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While kids and their caregivers are home during the Covid-19 pandemic, we want to help you keep busy, have fun and create ART.
The Paintbrush is committed to continuing to provide you and your kids with fun, enriching ART experiences while we remain quarantined at home.

Spring Do-At-Home ART Kits!

We’re putting together a set of all new ART supplies to keep your kids busily creating ART. No-contact pick-up scheduled for Monday, 10:00-11:30. Delivery also available to LP/Lakeview addresses. (Please note: Delivery charge will apply to each ART Kit, due to the way the system is set up; we will refund all but one $5 delivery fee for those who order delivery.) Click Here to Order!

Check back here regularly for projects and ideas!

Friday,
3/27/2020

Today we’re visiting another famous ART Museum: The Metropolitan Museum of ART in New York. We like to look at our World Map here at The Paintbrush to see where our artist-of-the-week is from. If you have a globe or a world map at home, help your kids locate New York. (If you don’t have a map, you can find one at https://geology.com/world/world-map.shtml.) Then help your kids locate Chicago. Ask your kids if Chicago and New York are close to each other or far apart. Ask them how they think we could get to New York if we wanted to visit.

Click https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/
 to access all sorts of adventures,
from galleries to art ideas for kids. You’re going to love this one!


While you’re on your tour, look for ART that really stands out to you and your kids. At The Paintbrush we are often inspired by works of ART that we see during our own visits to ART museums. We create our studio projects from this inspiration. What are you inspired to create based on your visit to The Met today?

Thursday, 3/26/2020

Here we
are, still at home! Are you having fun? Show us your ART via text or email. We
want to see what you’re creating!

Today we’re
digging in the recycling bin again. Pull out those egg cartons. We’re making
caterpillars.

Gather
Supplies: egg carton, scissors, pipe cleaners (or straws), markers (or paint),
google eyes (or white paper and black marker).

This is an
easy project (for those of you still recovering from Monday’s paper mache
project!).

Step 1:
Cut off top of egg carton.

Step 2:
Cut egg carton in half so you have two rows of 6. If you have more than 2 kids
or want to make more caterpillars cut again to make 4 rows of three.

Step 3:
Parent can use a hole puncher, a pen or the tip of a knife to poke holes in the
top of one end. Insert small lengths of pipe cleaner thru the holes to make
antennae. If you don’t have pipe cleaners, cut off the bendy end of two straws
and insert (if you don’t have bendy straws, just cut two small pieces off a
straw).

Step 3:
Glue google eyes to the front so the caterpillar can see! (If you don’t have
google eyes, use a black marker to draw eyes onto a piece of white paper. Cut
out and glue on.)

Step 4:
Decorate your caterpillar with markers or paint.

Step 5: Leave
your caterpillar in the window or in a large house plant.

Step 6:
Send us a photo!

See you
tomorrow for our weekly field trip!

Spring Do-At-Home ART Kits!

We’re putting together a set of all new ART supplies to keep your kids busily creating ART. No-contact pick-up scheduled for Monday, 10:00-11:30. Delivery also available to LP/Lakeview addresses. (Please note: Delivery charge will apply to each ART Kit, due to the way the system is set up; we will refund all but one $5 delivery fee for those who order delivery.) Click Here to Order!

Wednesday,
3/25/2020

One of the
things that makes The Paintbrush a unique place to learn about ART is that we
always have music playing. We carefully choose each week’s music to pair with
our ART projects.

Today we are
going to create art with music. MUSIC DOODLES!

Gather Supplies: Black marker (Sharpie is ideal, but remember, it’s not
washable), crayons or markers or water color paints, watercolor paper or any
paper you have (construction, printer, etc.), tape, MUSIC of your choice.

Step 1: Tape
your paper to the table so it doesn’t move.

Step 2: Turn
on your favorite music. We like Classical music for this project but listen to
whatever inspires you!).

Step 3: Pick up
your black marker.

Step 4: Close
your eyes and listen to the music.

Step 5: With
your eyes still closed, bring your marker to the paper and let the marker glide
around the paper as if it were dancing to the music. Do you feel swirls? Do you
feel sharp movements Continue for about one minute.

Step 6: Open
your eyes and look at your doodle! Does it look like you thought it would look?

