Welcome To My Colorful World!

Welcome to my colorful world. I am a happy (most of the time!) wife, mom, MeMaw, artist, and art teacher. I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I also love to create, cook, nest, decorate, entertain family and friends, laugh, collect vintage stuff, snuggle my cats and dog, play outdoors, and so much more! In addition to all this, I also publish an online magazine with my dear friend, called Mermaids of the Lake. Oh, and I love a big cup of coffee with cream, a dry martini, red wine, blingy jewelry, pink lipstick, blue fingernail polish. I love color! Beautiful colors inspire, motivate, and move me!!! What's my favorite color? I can't choose. I love them all! Yellow, pink, red, turquoise, blue, purple, orange, green and every variation in between!

Preschool Art

I teach a summer preschool art program at a local preschool and childcare facility. I love it!!!!!

Because this is a summer program, designed for kids who are mostly there for childcare, my students range in age from 2 1/2 to 5 years! The age-range does present a challenge. Because the classes are a mix of these ages, I must choose projects that all the children can do. The youngest kids may need a little extra help, but overall, they do great! You'd be amazed at what they can do!

Almost, if not all of these projects would be fun and really amazing for older children too!!!

Abstract Art, Line Drawing Necklaces
 with Shrinky Dinks
This was a fun and easy project. It would be great for all ages. With my group of preschoolers I just have to take care of the tracing, cutting, and of course, the shrinking in my toaster oven. Get instructions here

Handprint Owls
Children always seem to love projects with owls in them! These Handprint Owls were no exception. The parents loved them too because they were cute, creative, and a fun keepsake. Those little hands don't stay little for very long! See how we made them here.

Coffee Filter Snails
This is a fun, colorful and fairly easy art project for children of all ages. My preschoolers loved it! See how here.

Lollipop Flowers
This was such a fun project. My group of twenty preschool artists, ranging in age from not-yet-three to five all had great success and enjoyed the process. And, I love it when that happens and the end result is also something beautiful. See how tiny artists made these beautiful, colorful Lollipop flowers!

DIY Mixed-Media Collage Boxes
This was a super fun, sometimes messy, adventurous project for my group of mostly four-year-old children. Each step in the process was different and fully-enjoyed! I am THRILLED with the final results!!! Learn how we created them here.

DIY Mod Podge
Easy, quick, and dries fast! Perfect for a large group of
children and/or a limited budget. See how here.

Pet Monsters
This is a great project to help dispel the fear that most young children have of monsters. They love designing their own and making it their pet. Nothing scary about these silly monsters!
Learn how here

Butterfly Necklaces with Glitter
This was quick and easy. See how we did it here!

Little Monsters

This colorful, simple mask project was fun! The kids loved the process and the results.
See how we did it here!

Pretty Painted Peacocks
This is a fun project, similar to Eric Carl's style. It's also a great lesson in cool and warm colors. The kids and parents will love this beautiful peacock!
See how we did it here!

Crayons and Hot Rocks!

This was a super fun project and would be completely "worry-free" with older children. I did it with preschoolers, age 2 1/2 to 5!!! We had a nice all-ears-and-eyes-on-me talk before we began!
See how we did it here.

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