When do you hear about leprechauns, pots of gold, and wearing green? St. Patrick's Day, of course. We've collected some fun ways to celebrate this day with your kids.
Have you ever looked at a work of art and thought, "Wow! I wish I could do that!" Almost everyone has! Famous artists only get famous because of one thing...persistence! Actually, three things: persistence, practice, and patience!
Michelangelo did not just roll out of bed one day and decide to paint the Sistine Chapel. He perfected his art over many, many years! It's the same way with IDO3D Vertical - you may not get it right away, but keep practicing and you will.
Here's an example of works of art made from people who just started and some who have been practicing for quite a while:
See what you can do if you practice?! We have all kinds of tip, tricks, and project videos on www.createin3d.com.
Here's our Tips Video! Watch and enjoy!
Here's a roundup of winter crafts from preschoolers to tweens! Make the most of these cold days by doing something "artsy"!
Small hands have a hard time managing the scissors...make these super simple snowflakes with a just a few supplies and no stress!
These cute snow globes are made by painting with pompoms! Cotton balls may work, too!
This requires more work for mom and dad, but look how cute it is! The grandparents would love this, too!
This craft requires a special purchase of artificial snow, but older kids will love the way this looks and feels! Get the supplies ready and surprise them with this cool craft!
If you have salt, flour, and a microwave, these snowflakes can be yours!
Salt + Watercolor Snowflakes - All Ages
Older AND younger kids will love to make this beautiful art piece full of color and texture.
Need some things for your kids to do when the snow has piled up and the temperatures have dropped? We found some great activities for you to try!
Paint the Snow!
This uses just 3 items!
Powder Tempera Paint (Washable)
Remove the top of the bottle and add powdered paint to each bottle, fill with water, replace the lid, and shake to mix. Have fun "painting" the snow!
Snow Ice Cream
What better dessert than snow ice cream? It's so simple, too!
- Plenty of fresh, white, new-fallen snow (probably around 10 cups)
- 10 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Large bowl
- measuring cup
- wooden spoon
- freezer-proof container for storing your leftovers
Mix well and serve immediately! It will melt quickly!
Snow Day Bingo
This great website has a FREE snow day bingo game to print out! Try it out and see what you think!
What a great idea! Use snow for science instead of a text book! What type of salt melts snow faster? What does food coloring do to snow? Try out these simple, but fun, science experiments.
It's that time a year again! Time for turkey, dressing, family, and being thankful! How can you celebrate this holiday and have the kids participate in a fun way? Crafts, of course!
Construction Paper Turkeys
Cute and easy!
Paper Plate Turkey Craft Using Tissue Paper
Fun and simple!
We know...glue and glitter?! Really?! Yes! It will keep the kids entertained forever!
Egg Carton Turkeys
These are just too cute!
What are YOUR favorite Thanksgiving crafts?
Some of these works of 3D art are so incredible, it's hard to believe they aren't real! Take a look and see what you think!
A 3D Pen for Kids
When I first found out that IDO3D came out with a pen you could draw VERTICALLY I was so excited to try it out! Coming from an art background the thought of getting my drawing off the paper into the air was fascinating to me. When you first open the kit you find the pens (4 included in this kit), drawing tips, the light that cures the ink, plastic sheets to draw on, as well as 3D shapes to draw on and help mold different things. PLUS there is a big two sided guide as well as directions.
Is IDO3D Vertical difficult to use?
I didn’t think so and while we didn’t make anything amazing, we also didn’t follow the directions and just created what ever popped into our heads. At one point my son asked me to make a bug, which you can see in the video. We just had fun and didn’t expect to create any masterpiece. Although, if you were determined, I bet you could make some amazing stuff! IDO3D art also has FREE art courses where you can learn even more about this medium and all the different things you can do with it!
Who’s The IDO3D Vertical 3D Pen For?
It wasn’t just me who wanted to try this out because my entire family got into it. We were all fascinated by the magic of drawing up in the air. This takes creativity to a whole new level! While using it, it reminded me of drawing, but also of my pottery classes I took to get my BFA (Bachelors in Fine Arts). The act of slowly bringing it higher and higher in the air was oddly similar to raising a vase on the pottery wheel.
Even our toddlers tried it out, but realistically I think older kids would get more out of it. Although, our toddlers were amazed by the process. It’s definitely something I’m glad they got to experience. I think it’s a good lesson that ALL things are possible!
Disclaimer: I received this product for free and was compensated for my time. All my opinions are my own. Please read my disclosure policy.
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Forget those problem sets! Get your kids psyched about STEM with interactive toys they can make at home. They'll be amazed to see science, technology, engineering, and math in action in a setting that feels nothing like school.Get templates and instructionsat familyfunmag.com/printables.