Step 7: Use
your crayons or markers or water color paints to color in the spaces between
the marker lines.

Step 8: Famous
ARTists often give their ART a title. What’s the title of the ART you just
created? Maybe it’s the same name as the music you listened to. Maybe its title
is simply Abstract #1. Do you know what ABSTRACT ART is? It’s ART that
doesn’t represent anything you can specifically identify. Often ARTists give their
abstract

Tuesday, 3/24/2020

We got all
messy-crazy with the Paper Mache yesterday! Hope you had fun! You’ll likely be
finishing up the project today with the last steps of painting and decorating.
Use your pompoms and sequins from your Do-At-Home ART Kit to embellish your
project.

Today we’re
keeping it simple:

By now you’ve
probably amassed a collection of recyclables. Let’s pull a few cans from the recycling
bin and make pencil holders. Use the ones that had a pull-top; these are less likely
to have sharp edges.

Gather
supplies: Aluminum cans, pencil, scissors, ruler construction paper (or printer
paper if that’s what you have on hand), markers or crayons, glue, a rubber band.

Be sure
your can is clean and dry.

If the
label is still on, this makes this project easier. Carefully peel off label;
try not to rip it too much. Use the label as a template to cut your construction
paper to fit around your can. If you don’t have the label that’s ok. Lay the
can down and make a mark and a line with the ruler on the paper to guide you. Cut
the paper.

Use
markers or crayons to decorate the strip of paper. If you “mess up,” don’t
waste paper! Just turn it over and start again. Or, use your “oops” to create
something different from what you’d planned!

When you
are satisfied with your drawing, cover the outside of the can with glue.

Wrap your
drawing around the can.

Attach the
rubber band around your drawing to hold it in place while it dries.

Fill with
pens, pencils, and/or markers. Display your useful art proudly.

This
project makes a great gift!

Monday, 3/23/2020

Did you enjoy your visit to the Louvre in Paris? Miss Melanie and her boys took the visit (maybe we were there at the same time you were!) and the visit sparked conversation, memories of the 5th grade Egyptian Wax Museum at Lincoln Elementary, and ideas (model magic and papier maché came to mind). We even got a short history lesson from Hayden (Miss Melanie and Alec were not good students.) We took a look at another look at museums to visit. Keep up with us this week and see where we are going on Friday! You’ll love it!
Awhile back the mom of one of our Master ARTists asked about paper maché. So let’s do it!

Paper Maché can be used to make lots
of different things. How many of you parents remember making your own birthday
party pinatas as a kid? (No? Too young? Ask your parents if THEY remember!) The
basic idea behind paper maché is to create a solid sculpture. (Your kids are
going to love the bit of science here as they watch a liquid mess turn into a
solid!)

 Gather supplies: newspaper, toilet paper/paper towel rolls, masking tape, boxes from food, pop bottle. Or just a balloon. More newspaper, paper towels or white printer paper, water, flour, measuring cup, mixing bowl, spoon. Paint (tempera is best; acrylic is great too but only
for big kids because it’s not washable).

 Let’s make an animal. First we need to create the structure
of the body.

Here’s an example:

Use a round oatmeal container or 2-liter pop bottle for
a body. Attach toilet paper rolls with masking tape to create legs and a neck.
Ball up few sheets of newspaper to make a head. Attach with masking tape. Use
card board to make ears and a tail. What animal did you make? I made a big pink
elephant with flowers all over it when I was in 8th grade. If it’s
still in my mom’s basement I will post it on Insta!

Simpler version using a balloon: Blow up balloon. Set
aside.

