Color Wheel Scavenger Hunt

Who doesn’t like a scavenger hunt?

This project was suggested by artist and friend of the HV Arts Council, Susan Mitrano.  Susan is an art teacher at Timberlane Middle School and gave this fun project to her students as one of their remote learning assignments.

Mission:  Find ALL of the colors in the color wheel.  

A color wheel is a circle that illustrates the relationships between primary colors, secondary colors, and tertiary colors. (Fig 1)

Step 1. Look around your house and yard for small objects (or part of an object) that are a close match to each of the colors on the wheel. 

Step 2. Arrange the objects in a circle in the order they appear on the color wheel. 

We have a few important ground rules: 

  • Please don’t use liquids or messy or personal items without asking permission first.
  • Please don’t cut ANYTHING apart without asking permission first.
  • Try not to use paints or crayons – get creative!

Get some ideas from this fun color wheel created by one of Ms. Mitrano’s talented students. (Fig 2)

Students were required to take a photo of their completed wheel to submit electronically. You won’t get a grade, but if you’d like to share your color wheel, please post it on social media with the tag #HVArtsDailyDose. 




Hopewell Valley’s Rainbow Spirit

Hey Hopewell Valley!
Let’s join the world-wide rainbow movement! This is the perfect time for reminders of hope and community spirit, and a rainbow symbolizes peace, hope, and dreams coming true.

Here’s what you do: Create a rainbow and display it! It can be sidewalk art, a painting or collage, or wherever your heart and creativity take you. Display it at your house where people walking by can see it from a safe distance. Here are a few images of the most creative ideas from other towns. Let’s try for 100% participation!
Together, we will all get through this.  Please share this with your friends and family! Go Hopewell Valley!
Special thanks to Terry Anderson, HV Arts member and chaplain at LIFE St. Francis in Trenton for passing along this idea!

Fantasy Bugs Daily Dose of Art

Not everyone likes bugs, but you have to admit they’re amazing creatures and often quite beautiful.  Let’s make a bug that you won’t mind having in your house — a fantasy bug made using your own imagination!

Step 1. Safely go outside to collect a variety of items in the yard or along the sidewalk. This is sometimes called “foraging.” Items like pods, sticks, feathers or acorns are good. I also used an onion skin. (Fig 1)

Step 2. Now visualize a bug. It typically has a head, a body, multiple legs, antenna, and sometimes wings. Take a close look at your pile to see what’s suitable for assembling your bug parts. You may need to cut things down to get the right shape and size.

Step 3. Arrange your items on a background cardboard. Before you glue them down, move them around until you get it just the way you want. You may even want to take a photo to refer to before you start attaching things.

Step 4. Instead of gluing everything down at one time, glue together groups of items to make up a single component, like a leg.  It’s easier to do and you can get more detailed. As you can see in the photos, various parts have been glued separately – two legs, the wings, and put tips on the antenna first. (Fig 2)

Step 5. Attach your bug parts in an order that makes sense for your particular bug. For example, glue down the legs and the wings first so they go under the body and appear more realistic.

Here’s my fantasy bug. The more I look at it, it seems more like a nature fairy than a bug! Hmmm….that might be an idea for another project. (Fig 3)

Take a look at these amazing bugs by artist Raku Inoue. (Fig 4) (Fig 5)  It you really are into it, the artist has a video showing his technique and more of his bugs.

We’d love to see what you make, so post your creations to #HVArtsDailyDose or email us at!

Daily Dose of Art with Doodle Flowers

Welcome SPRING — no matter what the weather, if we’re all inside or out!


Spriha Gupta, a wonder mixed-media artist and HV Arts Council member, shared this fun project along with her photos. 

Step 1:  Create swirly doodle flowers, stems, and leaves. (Fig 1)

Step 2: Use the coloring tool of your choice to fill in the swirls with different colors and patterns. Try thin and thick lines, zig zags, dots, or even more doodles. (Fig 2 & Fig 3)

Step 3: Color the sky and the growing grass.

Step 4: Add details like a rainbow, clouds, or  butterflies. And there you have it — a beautiful spring scene to remind you that happiness blooms from within.

For info about Spriha Gupta, check out this link.


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



Why not bring some imagination into your time at home and put some positive energy out into the world. The HV Arts Council will be bringing you a “Daily Dose of Art” – a coloring page or small art project to work on. This isn’t about making a masterpiece, it’s about having a little fun and exploring your creativity.


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!

Sunday’s Daily Dose of Art

We’ve survived the first full week of e-learning and social distancing.  It’s time to celebrate! Tonight, help make your family’s Sunday dinner extra-special with the addition of handmade napkin rings and place mats.

