Remember those paper snowflakes you made in school (or maybe your children still bring them home every year)? They’re pretty and fun to make, but we suggest you put away the white paper and the scissors this year—or, at the very least, strongly consider adding these projects to the mix. Yes, those traditional cutouts are beautiful, but these fun DIY holiday decorations provide a lot more intrigue for a similar amount of effort. You’ll be surprised by what ordinary items can be transformed into beautifully intricate snowflakes. Clothespins become dazzling tree ornaments, reinforcement stickers (yes, that utilitarian item you’ve had tucked in your drawer forever) become gorgeous gift tags, ribbon helps to transform an inexpensive throw pillow into seasonal décor, paper straws turn into whimsical window hangings, and more. What’s even better? All of these fun crafts can be completed in an hour or less (many even faster). Minimal supplies are required, too. In fact, we’re willing to bet you already own a large portion of these items. So crack open the door to your craft closet, grab friends or family, and get to work (if you can even call it that!). Soon your home will be a winter wonderland.
Distance learning is tough for art teachers. Tough, but not impossible. It just requires a little more thought and flexibility on your part for planning art projects. If this is your first time experiencing it, give yourself some room to make mistakes.
Shanghai artist "Red" Hong Yi, enjoys finding all sorts of interesting ways to draw...without any traditional drawing utensils. She previously created a portrait of NBA icon Yao Ming by bouncing a basketball dipped in paint, and recently perfected a means of using the rings left by a coffee mug. The results are incredibly detailed, and her ability to find contrast in the color values and intensity is amazing: She says, "Quite a tricky medium to use...Too much water and the rings wouldn't form easily, very little water and you'd have to be precise with where you place the cup...
Since my childhood I always loved bubbles and water drops. For some reason, I find beauty in them. So as