 How to Paper Mache

  • Step 1: Cover your workspace with newspaper.
  • Step 2: Tear newspaper into strips (if you don’t get the daily paper, check for a RedEye at the corner, or use old magazines.
  • Step 3: Make paper maché paste:
    • Recipe 1:  1 part white glue to 1 part water (if mixture is too thick, add a little more water; if too thin, add a little more glue)
    • Recipe 2:  1 part flour to 1 part water.  Mix until smooth (a few lumps are ok).
    • Hint: Explain to your kids how you are measuring. Let them do the pouring and mixing.
  • Step 4: One at a time dip your newspaper strips into your paper maché. Pull the strips gently through your fingers to smooth off excess paper maché from the strips.
    • Cover your animal with strips, making sure to smooth as you go. Layer as if you were collaging. Bend around curves and make sure you cover every part completely.
    • If using just the balloon, cover the entire balloon with strips. Leave a small area uncovered around the tied end, so you can pop the balloon and pull it out later after completely dry.
  • Step 5: Let dry completely. This probably means that you will come back to this tomorrow.
  • Step 6: Clean up! Everyone who worked on the project cleans up the project! Clean-up is an important part of the process.
  • Step 7: Cover your work space with newspaper again.
  • Step 8: When your animal (or your balloon ball) is completely dry, use tempera paints (or acrylics for older kids) to paint it. Get creative. We all know that elephants are grey but I painted mine pink and added flowers. Paint it to match your room!
  • Step 9: Send us a photo and we will post it on Insta and fb! Post it yourself and remember to tag @thepaintbrush_artstudio

We hope
you’re having fun! Please text (773.636.1968) or email ThePaintbrush@ThePaintbrush.net
if you have any questions or suggestions.

 

Sunday, 3/22/2020

Order your kids’ ARTsy Easter Basket for Easter Eve no-contact delivery! Quantities are limited; reserve yours now!

Saturday, 3/20/2020
Happy Saturday! It’s ORANGE DAY! We’ve survived our first week at home. Hope our ART adventures have helped you and your kids to stay in a creative mood.
Just a few quick notes today:
Thank you to everyone who ordered Do-At-Home ART Kits and St. Patrick’s Day Goody Bags this week. Your kindness and support, your waves thru the window, your adorable photos and your heartfelt words are going a LONG way over here.
We have 2 Do-At-Home ART Kits still available for no-contact pick-up or LP/Lakeview no-contact delivery.Text 773.636.1968 to claim these.
Easter is coming and we will likely still be home-bound. If you’d be interested in having an Easter basket of art-based goodies for your child please text Easter Basket to 773.636.1968 (No commitment at this point! Just gauging interest so we can look into putting these together for you.)
If you registered for the Easter Egg Decorating Workshop on April 5, we will contact you separately.

Considerclicking here to purchase a GC good toward anything you want to come to the studio for in the future! Want to help us stay afloat while all this is happening? Texting 773.636.1968 to request a payment link to make a contribution toward helping us continue to bring you fun art at home now and in the studio in the (hopefully near) future. THANK YOU!  So many fun ideas!Click to see all of our Do-At-Home ART Experiences!
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Friday, 3/20/2020 We’re Going to Paris!

Today we’re going to visit one of the most famous ART
Museums in the world: The Louvre in Paris, France. We like to look at our World
Map here at The Paintbrush to see where our artist-of-the-week is from. If you
have a globe or a world map at home, help your kids locate France. (If you don’t
have a map, you can find one at https://geology.com/world/world-map.shtml.)
Then help your kids locate Chicago. Ask your kids if Chicago and Paris are
close to each other or far apart. Ask them how they think we could get to
France if we wanted to visit. Do your kids know what language people in France
speak?

Click https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne
to take a magic trip (no airplane or ship needed!) to the Louvre! You can go also
go straight to the section called “Through Children’s
Eyes” by clicking here:https://www.louvre.fr/en/through-childrens-eyes

In these short videos, Louvre experts answer the
questions of pupils from ages 5 to 11 about the museum and its artworks. This
series is aimed at educators and art enthusiasts of all ages.
While you’re on your tour, look for ART that really stands out to you and your
kids. At The Paintbrush we are often inspired by works of ART that we see
during our own visits to ART museums. We create our studio projects from this
inspiration. What are you inspired to create based on your visit to The Louvre
today?

Thursday, 3/19/2020

Do-At-Home ART Kits Available TODAY!

Packed with canvas, construction paper, markers, crayons, scissors, glue stick, water color paper, watercolors with brush, pipe cleaners, pop poms, paper sacks, collaging squares, sequins, fun tape, googly eyes, play foam, disposable apron, and fun tips. Click to order $40 each No-Contact Pick-Up TODAY 5:00-6:00pm Add a t-shirt for $10. Add Delivery (Lincoln Park and Lakeview only, please) for $5.

