Art for your kids!

It’s the weekend…do you have plans? How will your children be spending their time?  How about with an art activity that is simple, fun and educational…

This little video from YouTube is a cute demonstration of a super easy, SUPER affordable creative activity for your little ones. With just 3 simple ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen (milk, dish soap, food coloring) your kids will be entertained endlessly with the magic of mixing colors and creating marbleized shapes and designs.  Plus it’s educational and enriching for all ages. What will they learn? Relationships between cause and effect, colors, color mixing, sensory integration, just to name a few.

Put the screens away and try this out!

Try this variation too:

  • food coloring and shaving cream (or whipped cream for an edible version): spread a layer of cream on a tray, drop some food coloring on top, swirl the colors with a toothpick, press some white paper down on the design. Remove the paper and wipe away the cream to see your designs on the page! Use the paper in crafts: make a book, make a collage, write a letter…the possibilities are endless.

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Does making art make you happier?

“…When you engage yourself artistically and use your imagination you can help regulate your blood pressure and your heart rate.”

About a year ago I came across a video on YouTube while looking up art projects to use with a group of adolescent girls at an outpatient treatment center. It’s a video posted by Soul Pancake in a series they did on the science of happiness.  If you haven’t seen Soul Pancake’s videos yet, you are missing out.  They are the perfect balance of inspiration, humor and education and this little number on art therapy became one of my favorite go to demonstrations on what art therapy is, how it can be applied in practice and how a simple reflective art exercise can literally make you feel better. Instantly. No lie. I’ve seen it happen time and again and this video captures that magic perfectly.

Check out the video for yourself and if the spirit moves you, give the exercise a try! We’d love to hear how it went for you! Write to us here or send us a picture or video through our website, http://www.whirledtree.org/contact-us.html

Make art and be happy!

Can Art Change People’s Lives?

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Street artist, JR seems to think so.  He has spent over a year facilitating the largest global art project probably ever by connecting people and communities through installation art and photography.  This TEDtalks video shares more of his mission and passion.  It is pretty inspirational and humbling to witness how one artist’s vision can change the world on a pretty massive scale and it aligns so fully with our mission at Whirled Tree Arts to connect people to people through creative experiences.

To learn more about JR’s project, check out www.insideoutproject.net where he invites us all to “stand up for what [we] care about by participating in a global art project…together we’ll turn the world… INSIDE OUT.”

A Quote to Inspire the Artist in Each of Us

Many people we’ve run into seem to think they aren’t artists because they can’t draw or paint anything more than a stick figure (at best).

At Whirled Tree Arts, we like to believe that if you can make a mark on a page then you can make art.  Our art is about the process, not the product.  What’s good art or bad art? What’s pretty versus ugly? If you had fun doing it, does it matter what it looks like? If it expresses a thought, feeling or idea that has value to you, then shouldn’t the image and the experience of making the image have value too?

As this quote states, the desire to create is a natural part of being human.  Don’t deny the urge! We dare you to pick up a pencil or pen and make a little something today. Perhaps it will be the best, most liberating stick figure you’ve made since you were twelve…