Your child will be delighted to see this silly pal teeter on his tiny toothpick point!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED- Wine cork- Two 12-inch bamboo skewers- Toothpick- Modeling clay- Decorations (like paper, googly eyes, and paint)
WHAT TO DO
1. Place the cork upright on your work surface. Press the pointy end of a skewer into one side of the cork at a 45-degree angle (the ends should point up); repeat on the opposite side. Press the toothpick into the top center of the cork.
2. Roll two equal-size balls of modeling clay and press them onto the ends of the skewers. Decorate the cork as desired.
3. Place the tip of the toothpick on your finger to see if the toy balances. If it leans to one side, adjust the angles of the skewers until it stands up straight.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Every object has a center of gravitythe point where its mass is evenly distributed. Because the clay balls are heavier than the cork, they bring the center of gravity to the bottom of the toothpick. In order for the toy to "stand," the weight of the balls must also be in balance: Adjusting the skewers helps to compensate for any difference in size and allows Buddy to stay centered.
Surprise: The whole robot moves with the pull of a string! Make a couple and put on a show.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED- Paint and paintbrush- A piece of cardboard cut into thirteen 1-inch-wide strips: four 10-inch pieces, four 5-inch pieces, one 4-inch piece, and four 3-inch pieces- Construction paper- Pencil- Scissors- Hole punch- 1-inch-capacity brads- Glue- 6-inch piece of string
WHAT TO DO
1. Paint one side of each cardboard piece black; let dry. Trace the robot-face template onto construction paper and cut out; fold as directed.
2. Following the template, punch holes in the cardboard pieces and connect the face and cardboard pieces with brads. Score the 4-inch piece of cardboard into sections, then fold it into a T and glue to the back of the puppet; let dry.
3. Tie the string to the bottom-most brad. Hold the puppet by the handle and pull on the string to get the arms and legs moving.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Each brad acts as a fulcrum, creating a pivot point for the pieces of cardboard it's connecting. But because each piece of cardboard attaches to another one, the pressure (effort) you apply to the first one is transferred to the rest, making everything move at once.
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Ready for Rio! Aly Raisman will captain the United States women’s gymnastics team for the second consecutive Summer Olympics.
USA Gymnastics revealed via Twitter on Saturday, July 23, that Raisman, 22, will lead fellow teammates Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles, Madison Kocian and Laurie Hernandez at the 2016 competition in Rio de Janeiro next month.
Raisman previously led the U.S. women’s gymnastics team to win gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where she took home three Olympic medals.
Since then, the athlete says she feels like a totally different person. “It feels like the  Olympics were forever ago, but at the same time, I can’t believe it’s already almost been four years,” Raisman told Us Weekly in November 2015. “It’s really, really crazy. Time definitely flies but I definitely feel older and more mature and I’m really excited for the next few months.”
“It’s just amazing because she’s so strong,” Douglas, 20, told ABC News of the captain on July 11. “To have her just lead this team, we’ve been there, and for us to be back on this road together is just amazing and kind of different because we were on the same team and now we’re on the same team again. It’s just a special bond.”
Raisman is a four-time medalist at the world championships. She also finished as a runner-up — behind Biles, 19 — in the individual all-around earlier this year at the Pacific Rim Championships.
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First, my friend caught a Charmander at a supermarket. Then the flood started: Digletts on a steering wheel. Rhyhorn at the bar. Magikarp on a frying pan. They're all Pokémon to catch, part of a new game called Pokémon Go. Youve probably heard of it, but what is it, and why is everyone obsessed with it?
Pokémon is the portmanteau of pocket monsters, and an insanely popular franchise with a just as insanely long history. In Pokémon, monsters roam the lands, and your job is to find, capture, and train them. Then you put them in battle against other players. Growing up, I played the heck out of the original Pokémon games on the Nintendo Game Boy, and followed those adventures through a few more generations of handheld game console. I collected the trading cards and obsessed over the (still running) TV series. Fortunately, you dont need any previous Pokémon experience to enjoy Pokémon Go.
Pokémon Go is a free-to-play mobile app that you can download for iOS or Android. Its free to download and start playing, but you have the option to use real money to buy in-game currency called PokéCoins. (Between $0.99 for 100 PokéCoins and up to $99.99 for 14,500.) Those PokéCoins are used to purchase Pokéballs, the in-game item you need to be able to catch Pokémon. Now you don't have to spend real money, but that simply means you need to pay with your time and energy (which is the fun of it, anyway!).
The game works by using your phones GPS for your real-world location and augmented reality to bring up those cool-looking Pokémon on your screen, overlaid on top of what you see in front of you. And you - the digital you - can be customized with clothing, a faction (or team of players you can join) and other options, and you level up as you play.
