Daily Dose of Art Juice Carton Birdfeeder

This project is “for the birds!”

Step 1. Wash out a juice or milk carton. Let it dry.

Step 2. Use marker to draw the shape of the space you want to cut out on the large sides of the carton. (Fig 1)

Step 3. Depending on your age (or cutting skills – lol!), you may need help from an adult for this cutting step. Use a utility knife or scissors to cut the sides you marked out on the carton. (Fig 2)

Step 4. Paint the outside of the carton. You may need to paint a base coat first, depending on your paint coverage, and then add the final decorative colors.  Make your feeder as fancy or funny as you like. (Idea: Use a chop stick or a popsicle stick to make a perch.)

Step 5. Poke a hole in the top on each side of the carton with a screwdriver or nail. Thread yarn or string through the holes and knot at the top so you can hang.

Now find the perfect spot bird watching spot to hang your feeder and fill it with birdseed!

Checkout these fun ideas from Pinterest for inspiration! (Fig 3, Fig 4, Fig 5)

Passover Paper Frogs Daily Dose of Art

To those of you who celebrate this happy holiday, we wish you a happy Passover.

This holiday project was borrowed from the parenting website www.alphamom.com.

If you celebrate Passover, then you probably already know all about those frogs. As the story is told in the book of Exodus, frogs were the second plague that God sent to change Pharaoh’s mind about keeping the Jews in slavery. Unfortunately an infestation of frogs did not change his mind and nine other horrible plagues were needed before the Jews were allowed to go free.

While the story of Passover is no light matter, I think it’s safe to have a little fun with frogs to help us remember the second plague. I wouldn’t want my house to be infested with frogs but they sure are fun to make out of paper! (Fig 1)

Step 1. Make “frog skin” by painting with cheap kids’ acrylic paint (water-based is safest) on top of newsprint. Big sloppy strokes are fine especially if you want your frogs to have texture. (Fig 2)

Step 2. Add some warts by stamping a pencil eraser and wine-bottle cork into yellow paint. (Fig 3)

Step 3. When the paint is dry, cut the (now somewhat-stiff) painted newspaper into big squares. You don’t have to measure — these squares are roughly 7 inches, though some were bigger and some smaller. (Fig 4)

Fig 6

Step 4. Folded square in half and then in half again (like you would fold it to make a snowflake) but instead of cutting snowflake shapes out of my square, cut out half a frog. If you don’t feel confident in your frog-cutting skills, have no fear! Here is a template that pretty easy to follow. Just be careful to cut the top smaller arm all the way off the edge. If you don’t, then you won’t end up with frogs that are holding hands. You’ll have a bunch of separated frogs.. but that’s fine too. (Fig 5 & Fig 6)

Step 5. When you unfold your paper, there’s your frog snowflake. You can draw eyes with a crayon or marker pen or even add googlie eyes. (Fig 7)

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

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Daily Dose of Art – Houses that Rock

During this time inside, we are grateful, more than ever, for the roof over our heads.  So let’s make a little tribute to the places we live.

Step 1.  Find and clean a rock suitable for the house you want to paint.  You can paint a big rock that could be used as a door stop, or a single or group of smaller rocks.

The challenge for this project is to find a rock that can be TOTALLY painted in the shape of a house.  For example an angled stone could be a house with a slanted roof…a long rock could be an apartment building with several floors.

Step 2.  As with all rock painting projects, your fingers can easily get in the way and smudge  paint that is not dry. To avoid smudging, don’t be in a hurry. Work in stages, letting parts dry before moving on. If you mess up, don’t worry.  You can get another rock or just repaint the background color and start over.

Step 3.  If you love your rock house for an extended period of time, it should be protected with a sealer, like outdoor Mod Podge or clear spray Rustoleum. This will help keep the paint from chipping. Since most of us don’t have sealer on hand, you can do this step at a future date.

Check out these awesome rock houses from Pinterest for inspiration.  (Fig 1, Fig 2, Fig 3, & Fig 4.)

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

Stay in touch and share where your imagination has taken you by posting your project photos on Facebook or Instagram with the tag #HVArtsDailyDose or email a photo to us at info@hvartscouncil.org!

Daily Dose of Art, Stick Buddies

How about making a new friend.. a stick buddy!

Step 1. When you’re outside, pick up a few sticks with interesting curves, notches, and knobby parts.  

Step 2. Wash them.

