often. Don’t forget to showcase it into their rooms.

Kandinsky Art by Eira. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

We have made a quick video while Eira was working on this project.


Hope you enjoy it!

This post is a part of Blogchatter’s challenge #BlogchatterA2Z.

Blogchatter A2Z · Get Crafty

J For Jungle In A Box – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

While trying to find more and more activities for Eira, I also try to find activities that can turn out into toys. Toys that can be stored well and kids can keep going back to them for independent play.
Today, I have one such activity named “Jungle in a box”. We ordered some cookies for Easter and the box was just lying around. I was thinking of ways to use it for storage. While planning this activity, the box came in handy.
This activity is based on magnetic play. You decide on a pretend play scene, plan your characters, and use magnets to move them around and play. Let’s see how to make it.

Supplies
Cookie box or any box
A4 size paper
Crayons
Scissors
Printed dinosaurs
Dot magnets
Fevicol

Let’s get started

1.Use one side of the cookie box and trace the outside edges on A4 size paper. This will make the backdrop. Tracing the lid side will be better. If you do not have a box, you can make it on a piece of cardboard as well.

2. Draw the jungle on paper and color it.

3. Cut the drawing out and the backdrop is ready. Do not stick it but just place it in the lid of the box. Since we have traced from the outside it will fit in just right and will not keep falling off. We avoid sticking so that we can make more such backdrops for more plays and use the same box.

Backdrop for the Jungle.
This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

4. Now cut out the dinosaurs from the printout. We also printed out a volcano on Eira’s demand. It turned out as an added element and I loved it too.

Dinosaurs printed for play.
This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

5. Glue up the dot magnets on the back of the dinosaurs and the volcano. Let them dry.

6. Attach the dinosaurs onto the backdrop with one magnet on the outside of the box lid to hold the dinosaur up. Place the others similarly with magnets on the outside to hold up.

Jungle in a box is ready!

See your child enjoy this activity while in play. Eira moved around the dinos. Fed them some greens and even the volcano was rumbling and throwing up lava at one point in time. It kept her busy for an hour and she kept coming back for more.

Remember, to use the box to store the backdrop, dinos, and magnets. Make more of these backdrops and characters involving camping sites, dollhouses, solar system, and racing tracks and store them in the same box. Your child can keep reusing them over and over again choosing which pretend play they want to do.

We have made a quick video while Eira was making this activity.

Hope you like it!

This post is a part of Blogchatter’s challenge #BlogchatterA2Z.

Blogchatter A2Z · Get Crafty

I for Illustrator’s Art

Children’s books these days have crossed every horizon and show every dream that a child can dream of! Not only children but even adults are addicted to reading these storybooks over and over again. I myself am guilty of it! They not only have amazing stories but also so much to learn and see. Like the author’s words, an illustrator’s art is also important and influential. Bringing the words to life and elucidating them through drawings in a way that kids can relate to it and even imagine being a part of it. I’m sure you have come across kids who will want to read one book over and over again. The words and the illustrations have both worked their magic on that child, you see.

How can we not try our hands on our favorite illustrator’s work?

Illustrator Axel Scheffler


One such illustrator is Axel Scheffler. He is a German illustrator and animator based in London. An award winning, internationally acclaimed illustrator with some of the most well-loved children’s books. His books have been published in many languages and his work has been exhibited all around the world. The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s child, Room on the Broom and Superworm are some of his best known work.

Superworm – Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Eira’s attempt to Axel Scheffler’s illustration from Superworm. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

Eira always chooses his illustrations to draw when asked to draw from books. This is one of our favorite activities to unwind at the end of the day.

Charlie Cook’s favourite book – Illustrated by Axel Scheffler. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.
Eira’s sketch from The Gruffalo illustrated by Axel Scheffler. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

All you need is your child’s favourite books and some colors. That’s it!

When planning to do this activity, let your child decide which illustrator, which book and which particular drawing they would like to give a try. You will be surprised by their choices and their drawings. This activity is a great way to enhance their drawing skills, color choices and using them on paper.

Illustrator Rob Biddulph

Another amazing illustrator that we cannot miss to mention but came to know only during lockdown 2020 is Rob Biddulph (also an author). When the pandemic was on the rise, schools were closed and kids were at home and parents were going crazy looking for activities to plan for their kids. Keeping this in mind, Rob Biddulph started a draw-along video series called #Drawwithrob twice a week. These drawings were from his very own books and the videos became very popular garnering millions of views. On 21 May 2020, he broke the Guinness World Record for the largest online art lesson when 45,611 participants drew a whale with him.

#DrawwithRob series by Eira. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

For us, Sundays were #DrawwithRob day during lockdown. It enhanced her skills immeasurably.

#DrawwithRob series by Eira. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.
#DrawwithRob series by Eira. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

Definitely recommend his series which is available on his website and also on Youtube.

#DrawwithRob series by Eira. This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited.

Do try Illustrator’s art activity with your kids and I’m sure they are going love it!

Blogchatter A2Z · Get Crafty

H For Holiday Home – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

When I was thinking about what activity to plan for this letter, Eira said H is for home and then the idea occured to me. I asked Eira what would your holiday home look like? Anything you want can be in that home. Your holiday, your home, your plan!!

She loved the idea and started thinking all that she wanted in her holiday home. She took a couple of days and then gave me a list of things she wanted.

She loves the world under water, so I was not surprised to see it being a part of her holiday home. Let’s see what supplies she asked for.

Supplies
Cardboard
Crayons
Sketchpens
Stickers according to the chosen theme
Any other material that your child choses.

There are no instructions to adhere to as it is supposed to be your child’s holiday home.

This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited

Eira’s holiday home will have a mermaid friend, sea creatures who will play slide and reside in a pool.
What a perfect holiday home right!

Ask your child what their holiday home would be like? A pet dinosaur in the garden playing fetch, a spaceship landing on the roof or living underwater in a submarine?
Let their imagination run wild…

We have made a quick video of Eira’s holiday home.

Hope you like it!

This post if part of Blogchatter‘s challenge #BlogchatterA2Z.

Blogchatter A2Z · Get Crafty

G For Glue Drawing with Pastel Chalk – Get Crafty #BlogchatterA2Z

This craft is super interesting. Kids usually first draw with a pencil and color the picture but with this piece of art, kids either draw and then outline with glue or even skip using pencil and directly draw with glue. It definitely becomes more interesting to see how it all works out.

Colored chalk or soft pastels are used in this project. They are messy yet blend in so beautifully that I highly recommend having them in your kid’s art supplies.

Supplies
Black chart paper
Bottle of fevicol
Pencil and eraser
Colored chalk/soft pastels

Let’s get started

1. Go alongwith your child’s ideas of drawing. We have chosen underwater theme here.

2. Let them draw with a pencil and then squeeze glue to outline the whole drawing.

This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited

3. Let the glue dry up. It will take around 45 minutes to an hour depending on the size of your drawing and where you place it. We keep it under the sun and that sped up the drying process. To our surprise, the glue started turning transparent as it dried. Many of us I’m sure didn’t know of this.

This image belongs to http://www.myworldwitheira.com and reuse is strictly prohibited

4. You have your canvas ready to be filled with colors.
5. Chalk colors create a lot of dust and also need blending with fingertips to even it out. 6. Make sure to cover all.the nooks and crannies inside each section made by the glue to cover the black paper.

Your Glue drawing is ready.

We have created a quick video when Eira created her underwater glue drawing.

https://www.instagram.com/reel/CNab-DwlzMf/

Hope you enjoy it!

This post is a part of Blogchatter‘s challenge #BlogchatterA2Z