I've watched my friends excitedly whip out their phones whenever we walk a couple of yards down the street, round a corner, or enter a new place, in search of new Pokémon. If the timing is right, wild Pokémon leap out at you, giving you have a chance to catch them with a Pokéball. When you capture a Pokémon, it gets added to your Pokédex, a sort of Pokémon database, where you can personalize them later. And then the fun part: You can go to your local gym and battle your Pokémon against other trainers (also real people).
PokéStops, on the other hand, are usually predetermined landmarks that you can interact with and get items from. Some of these items will further your ability as a trainer, or simply draw tons of other excited Pokémon Go players to your location. All in all, Pokémon Go gives you a lot of things to do, but one of the biggest appeals is its social aspect.
Michelangelo Buonarroti, a famous Renaissance artist, sculptor, poet, and architect, was born on March 6, 1475, in Caprese, Italy. His mother was in failing health when he was born, and his parents decided to entrust the care of Michelangelo to the wife of a stonecutter who lived in a town where his father owned a marble quarry and a small farm. Michelangelo's mother died when he was 6 years old.
From childhood Michelangelo was drawn to the arts. However, his father considered this pursuit below the family's social status and tried to discourage him. Michelangelo's father recognized his son's intelligence and enrolled him in school to prepare him for a career in business. Michelangelo showed no interest in his schooling, preferring to copy paintings from churches.
In time, Michelangelo became an apprentice of Italian painter Domenico Ghirlandaio. Ghirlandaio was so impressed with the work of his apprentice, that he recommended him to the ruler of Florence, Lorenzo de’ Medici. Michelangelo studied in de’ Medici’s workshop for three years, concentrating on sculpture and anatomy. During these years, Michelangelo gained new perspectives on art and met many prominent figures in art and literature. He also painted his first important works, Madonna of the Steps (1490–1492) and Battle of the Centaurs (1491–1492).
Lorenzo de' Medici died in 1492, and the Medici family fell from power. As a result, Michelangelo decided to return to Florence for a short time prior to moving to Rome. n 1497, he sculpted Bacchus, The Roman God of Wine. Bacchus would prove one of Michelangelo’s only works involving a pagan, rather than Christian subject.
He was next commissioned to sculpt a marble depiction of Jesus resting in Mary’s arms after the Crucifixion. It is called Pieta and was made for the Cardinal’s funeral monument. Today, Pieta can be viewed today in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.
In 1501, Michelangelo returned to Florence. Recognized, as the most talented sculptor of central Italy, he was commissioned tto complete a marble statue of David started by Agostino di Duccio. The statue was to be a symbol of the Florentine Republic. When he finished the statue in 1504, it stood over 14 feet tall. The statue was immediately recognized as a masterpiece, and is considered one of Michelangelo’s two greatest sculptures.
Seven years later he received one of his most important commissions when Pope Julius II asked him to paint the 12,000 square foot ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Working on scaffolding high above the chapel floor, Michelangelo painted over 400 life-sized figures on the ceiling by 1512. The ceiling features nine scenes from the Book of Genesis, seven Old Testament prophets, and five sibyls (characters from Greek mythology). Of the Old Testament scenes, the Creation of Adam is the most renowned.
In the 1520’s and 1530’s, Michelangelo worked on several major projects including the largest fresco (painting) of the Renaissance period, The Last Judgment. This painting took seven years to complete. Around 1546, at the age of 71, Michelangelo was commissioned as architect of St. Peter’s Basilica and designed its dome.
Michelangelo never married and remained in a relative state of solitude for most of his life. As he grew older, he enjoyed this solitude more and more. In 1564, Michelangelo died of a “slow fever”. He was buried in front of a large crowd in Santa Croce in Florence.
Oscar-Claude Monet was a founder of French Impressionist painting. The term "Impressionism" is derived from the title of his painting Impression, soleil levant, (Impression, Sunrise). Impressionist painters tended to paint most of their paintings outdoors and liked to portray subjects in nature like trees, fields, and oceans. The style was called impressionism because the artists didn’t feel they had to present a realistic picture. Instead, they used short brush strokes and applied thick layers of paint to create the idea, or the “impression”, of a subject.
Born in 1840 in Paris, his parents moved the family to Normandy in 1845. His mother was a singer, and his father, a grocer, wanted him to go into the family business. Monet had other plans…he wanted to become an artist. When he was around 10 years old, he started selling charcoal caricatures (exaggerated pictures of people) for 10 to 20 francs a piece. Pretty good for a 10 year old!
His mother died when he was around 17 years old, and he moved to Paris to study at the Acadamie Suisse. He was only there for a year before he was drafted into the army. He came down with typhoid fever and was in the army a few years before he was able to come back home.