Step 3. After washing your sticks, take a look to see what part might make a good nose, a beak, or a funny face.

Step 4. Paint your sticks, letting them dry fully between adding colors. (Fig 1 and 2)

Step 5. Once totally dry, add final details like eye balls, lashes or a mouth. (Fig 3)

There you have it… a stick buddy that could star in his own cartoon show!

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

Stay in touch and share where your imagination has taken you by posting your project photos on Facebook or Instagram with the tag #HVArtsDailyDose or email a photo to us at info@hvartscouncil.org!

Daily Dose, Play With Your Food!

Playing with your food is usually a no-no… but hopefully you can get (or give) permission to have a little fun! 

Sandwiches are on lunch’s menu… but before just slapping two pieces of bread together, take a few minutes to be creative. Carrots can be shredded or cut to form hair, olives could be teeth or eyeballs, a slice of red pepper could be an ear or a big smile.

For a more refined look, try using cookie cutters to cut out shapes. (Tip: Soft bread will just get crushed by cookie cutters, so try freezing or toasting the bread first.)

Check out these ideas from Pinterest. (Fig 1, Fig 2, Fig 3)

Let your imagination go wild, but don’t forget to eat your creation!

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

Stay in touch and share where your imagination has taken you by posting your project photos on Facebook or Instagram with the tag #HVArtsDailyDose or email a photo to us at info@hvartscouncil.org!

CALL FOR ACTION: Healing art projects for the community

Dear Friends,

We all have a role we can play during this health crisis. Artists and creative individuals’ unique talents can have a positive and palpable impact on the mental health of a community through the sharing of art.

Please Help. Join us to help those who are hurting by providing DIGITAL IMAGES of your artwork to be shared —  to simply bring a smile to their face or inspire hope with reminders of the beauty of life.

Submitted images will be used in a variety of COVID-related community outreach programs:

Capital Health, Art Channel in Patient Rooms
We are collaborating with our community partner, Capital Health, to add a virtual art show to the television programming in patient rooms. We invite you to provide images of your artwork to populate the initial TV broadcast and periodic refreshes. Art images will appear on the TV screen along with the artist’s name and title of the work.

“Thinking of You” Cards

Others in Hopewell Valley are feeling the impact of mandated social distancing plus sadness and unexpected losses of income or time apart from family and friends. Sharing a card as a small act of kindness will remind people we are thinking of them with a message of love and concern.

Beginning the week of April 6, we will be distributing “Thinking of You” cards:

  • In food packages distributed by the new Hopewell Valley Mobile Food Pantry located in the HVRSD School Admin Building at 425 S. Main Street in Pennington;
  • In meal packages delivered by F.I.S.H. (Friends in  Service Here)/Meals on Wheels to home-bound individuals in Hopewell Valley; and
  • To senior residents at Brandywine Living Pennington.

We hope you will join us by sharing your talents in support of those in need in our community. The phrase “it takes a village” is more true than ever.

Be well and thank you,

Carol Lipson
Executive Director

Please see the sign-up form for image submission instructions. If you have any questions or have difficulty completing your submission, please reach out to us at info@hvartscouncil.org.

Draw A Still Life Daily Dose of Art

A big project is a lot easier to do when you break it into smaller steps – the same is true with drawing!

Fig 1

Stage 1. COLLECT objects from around your house to group together for your still life. Objects can have meaning and tell a story (family heirlooms, souvenirs from a trip, or a special gift) or they may just have interesting shapes. An odd number of objects tends to create more visual interest. If you’re a beginner, try to select shapes that aren’t too complex to draw. (Fig 1)

Fig 2

Begin drawing objects as if they are wireframe forms. Draw construction lines to show the perspective from the top of your tallest object to the lowest object and will help you with scale. When you are happy with position and composition, you can erase the lines. (Fig 2)

Stage 2. ADD DETAILS. Be aware of different sizes of objects next to each other, shape, tone, texture, pattern, and form. Begin to draw light lines to show texture and where shadows lay. Redefine outer shapes (Fig 3)

Stage 3. SHADING. Begin to add shadows on objects using the side of your pencil to define its shape and where light and dark shadows fall. Recognize shadows on your table by lightly drawing its shape like a wireframe form. (Fig 4)

Stage 4. BUILD UP THE TONE. Using the side of your pencil, fill in shadows cast onto your table by the objects. Repeat over areas that appear darker. Use your finger to rub in and soften your shadows to define the forms and shapes. (Fig 5)

Stage 5. FINISHING TOUCHES. Focusing on the spaces between your objects, deepen these tones. Use an eraser to lighten areas where your light source reflects the most to completed your still life. (Fig 6)

Thank you to Kyle Wille, HV Arts Council Board Member, for this incredible Daily Dose of Art!

