Crazy Colorful Collage

“Crazy, Colorful Collage” was so much fun!  The kids painted their own collage papers then ripped, tore and stripped it into usable collage pieces.  Everyone created amazing art work and had a ball…. regardless of whether they were four or seven!  Come join us this year for more creative collage fun!  This camp will be offered again this summer during week 8 (August 1-5). Register now for a week full of fun!

Summer art camp for kids - Crazy Colorful Collage

At top, paper for use in collage. At the bottom are several collage works in progress.

Summer Art Camp for Kids - Crazy Colorful Collage

Creating a collage- deciding which colors and shapes to use and where to glue them.

Summer Art Camp for Kids - Crazy Colorful Collage

A large collage in progress.

Summer Art Camp for Kids - Crazy Colorful Collage

A student uses a variety of brushes to create the desired effects for the paper.


Milking the Paint Cow

Ever seen a cow give green or pink milk?  The children, ages 4 and 5, in “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” got to milk the very artistic Elsa who gave a different color milk each day.  They also had fun giving her a fresh new appearance.  Every cow needs a ninja turtle on her belly!




Fashion Week – 2015

Last week fashion ruled Art First!  From knitting to sewing the school was abuzz with creativity, originality and fun!  The students learned to finger knit while creating a dragon and made an amazing infinity scarf while knitting with their arms only…no needles!  They created their own knitting needles complete with original Sculpey clay toppers and began work on a colorful poof!  It was amazing to see their creativity, concentration and complete love for this fiber art!

Our students also spent the week in Fashion Design. They planned, created, designed and learned to sew.  Simple white and black tee shirts were transformed into chic tops with scissors, block printing, appliques and great imagination.  The girls’ outfits were completed with a simple wrap skirt finished off with colorful trim.  Headbands and hats were also on the week’s creative agenda as well as design contests creating garments from the myriad of colorful materials and trims.  The designs were amazing!

They topped off their week with a stroll down the red carpet to the appreciative applause of parents and peers!  It was fabulous!  Who knows!  The next great designer may have gotten their start this week!



Giraffes, Oh My!

Giraffes are coming to Art First! Not the stately tall ones that amble across the lawn munching on tree vegetation; but whimsical ones adorned in color, pattern and texture. No ordinary giraffes here…just fun, creative creatures that elicit smiles from all!

These endearing works of art will begin life on wood and evolve into towering four feet tall mixed media creations. Just like real giraffes, no two will be alike. However, they will be sporting coats of amazingly bright spots.

I’ve been having fun preparing for the class, experimenting with colors and different techniques, and trying out new products. Take a look at what’s in my studio now. The kids are going to have so much fun this summer planning, painting, collaging and creating amazing giraffes!

This class will be held Week 5 (July 6-10, 2015) for ages 8-10 and 11-14.

I can’t wait to see the creativity of the kids.

Tea Party

Ladies wear hat and gloves to a tea party. So did the young ladies and gentlemen at an Art First Tea Party…but they made their own! Tall, handsome top hats and large brimmed, floppy hats, all in a rainbow of hues, adorned the heads of the tea party invitees. The students had so much fun creating their multicolored hats with liquid watercolors. The young ladies even had special “fittings’ for their creations. Gorgeous placemats in a circle design were painted with acrylic paint and then trimmed to perfection. The students also had fun creating decorative plates, clay cups and saucers, silverware, and, of course, teapots to be used in hours of imaginative play. They even embellished their gloves with jewels and lace and learned the proper way to drink tea…pinkies up!

Now it was time for the “pièce de résistance”…the tea party!

Who wouldn’t have been excited to put on their best dress, or pants and shirt, don hats and gloves, and head off to a tea party – the highlight of a week of creativity and fun! The table was set with their own place settings, flowers adorned the table, watercolor hot balloon lanterns hung above the table…and there was food…finger sandwiches, fruit and pastries…and tea! Polite ladies and gents served themselves and enjoyed music and great conversation with friends while the adults marveled at their accomplishments. What fun! We’ll be having tea parties again! Wanna’ come?

Drawing Giggles

Listen to the giggles! Watch the smiles! They’re totally engaged, having fun, and drawing with the passion and exuberance of a four or five year old! Big round faces, curly hair, eyebrows, eyes, and eyelashes, eyelashes! Gotta have a nose! Is it round or long? Mouths are necessary too. Is it smiling, frowning or zig zagged? Are there vampire teeth inside? Don’t forget the ears! What an absolutely amazing way to create, learn, and have fun! What an inspiring way to teach!

Drawing Giggles

Creating Collage Masterpieces

Collages are so much fun to create…especially if original painted papers are used to create the images.  But, how can plain paper be turned into vibrant colors with lots of texture?  Our students discovered the answer!  They had fun learning a new technique while experimenting with a gelatin-like printing plate.  First, they rolled brilliantly pigmented paints onto the surface with a brayer.  Next, designs and textures were created using stamps, texturizing tools, bubble wrap, grids, and even their fingers.  Exploring with different objects for texture was quite a learning experience…and fun!  Then a sheet of paper was placed over their paint creation, gently rubbed, and then pulled from the plate…hence the term “pulled a print”.  Each monoprint was a unique surprise and the “ghost prints, prints pulled from the left over paint on the plate, were quite interesting too.  We could have printed all week long and even framed some of their gorgeous prints…but we didn’t!

We used them to create collaged masterpieces!  The students chose their favorite animal to collage and began drawing pencil sketches…no detailed drawing needed…just a rough sketch.  They experimented with collage techniques:  how to tear paper without hard edges, how to tear it with white edges…and without white edges.  They learned how to lay down a thin layer of glue, apply their torn bits and pieces, and then seal with another thin layer of glue.  They experimented with color and value:  What makes the eyes pop?  How can I make the wings look translucent? They talked to their peers and instructor.  They problem solved.  They learned from each other.  The tables were covered with torn paper in all shapes and sizes.  Creativity was happening.  They “painted” with paper and the results are stunning!

“Everything You Can Imagine Is Real”

Art First Inc. wants your children to experience the joy of creating…

to play and have fun

to dig into a ball of clay

to create an imaginary creature with polka dotted hair

to become a princess or the knight in shining armor

to paint with their hands…and their feet

to draw crazy faces

to march with the Stormtroopers

to build incredible wooden structures

to sip tea with their pinkies in the air

to run an Olympic race and win a medal

to write a silly book

to become a Superhero

to ride on a flying carpet

to collage an amazing tiger

to stack birds on top of birds

to dream, to imagine, to enjoy!

Art First Inc. wants children to develop their creative imaginations…

through play…

through art…

through exploring…

through wonder…

There are no mistakes…

just fabulous opportunities for creativity…

blobs become a tiger.

smears become asteroids,

and lines take walks and end up bringing smiles!

Come join us!