For napkin rings, cut a cardboard tube in approximately 2 inch-wide loops. Decorate in any way you like with paper, yarn, markers or other embellishments. Insert a rolled-up napkin and go set the table.  (See Fig1. tube wrapped in yarn; Fig 2. tube wrapped with the scribble art created from March 17 project.

Find more inspiration in these Pinterest images Fig 3. cross stitch and Fig 4. covered with washi tape.

Paint, color, or collage a piece of thick paper to make a decorative placemat. Recycle old stained placemats by painting right on top! 

You can make a customized placemat for each member of your family by including their name, pictures of their special interests, or favorite colors.


“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!



Saturday’s Daily Dose of Art

The Wille Family of Pennington sent in this photo challenge called “Get Outside and Stay ApART with Photography.”  

Here’s an opportunity to use your cell phone for something other than talking to friends and checking your social media feed. Try to snap artsy photographs like theirs.

Safely go outside or stay indoors to get the following shots:

  • Look Up – A perspective from above like clouds, treetops, tops of buildings (Fig 1.)
  • Look Down – Find objects of interest on the ground (Fig 2.)
  • Social Distancing – take an image with a sharp foreground and a blurry background (Fig 3.)
  • An Action Photo (Fig 4.)
  • It’s All About Me – Take a selfie near a window at different times during the day – always in the same position – to see how the changing light effects your picture.

Thanks to the Wille Family for this fun Daily Dose of Art activity!

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!


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





Friday’s Daily Dose of Art

Warning:  This project can cause uncontrollable laughter!

We can all use a giggle right now. This is one of my favorite and yet easiest projects. It’s so much fun and doesn’t take any skill at all — so get your whole family involved.

What you need: old magazines, scissors, glue

Find an image of a face that fills most of a page to use as the base. (Fig 1.) Cut out various body parts…real or imaginary and place them on top of the base image. The whackier the better!

I did one this morning that started with a photo of a beautiful woman from a jewelry store advertisement. Then, I gave her a “facelift” and even redesigned her jewelry. (Fig 2.)

Here are a few funny portraits found on Pinterest (Fig 3, Fig 4, Fig 5).  See what goofy portraits you come up with and please post to share a laugh with all of us.

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!

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

Thursday’s Daily Dose of Art

More Mandalas!  If you loved our first Daily Dose of Art on Saturday, you will be thrilled with the two new mandala coloring sheets that HV Arts Council member, Dana Weekly of NineTomatoes, has created.

Both are fun but one is particularly challenging.  You’ll want to use pencils or ultra-fine markers if you want to stay inside of the lines… but then again, you don’t have to!  

If you missed Saturday’s mandala, just go back to our earlier post to down load it. (Here’s a link for your convenience.)

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 get lost inside yourself and some creativity for a while.


Wednesday’s Daily Dose of Art

Empty toilet paper and paper towel tubes are probably just starting to accumulate by now.  Don’t throw them away! We’ll recycle them with several projects in the coming days.

Today’s project will use those cardboard tubes to create a piece of art with a lot of graphic appeal.

First, measure and make a mark every ½ inch along the length of the tube. Then, use scissors to cut the tube into loops at each mark. Squeezing the scissors as you cut through the tube will result in a leaf-like shape. Use you fingers to squeeze the end points a bit more so they will keep that shape. From one toilet paper tube, you can get about five or six loops. 

Next, find a box lid — perhaps from a shoe box or an old game or a pizza box top. And now comes the creative part — decide if you want an abstract design or something realistic like a tree branch. Then select colors appropriate for your design and paint the loops and your background accordingly. It can be easier to paint them before glueing them down.

You can keep it simple or get carried away!

Position the loops inside your box.  Once the loops are the way you like, glue them down.  If desired, add additional embellishments or use rippled cardboard for an even more textured background.

If you love it, why not attach a hanger on the back and you can hang it up. Have fun!

 Check out these inspirations:


Tuesday’s Daily Dose of Art

Our second day of scribble art involves creating a custom coloring page.  Get out a piece of paper and fill it with a big swirly scribble with overlapping lines. Then color the spaces created by the lines. Voila! A piece of abstract art!  (Fig 1) 

Variation Ideas:

  • Draw vertical lines at various widths apart and slanted starting at the bottom of a piece of paper.  Then draw a swirly scribble or shapes going through the vertical lines (Fig 2).
  • Pick two colors and fill in every other shape formed by the intersecting lines for artwork reminiscent of the 1960’s! (Fig 3).  If you start with a piece of colored paper, you only need to use one color. 
  • Or use only shades of green to celebrate St. Patricks Day!

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!