Claude Monet, now married to a lady named Camille, moved to London in 1870 when war broke out in Paris. He painted several paintings of Camille and the couple had two sons together, Jean and Michel.
During this time, he became friends with several other artists - Pierre Renoir, Edouard Manet, and Camille Pissarro. This quartet of talented artists formed the Society of Anonymous Painters, Sculptors, and Printers.
Their first art exhibition wasn’t loved by the critics. This was where the term “Impressionism” was coined. It was meant as an insult to the artists. The critics were saying that their art wasn’t a real reflection of the world, just an “impression” of it. The artists carried on with their new type of art. They were trying to create art in a new way, after all!
Monet eventually became the most famous artist in France. He is considered one of the most influential and loved artists of all time.
The short story:
Vincent Willem van Gogh ( (March 30, 1853 – July 29, 1890) was a Dutch post-impressionist painter.
The long story:
Vincent van Gogh was born in the Netherlands in 1853. He had two brothers and three sisters. He was especially close to his younger brother, Theo. His father and grandfather were ministers, but some other family members worked in the art world.
Vincent enjoyed drawing from the time he was a young boy, but wasn’t a full time artist until later in his life. He had many jobs in his life. He taught in London, he was a minister, he worked in a book store, he worked in an art gallery, and he was also a missionary. But at the age of 27, van Gogh decided to become a full time artist.
Vincent van Gogh wrote often to his closest sibling, Theo. Theo worked in an art gallery in Paris and helped support Vincent's art career by sending him money and encouragement. Theo also tried help by selling Vincent's paintings. This was hard, because no one would buy them.
Early on in his career, van Gogh used a lot of dark colors such as browns and dark greens. He sketched pictures using pencils or charcoal sticks, and occasionally some watercolors as well. His main subjects were poor, hardworking people and the paintings were usually serious and melancholy.
His most famous early painting was called The Potato Eaters. It was a dark picture of a peasant family eating potatoes for dinner.
Around this time, he began to become interested in Impressionism. He moved to Paris to study this type of painting. The Impressionist artists wanted to capture a moment in time. Details were not as important – light and color of the moment were the focus. Working quickly to capture the light before it changed, they usually used quick brush strokes and unmixed color. Unusual visual angles and common everyday subjects were the norm. Some famous impressionist painters are Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, and his friend, Paul Gauguin.
He started to use more oil paints and brighter, more vibrant colors. Moving to sunny Arles, France with his friend, Paul Gaugin, reinvigorated his mind and his paintings became more joyful and intense. Sometimes he used so much paint, his painting would take weeks to dry! He soon became obsessed with art. He would paint non-stop and created hundreds of paintings during this time.
Things weren’t perfect for long. After an argument with his friend, Paul Gauguin, van Gogh went home and cut off part of his left ear with a razor blade. He then wrapped up the ear in a cloth and presented it to a woman as a "present". Van Gogh was starting to deteriorate mentally.
In 1889 van Gogh could barely take care of himself and committed himself to a mental hospital. It was during this time that he painted one of his most famous paintings Starry Night. Many of his paintings during this time featured cypress trees and lots of swirling colors.
Sadly, on July 29, 1890 he died from a self-inflicted bullet wound to the chest.
As is common with “famous” artists, he wasn’t famous during his lifetime. Today he is considered one of the greatest, most influential artists of his time. Many of his paintings sell for millions of dollars today. There are over 800 surviving oil paintings as well as over a thousand water colors and sketches of his work
What do you think of his art? What is your favorite Van Gogh painting?
Jackson Pollock was an influential American painter, and the leading force behind the abstract expressionist movement in the art world. This type of art was popular after World War II and was developed in New York.
What does “abstract expressionist” mean? Abstract means something isn’t concrete or easily defined. Impressionism, in the art world, means the art was freely brushed without defined edges and brush strokes. Which of these paintings do you think it “abstract Impressionism”?
If you said "Reflection of the Big Dipper", you're right! This piece of art is by Jackson Pollock. Can you see the differences in the style of paintings? "The Starry Night" is by Vincent van Gogh, a "post-impressionist" painter. "Water Lilies" is by Claude Monet, the founder of French Impressionist painting. Don't worry - we'll discuss them in another article.
Below are several more paintings by Jackson Pollock. What do you think? How would you describe them?
Jackson Pollock started using synthetic resin-based paints called alkyd enamels. No one really used these for painting art back then; this was a new concept. In fact, today we would use these type of paints for glossy floor coverings or in spray paints.
Pollock’s method of painting has been called “action painting” or “drip painting”. He used hardened brushes, sticks, and even basting syringes as paint applicators. Pollock would place his canvases on the floor and pour, drip, and sling paint onto the canvas while walking around it.
What do you see when you look at his art? Do you like this type of art?