Art

Imagine & create with watercolors

Let's imagine and create! Start by painting a colorful or neutral background, and then paint a scene. Add a deep black outline to your drawing to make it pop! We love watercolors, so we will continue to experiment with these fun paints. You can also create a similar...

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Watercolor Seasons

Celebrate the change in seasons with a watercolor or drawing. We love watercolors, so we will continue to experiment with these fun paints. You can also just draw with colored pencils, crayons, or markers. Just tap into your imagination. Getting started You’ll need:...

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Create some fireworks this summer

We can't believe 4th of July is around the corner. Let's make some colorful fireworks to get into the holiday spirit. First, let make fireworks with paint and paper tubes. We've shared this activity in past Messy Creations classes, and it's quite fun. Getting started...

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Make a suncatcher

Get creative this spring and summer capturing the warm glow of the sun with these artful window decorations. We're using coffee filters for both of the ideas below. But you can create different effects based on the materials you use. Try watercolors and markers! Using...

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Coffee filter flowers

Flowers bring out smiles. So let's create a bouquet for your mom this Mother’s Day. You can also save this creative project for another special occasion. Getting started Materials: Coffee filter Pipe cleaner / chenille stick Beads Tape Markers, paints, crayons or...

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Mother’s Day craft ideas

Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday, May 9. We have a few ideas for unique, creative gifts from our iArt archives. An adult may need to assist your little ones with some of these creative activities, so enlist someone who can keep mom's gift a secret. Check them out...

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Doodle Drawing Game

We're sharing a fun game - similar to the draw-a-story game shared by Chandler artist Shachi Kale, whose artworks are featured in our Art of the Story exhibition. This one features doodles, which we hope will help you encourage your child(ren)'s imagination and help...

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Colorful Eggs

Let's design some fun colorful eggs. This time, we'll try using watercolor pens to create. You’ll need: Watercolor paper or thick paper (we used a paper plate) Watercolor pens Black market (for outlining your drawing) Imagination Optional: Table covering or smock to...

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Watercolor Landscapes

Do you like watercolors? We do! Today, we continue to experiment with these fun paints. And we feel inspired to create a simple landscape scene with our imagination. Getting started You’ll need: Watercolor paper or thick paper (we used a paper plate) Watercolor paints...

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Watercolor Whales

Let's experiment with watercolors. Today, we feel inspired to paint some whales from our imagination. Getting started You’ll need: Watercolor paper or thick paper (we used a paper plate) Watercolor paints Paint brushes A cup of water Paper towels (for dabbing your...

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Draw a Valentine

It's almost Valentine's Day, so let's draw a valentine. Julia - our volunteer - chose to make her valentine a cuddly bear. Tap into your imagination to draw whatever makes you happy. Getting started You’ll need: Sketchbook or some paper Colorful drawing instruments,...

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Draw an Ox & Year of the Ox Activities

We're coming up on the Year of the Ox, according to the Chinese zodiac calendar. Did you know the ox represents diligence and reliability? To get ready for the Chinese New Year - also known as Lunar New Year - on Feb. 12, try drawing an ox. It can be a cartoonish one...

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