Portraits 2017

I always get a kick out of portrait making with kids whether we are studying the placement of the features  on the face for the first time or learning how to draw the actual shapes. It’s always interesting to see how young children approach creating a face at different developmental stages.

Our younger students (18M-4Y) were given pre-drawn face templates to choose from along with pre-drawn eyes and mouths. After choosing the template the younger children then colored in the eyes in mouth with marker and colored the face template with paint. We used Biocolor paint from Discount School Supplies because of it’s tacky quality it can be used as glue as well.

Throughout each class time we used mirrors to check our own face to  help the students recognize the features and their positions on faces. Prompting them with questions like “How many eyes do we have?” or “How many ears do you have and where are they?” or “Where does the nose go?” etc.

The older masters classes were given the templates only  as a reference to draw their own faces entirely. These were more geared towards self portraiture.

Face shape stencils were provided for students who needed a jumpstart.

Final products will vary!

Encourage them to paint in the backgrounds as well! Really makes the final results pop!

For masters classes we created shadow boxes to house the portraits, out of USPS shipping boxes. Just cut a rectangle shape out of one of the large flat sides. We used gesso to cover the text.

We then had the older kids glue on decorations to their boxes, using cut up straws, foam stickers, pom poms, and varied sequins.

We used double stick tape to place the masterpieces into their corresponding shadow box frames!

Celebrating Spring: Punchy Paper Garden


This little paper garden is perfect for spring and so fun for tiny hands. Using a variety of paper punches and recycled materials, each artist created their own unique garden.


  • Patterned Paper
  • Colored Construction Paper
  • Paper Punches
  • Glue Sticks
  • Recycled Cereal Box


First, the kiddos punch out a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes of paper. We used recycled butcher paper off the tables from previous weeks of printing and painting.




After exploring the different punches, it is time to start composing flowers. We had star, circle, heart, and a few flower-shaped punches in a variety of sizes making layering a lot of fun.


Now the recycled cereal box comes in handy! We used this as the “dirt” in our gardens. Because we used recycled materials, everyone’s dirt patch was a different size and even slightly different colors.


After adhering the dirt to the background construction paper, it is time to add stems. We also used a variety of greens made from paint strips, construction paper, and green painted paper.


Our Masters Class used white glue instead of glue sticks because they have the ability to control a line.


Once the stems are on, there was nothing stopping our tiny artists from putting on their punchy paper stars, and completing their sweet spring garden masterpieces!




Famous Artist III: O’Keeffe

This session exploring different artists. To explore an artist means we examine the work as a class, draw inspiration from the colors, content and techniques and then turn it into something of our own. For O’Keeffe we discussed the color palette she used in Oriental Poppies (1928), brush stroke size, and how big she painted the…

Celebrating Spring: Butterfly Pillows

Our Butterfly pillow project was a hit in our Masters (5Y+) class. We completed this project over the course of two hour long classes. Because we used a sewing machine, and a real needle and thread for this project, it might not be suitable for children under the age of five. Here is a similar project that requires a…

Celebrating Spring: Mixed Media Birds

This session we are celebrating spring! In this project we used a variety of materials to create fun and dimensional “birds in a nest”. Materials: Construction Paper Googly Eyes Feathers Twigs, Yarns, Paper Shreds, etc. Leaves (real, fabric, recycled art) Blue Tempera Paint White Cardstock or Construction Paper Optional: Large Circle Punch We opened with a reading…

Famous Artists I: Van Gogh Monotypes

Materials: cookie sheet washable tempera paint paper (I like white heavy weight construction or card stock) Use your hands like “Kitty paws”. This is how the paint looks before we press the paper. What your are making is a “Monotype” which means it will be a one-of-a-kind print. I like to show examples of Van…

Magnetic Plate Places

For this project, we summoned all our imaginative powers to create a special land or adventure place we would like to travel. We traveled these space with little magnetic characters, also of our own creation. Materials: Sturdy Paper Plates Markers Paintbrushes (optional) Magnets Big Popsicle Sticks Hot Glue and Gun Here is our lovely intern,…

Spin Art Plate Chain

We are big fans of Spin Art at Studio Sprout. This is a total studio favorite! Recently we revisited Spin Art  with a twist. Call it a Hanger, a Mobile…maybe  Garland, or Bunting, We like to call it a plate chain. It’s just plain fun to make AND visually stunning. Materials: Dried Spin Art Plates Hole…

Art & Science: Gravity

At Studio Sprout we love ART! But science is a close second so we have been exploring those passions in the studio. Our focus this week was gravity. We investigated gravity and its effects with splatter painting and cardboard tube engineering. Our three Gravity projects included: Splat/Drop Painting Marble Run Engineering A reading of Gravity by Jason Chin Materials:…

Spring Cling – A twist on your average Suncatcher

This week at Studio Sprout, we were soaking up the mid-winter sunshine, and thought our art should too! We made tissue paper and glue Suncatchers. Materials: Transparency Sheets No bleed Tissue Paper Clear Glue (Recommended) A Tray, for the glue mess We uses the transparency to “build upon” and the trays are to  contain the…