10 ideas for your stamp

This article displays many ideas how you can use your self-made stamp: Design postcards, add speech bubbles, leave notes, design stickers, make a personal desktop image, make a candle light, share your work. There are so many things you can do with your stamps! If you are an art teacher, I can't wait to read which ideas you find inspiring for your art teaching and in what way you use them!

Let's be Inventors!

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." P. Picasso 

I love this quote. It pays respect to their drawings, sculptures and performances; it highlights their superiority when it comes to creativity and it asks us to respect children's explorations of the world (artists make messy or absurd things sometimes!). And the best of all: it tells us that we can ALL be artists. So, listen to the artist within you, even if you are a bit out of practice! In this post I introduce the wonderful project "Inventors!" by the artist and designer Dominic Wilcox, whose approach to children and their imaginative ideas is similar.

Convert your Kid's Mess into Art!

I hugely enjoy watching children when they are immersed in role-plays with every day objects. But when they are done playing, they often just leave the objects where they are and we parents are just annoyed by the mess that is left behind. Yet, sometimes, the left-behind scenes are really worth a second look. Next time before you ask your kids to tidy up, use their brilliant imagination for your own benefit and turn their mess into art!

Collage Fun: This will get you hooked!!

What do you do with a paper bin at home or in the art room when it is full of colourful remnants of children’s experiments: wild paintings and bright snippets. Do you really throw everything away? To be honest, I sometimes find myself fishing in the paper bin, when expressive brushstrokes or lavish colours catch my attention, because you can create such cool collages with those discarded paintings. Below I show you how you can create wonderful pictures in a fun child-parent art collaboration. This activity is mainly about letting go. You and your child will love it!

"Hochtisch"

This article is the first post in the category “Terrific Teacher Traditions” which is about all those charming and cool art teachers' traditions out there. Motto: Art teachers rock! This post introduces the “Hochtisch”, a special setting to come together with art ed students or your favourite colleagues.

Guerilla Art: arrows, notes and additions

Making guerilla art is exciting and fun!

I love the way it makes you become a more active participant of the culture you’re living in. This is also what makes it so valuable to high school students: when they are introduced to guerilla art strategies they explore their school with different, more participating eyes. When they are asked to leave behind small guerilla art interventions in school buildings, they develop and make visible a remarkable sense for funny details and can throw their own critical or humorous light at school, which I find very refreshing!

You will be interested in this article, if you want to know more about guerilla art at school or if you want to know how you can turn into a guerilla artist yourself with the help of small children!  

My Kid: A Guerilla Artist’s Best Coach!

Teachers, employers, media – all ask us to “BE CREATIVE!“

This blog post is the first of a series of articles that look with admiration at children and their imagination and shows how children can teach us to be more creative. It demonstrates how children can become your creative source to make Guerilla Art, an art form that intervenes in public places asking pedestrians to perceive their environment a bit differently.

Welcome!

Welcome to art sparks, a new blog about art education and family creativity!

The idea to start this blog came to me after chatting with my wonderful art teacher colleagues, who do such amazing jobs unleashing creativity in their art classes. Being too busy to share their fantastic ideas on the Internet themselves, I want to provide a site that features art teachers’ successes, questions and tips. We celebrate the art teacher spirit!

In addition to that, this blog is also about family creativity: As an art teacher you often hear people saying things like, “I’d love to do art, but I’m just too busy” or, “I can't draw! So I don’t”. This blog will provide simple methods and surprising ideas for everyone who wants to experience more artful moments in every day life.

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