Paint, Chalks and Pastels

A collection of our kids’ art projects and crafts that use paint, chalk, and pastels

Recycle some cardboard and explore simple building with these little love shack art projects for kids | via barley & birch

Make: Recycled Cardboard Love Shacks

‘Tis the season of luuuuv and have I got a sweetly spontaneous recycled art project for you today! These little recycled cardboard love shacks are an artful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and don’t require more than a few ordinary…

Use simple nature supplies to make your own DIY hanging holiday card holder. A festive activity for kids! | via barley & birch

Make: A Pinecone and Twig Holiday Card Display

Of all the holiday trinkets and trappings I own, the handmade projects & scraps of homemade treasures collected over the years are the ones I most look forward to pulling back out. Unboxing old notes, tiny finds, or the past…

These halftone collages are a great autumn or Thanksgiving art activity for kids | via barley & birch

Make: Stamped Halftone Leaf and Gourd Collages

These pop-y halftone leaf and gourd collages offer a new way to look at highlights and shadows (through the eyes of a graphic designer) while celebrating a few of November’s natural beauties and the joy of handmade art! Over the…

These DIY bendable bat sculptures make a frightfully fun Halloween art project for kids!

Make: DIY Bendable Bats and Mini Bat Sculptures

October has finally arrived – with its rustling leaves, gleaming gourds, grinning pumpkins. and colorful calico corn. Our nights have suddenly become dark, damp, and chilly, and the “WHO-WHO”-ing of owls, and howling of dogs sends a shiver up the…

Four of our shape stamp collages sitting on a violet background.

Make: Scrap Stamp Shape Collages For Kids

Dig into the recycling bin, save some plastic bits from the trash and grab a pile of that scrap paper you’ve been stashing away, because we’re making scrap stamp shape collages! Sometimes the very best projects come out of having…

Use a fun painting technique to create a gorgeous DIY monarch butterfly mask with your kids. Just add wings for the most gorgeous homemade Halloween costume!

Make: A DIY Painted Monarch Butterfly Mask

Did you know that between mid-spring and late fall, Monarchs produce FOUR generations of butterflies? The last group of Monarch butterflies usually emerge in November. Instead of living the same short life cycle of their predecessors, November Monarchs fly south…

This lovely bison art project for kids uses coffee grounds and unique painting techniques for a wonderful mixed media art lesson! | from barley and birch

Make: Coffee Ground Bison Art for Kids

This lovely bison art uses an unexpected supply to create rich color and unique texture: coffee! In addition to a cultural introduction to the Great Plains, this project is a fantastic way to experiment with the use of natural art supplies,…

A kids art project inspired by graphic designer Celestino Piatti. A great lesson in mark-making and mixed media that you can turn into garden art!

Make: Celestino Piatti-Inspired Garden Art for Kids

As a graphic designer myself, I’m always looking for ways to translate the work of some of my favorites into art projects that will work well for kids. There are a few designers I’ve run across whose work has instantly…