only I could sit down
to all my grown-up art tools
and create with the
of a child once more".
Alum Creek Elementary School have a gallery
of children's art to die for. The
cave art in this collection will inspire you to ensure that
it is not only these first graders who have all the fun. Another
student gallery worth visiting is Taylors
By the time you have finished exploring
the galleries at these schools you will be rushing to pull out your
art gear and attempt some of the projects that they were set.. Frankly,
if my primary school teachers had this much imagination, had told
me that anyone who makes art is an artist, I might have advanced
more quickly and walked an artistic path a whole lot earlier.
The galleries of John
Burkhardt and Adriana
Hardy provide proof of the talent of these children. One of
the activities John's mother, Cheryl, suggests is to paint a mural
on your living room wall or hide a bad spot on your carpet with
a little art. Canadian Stephanie Hansen does this sort of painting
in style. At the time when my husband was so ill after his bowel
operation she redecorated her laundry and dedicated her inspirational
painting to him.
1. Material is perfect for creating a
dreamy atmosphere such as a canopy or a fort. Get into the mood
by making yourself a canopy to cover your art table.
Remember those elementary, primary school
rooms that had so many bits and pieces hanging all over the place?
There is no reason why you cannot add atmosphere to your work area
by making bright things. Be like one primary school teacher I know
and make the entrance to your workroom in the shape of a shark.
Enter through its jaws.
City of Imaginatia is a companion site to the Creativity Portal
and a place for all kids at heart to enjoy a virtual world of fun
and creativity. Slip in and be inspired and guided. Crayola
Creativity Central and CreARTivity
are other destinations for anyone who is wanting to rediscover their
childhood artist self. Make sure you click and have a look at the
3. " Get out those box of Crayons
(do you have the 8 pack or the giant 64 pack?) and do a journal
page - or two or three - using just Crayons (ok, you can add paint
and other stuff too, but start out with the crayons). There's something
about that familiar green and yellow box of Crayolas that just screams
PLAY!" Jeannine Perigrine
journal page courtesy of Jeannine Perigrine
4. Get out the paints and create a mural
on a tired wall. Alternatively, wallpaper with pages from magazines.
Hair, who filled my childhood with magic, had a tiny attic whose
walls he had papered with images from magazines. To this day I recall,
with pleasure, the joy of lying on the bed gazing in wonder at the
walls and ceiling that were so colourfully papered. Another possibility
is to cover your wall with old game boards. Looks stunning.
I got a lot of ideas from Toy
Mobile so pop in and have a look at their supplies. Looking
at Toy Mobiles catalogue will be enough to get the child in you
screaming to have some fun.