The Door of our carpenter’s shop in Bogotá, Colombia.
Working with Paola, our head painter.
Practicing lines on Mother Teresa from our new Peace Makers set.
Our line-up of dolls, making some tweaks on sizing.
Our little boy hopped up to our painting station :)
Gandhi, Harriet Tubman, and Mother Teresa.
Juan and I have been working hard in the studio on all of your custom and standard peg dolls! We are super excited for the holiday season and look forward to working on some awesome dolls for you! Click on the photographs below for links to purchase your own custom or standard peg dolls.
We have been hard at work lately creating some personalized peg doll wedding cake toppers for our awesome customers. Are you interested in having us paint your cake toppers? We would love to work with you! Please click here for more info.
We were beyond thrilled to host our first ever Goose Grease themed birthday party!
Every girl received one of our Goose Grease DIY Kits to help them get started with their crafts.
We also taught the girls how to sculpt their own 3D buns, which they all did super well!
The girls were so talented and concentrated that it made our job much easier.
We loved the fact that Mom was also enjoying the craft session!
Unbelievably beautiful dolls came out of it!
And in the end, we gave each girl their own little doll, so they could take home a reminder of such a special day! Are you planning a birthday party in NYC this Fall? Contact us at email@example.com!
It is my pleasure to re-introduce our guest blogger Sandra Meadows with an awesome book-based art project for the little ones. Sandra has a delicious food blog, Meadows Cooks where she shares her love for food with healthy, unique recipes. I love this Honey Brioche Loaf and these Chocolate Scones look absolutely amazing! Sandra works at the Whitney Museum and we are so happy to have her expertise here on our blog. Here we go!
Always on the look out for new ways to engage our children in the arts and reading, Anna and I came up with the idea of an elementary school book club, where we focus on one story per week. We have each participating child read the story before we meet, and then we read it while everyone is assembled together. After we read the story we discuss certain topics about the book, the conflict, and the solution of the story. Once done with this short discussion we have the kids make a craft about the story.
For our first book, Caps For Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina, I decided to focus on the main conflict of the story: when the peddler finds that his caps have been taken by monkeys, into the tree. We made trees out of paper bags and glued the caps, made from coffee filters and watercolor paint, onto the branches. Here’s how we did it:
What you will need:
Brown paper bags
White coffee filters
Watercolor paint or food coloring
pipettes or droppers
To assemble the tree, first cut slits in the open end of the bag toward the first fold. Stop at the fold.
Then place the bottom gusset of the bag on the table and twist the rest of the bag around itself to form the trunk of the tree. Then twist two or three slits together to form the branches.
To make the cap, place the coffee filter down on a tray and wet it completely. Then drop color onto the filters, forming circular patterns. Don’t worry if they run together. It becomes more interesting as the colors merge. Then draw ovals shapes on the filter and cut them out. Glue the ovals to the tree branches and enjoy the finished project!
I am so excited to introduce our guest blogger Sandra Meadows again with another fantastic art lesson for the little ones. Sandra has an amazing food blog, Meadows Cooks where she shares her love for food with healthy, unique recipes. I love this one on Brussels Sprouts and this one of Pistachio Lime Cookies is absolutely delicious! Sandra works at the Whitney Museum and we are so happy to have her expertise here on our blog. Here we go!
Last week I had the opportunity to do another art lesson at my son’s school, this time for the 3rd grade. Anna suggested I talk about Wassily Kandinsky and have the students duplicate one of his works. I thought this was a great idea and chose Squares with Concentric Circles, 1913 for its simplicity and beauty. Also, placing these paintings together on a wall makes an impressive display.
Kandinsky was born in Russia in 1866. He studied law and economics and became a successful professor at University. While teaching he began studying art at the age of 30. He pursued an art career moving from Russia to Berlin, Germany, when during World War I, the Communist official theories on art did not agree with his own. In Germany he joined the Bauhaus movement and taught at their school of art, until the Nazis closed it in 1933. He fled to France, which is where he remained, becoming a French citizen. He died in 1944.
Materials you will need:
Classical CD (I used Vivaldi’s Four Seasons)
Brushes of various widths
Cups for water
Paper towels for blotting and cleaning brushes
Do ahead: Line each watercolor sheet with 12 equal sized boxes in pencil
Who knows what Abstract Art is? Kandinsky is considered the father of Abstract Art in the 20th Century Western art world. Originally, his paintings were mostly representational landscapes, until he attended an exhibit of Claude Monet’s Haystacks. He was amazed at how they didn’t really look like haystacks, but were so beautiful just as shapes of color. That was when he began painting abstractly. Abstract Art is when we use colors and shapes without making them look like real things.
Do you see colors when you hear music? Kandinsky believed that colors and shapes were the expression of music and music was the expression of colors and shapes. He tried to paint the music he heard.
Have the students write their names on the back of their papers (the side without the squares). Have them hold the paper horizontally and show them Kandinsky’s painting. Ask them to listen to the music and paint circles in each square, like targets, making sure to paint in the triangles that occur in the corners of the squares. Ask them to interpret the music they are hearing. Once they are finished, hang the paintings together on a wall.