Thursday, 3/19/2020

Fun Tips from The Paintbrush

It’s PURPLE DAY! Are you wearing PURPLE? Send us a photo!

Yesterday we gave you a list of at-home supplies and a few
ideas what to do with them.

Picking up where we left off yesterday, here are a few more
ideas to keep your kids creating!

Fun Tip #6: Big kids can use
these supplies to create a Recycled Robot:

  • floppy discs
  • cereal boxes (and
    other food packaging)
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Tape (colored tape is
    fun!)

Fun Tip #7: Little kids can enjoy a sensory experience with Shaving Cream!

After you’ve dressed your tot in the smock we
made from Dad’s old undershirt yesterday, strap them into their high chair or
booster.

Fill a metal baking pan with shaving cream and
let your kids pop their hands in to play. Draw with your fingers.

Make a shaving cream snowman.

If you happen to have LOTS of shaving cream on
hand and you’re VERY BRAVE:

Dig out your little one’s bathing suit and let
them play in a bathtub full of shaving cream.

Fun Tip #8: Cookie cutters, construction paper, scissors, marker.

Fold construction paper in half and then in
half again. Cut paper into quarters.

Trace cookie cutter shapes onto each small
piece of construction paper.

Kids can practice their fine motor skills by
carefully cutting out the shapes you traced.

This will be hard. Don’t expect perfection. A
good effort is worth a pat on the back.

Make a collage with your cut-outs.

Always supervise your tots when they are
exploring art.

Remind them to keep supplies out of their mouth.

Get ready for tomorrow’s adventure! We’re
going on a virtual field trip!

Let us know what you think! If you like these
and want to see more please consider clicking here to purchase a GC good toward anything you want to come to
the studio for in the future, or texting 773.636.1968 to request a payment link
to make a contribution toward helping us continue to bring you fun art at home
now and in the studio in the (hopefully near) future.

THANK
YOU! 

Take a photo of your art and send it to us at 773.636.1968 or thepaintbrush@thepaintbrush.net, and/or post it on social media and tag us

Wednesday, 3/18/2020
Pro Tips from The Paintbrush
THANK YOU to all who stopped by yesterday to pick up your St. Patrick’s Day goody bags. We sincerely appreciate your love, kind, words, and support. Extra thanks to those who added “a little extra” to your payments, and to those who posted photos of your adorable (!!!) kids for us! Together (but socially distanced, of course!) we will all get thru this!

We’re working on a plan to get you all some art supplies. While we figure out the logistics to do this safely, today we are going to help you get ready to do art at home with what you have.
Pro Tip #1: Kids are messy. Use one of dad’s old undershirts as a smock. Make it even more fun by letting kids decorate it first either with fabric paints or sharpies (these won’t wash out).
Pro Tip #2: Keep little kids contained while creating art by strapping them into their high chair or booster seat for their art time. This keeps the kids from massing up anything but their immediate area.
Here is a list of ordinary household supplies that make great art experiences:·        Coffee filters·        Paper towel and toilet paper rolls (we know you will have a LOT of those soon. Look for an upcoming email with ideas!)·        Shaving cream·        Old books & magazines·        floppy discs·        cereal boxes (and other food packaging)·        flour or rice·        salt·        spray bottles·        hole punch·        Cookie cutters·        Yarn/string·        Muffin tins·        Cotton balls·        Q-tips
Now here are some very quick ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
Fun Tip #1: Dress in the rainbow! Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day so we were all dressed in Green! Next to green is BLUE! We are dressed in BLUE today (all the way down to our socks!). Thursday will be PURPLE day. Friday will be RED day. Saturday will be ORANGE day. Sunday will be YELLOW day. Take a photo of your kids each day. Print out the photos and create a rainbow of photos on your kids’ bedroom or playroom wall, or put photos together to create a book (construction paper cover, staples for spine), or use as color flash cards. Post your photos on social media and tag us or send them us to do so!
Fun Tip #2: Use markers or water color paints to paint coffee filters. If using markers, fill a spray bottle with water and squirt the filter lightly to watch the colors run. When dry, punch a hole with your hold puncher and string yarn through the hole. Hang in your window. Watch the floor on sunny days to see if you can find a rainbow.
Fun Tip #3: Help tots practice fine motor skills: Place a cotton ball (or a few) in 3 spaces of a 12-space muffin tin. Show your tot how to use a spoon to move the cotton balls to the next row of three spaces. Can they move them, one space at a time, to the end? OLDER KIDS can sit across from each other and race across the muffin tin!
Fun Tip #4: Cover your table with newspaper or a washable table cloth. Spring a generous portion of flour or rice into a cookie baking sheet. Show your kids how to use their fingers to “draw” pictures. This is a great way to learn shapes and numbers and letters. When finished, gently transfer to a large ziplock bag and save for another day.
Fun Tip #5: If you have any type of paint at home (water colors or temperas) try painting with cotton balls and Q-tips. Your older artist may want to learn about pointillism. Look up this term with them. Use a pencil to draw out a picture. Then paint with Q-tips using only primary colors (red, blue, yellow) and white paint. To make secondary colors, paint two primary colors next to each other. Try to fill your WHOLE paper. Stand back and take a look. Kids who have attended camp with Miss Melanie might remember doing this project!
So many fun ideas!Click to see all of our Do-At-Home ART Experiences!
We will post more tomorrow.
Let us know what you think! If you like these and want to see more please consider clicking here to purchase a GC good toward anything you want to come to the studio for in the future, or texting 773.636.1968 to request a payment link to make a contribution toward helping us continue to bring you fun art at home now and in the studio in the (hopefully near) future.
THANK YOU! 