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

 

 

Stay in touch and share where your imagination has taken you by posting your project photos on Facebook or Instagram with the tag #HVArtsDailyDose or email a photo to us at info@hvartscouncil.org!

 

 

CALL FOR ACTION: Healing art projects for the community

Dear Friends,

We all have a role we can play during this health crisis. Artists and creative individuals’ unique talents can have a positive and palpable impact on the mental health of a community through the sharing of art.

Please Help. Join us to help those who are hurting by providing DIGITAL IMAGES of your artwork to be shared —  to simply bring a smile to their face or inspire hope with reminders of the beauty of life.

Submitted images will be used in a variety of COVID-related community outreach programs:

Capital Health, Art Channel in Patient Rooms
We are collaborating with our community partner, Capital Health, to add a virtual art show to the television programming in patient rooms. We invite you to provide images of your artwork to populate the initial TV broadcast and periodic refreshes. Art images will appear on the TV screen along with the artist’s name and title of the work.

“Thinking of You” Cards

Others in Hopewell Valley are feeling the impact of mandated social distancing plus sadness and unexpected losses of income or time apart from family and friends. Sharing a card as a small act of kindness will remind people we are thinking of them with a message of love and concern.

Beginning the week of April 6, we will be distributing “Thinking of You” cards:

  • In food packages distributed by the new Hopewell Valley Mobile Food Pantry located in the HVRSD School Admin Building at 425 S. Main Street in Pennington;
  • In meal packages delivered by F.I.S.H. (Friends in  Service Here)/Meals on Wheels to home-bound individuals in Hopewell Valley; and
  • To senior residents at Brandywine Living Pennington.

We hope you will join us by sharing your talents in support of those in need in our community. The phrase “it takes a village” is more true than ever.

Be well and thank you,

Carol Lipson
Executive Director

Please see the sign-up form for image submission instructions. If you have any questions or have difficulty completing your submission, please reach out to us at info@hvartscouncil.org.

More Mandalas!

Another mandala has been created by Dana Weekley of NineTomatoes for your coloring pleasure.

This “More Love” mandala is for the advanced color-er.  You’ll want to use pencils or ultra-fine markers to stay inside of the lines… but then again, you don’t have to!  

A mandala (or circle) represents the origin of life. Its center gently directs us to the infinite space within. The mandalas remind us that behind our physical facades, we’re each our own perfect, beautiful pattern, exquisitely individual.

So find a quiet place, put on some zen or classical music and color away!

 

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

 

 

Stay in touch and share where your imagination has taken you by posting your project photos on Facebook or Instagram with the tag #HVArtsDailyDose or email a photo to us at info@hvartscouncil.org!

“More Love” by Dana Weekley

 

Make-A-Wish Card

Please help bring messages of hope to “Wish Kids.” Make-A-Wish has provided life-changing hope, strength, and joy to children with critical illnesses for over 40 years.

We just learned that more wishes are on hold than ever before. Make-A-Wish kids represent some of the most vulnerable among us. While they wait for their wish to come true, let’s help us encourage them by sharing a message of hope. 

These are a few of the awesome Wish Kids: Alan, Age 4 (Fig 1); Naja, Age 13 (Fig 2); Bettirose, Age 14 (Fig 3)

How to Bring Messages of Hope to Wish Kids Today:

Step 1: Create a message, video, photo, song, dance —whatever you can imagine — sharing a message of hope.

Step 2: Post to any social media channel, tag @MakeAWish (@MakeAWishAmerica on Instagram) and use the hashtags #WishesAreWaiting and #HVArtsDailyDose

Step 3: Tag and invite two or more of your friends to join in.

Tips for creating your message of hope: ☆ Speak from the heart. ☆ Let them know they’re supported. ☆ Remind them to keep wishing. ☆ Give them encouragement.

 For more information you can go to wish.org/messages-of-hope.

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

Stay in touch and share where your imagination has taken you by posting your project photos on Facebook or Instagram with the tag #HVArtsDailyDose or email a photo to us at info@hvartscouncil.org!