Tuesday, 3/17/2020 Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
If you were one of the lucky 50 kids to pick up a St. Patrick’s Day goody bag this morning, we would love to see a photo of you stringing or wearing your St. Patrick’s Day necklace. If you weren’t able to go out today, don’t fret!
Here’s a project you can do with supplies you have at home.
St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow teaches kids the order of the colors of the rainbow, and encourages fine motor coordination through cutting, coloring and gluing.

Supplies Needed: paper plate, scissors, markers or crayons or colored pencils (or watercolors), glue/glue stick, cotton balls, black and yellow construction paper (optional)
What To Do: Help your kids cut the paper plate in half. You’ll only use one half (unless you want to make 2 rainbows!)Using your crayons/markers/pencils/paints create the rainbow staring at the outer edge of the plate. Color with red first, followed by orange, yellow, green, blue and purple, in that order.Glue a puffy handful of cotton balls to one end of the rainbow.If you have black and yellow construction paper, do the following:           Cut out a black pot (looks like a cauldron) and a few small yellow circles (us a pencil to trace a nickel to get circles of a good size). Make the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: Glue the pot to the opposite end of the rainbow from the cotton balls clouds. Glue your yellow circles to the top of the black pot.If you DON’T have black and yellow construction paper (or anything else you can cut to make these), add another generous portion of cotton balls to both ends of your rainbow.

Take a photo of your art and send it to us at 773.636.1968 or thepaintbrush@thepaintbrush.net, and/or post it on social media and tag The Paintbrush.

3/16/2020  Favorite Things Collage is one of our favorite simple do-at-home projects.
Supplies Needed: old magazines, scissors, paper (construction, printer, brown bag, whatever you have)glue/glue stick, crayons or markers
What To Do: Help your kids look thru your magazines to find and cut out pictures of their favorite things. You may pick a theme, such as flowers or animals or letters, or just let them choose pictures that they like. Words are fun to cut out too (for older kids who can read). Tots under 3 will need your help but kids 3 and up should try doing their own cutting. Doesn’t have to be perfect!
St. Patrick’s Day twist #1: Help your kids find pictures only of things that are GREEN!
Glue the cut-outs to your paper. Remember our glue rule: “A dot is a lot.” That means a little glue goes a long way.
Use crayons or markers to fill in any space between cut-outs.
St. Patrick’s Day twist #2: Make the rainbow!Find pictures from every color in the rainbow and either help your child glue them to their paper to create a rainbow, or for little kids glue each set of pictures to separate, smaller pieces of paper. String together or tape together in the color order of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple).
Take a photo of your project, post it on social media and tag us! Or send it to us directly via text 773.636.1968 or email ThePaintbrush@ThePaintbrush.net