Breakfast with St. Nicholas at the Bethlehem Steel Stacks

Crinkle was happy to participate in the annual ArtsQuest Breakfast with St. Nicholas at the Bethlehem Steel Stacks this morning! Families, all dressed in their holiday gear, arrived to eat breakfast and sit on Santa's lap to tell him their Christmas wishes.

After kids had their photo taken with Saint Nick they came over to the craft table where we were turning out the cutest Christmas reindeer ornaments. Each child made their reindeer just a smidge different from the rest by adding their own decorations and coloring.

I had a wonderful time interacting with families and experiencing art! This local Lehigh Valley family warmed my heart, as they encouraged their daughter to create her own ornament. This time of year is truly the most wonderful time of year!

To find out about more opportunities for your child to participate in art class please visit the Banana Factory's website. They offer a variety of children's classes that range from drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics.


What a super cool (and brave) Dad!

I recently stumbled on this photo on Instagram this week. This is a father who used his son's artwork as inspiration for a tattoo! What an awesome idea. Kids love to see their artwork from when they were younger and I imagine being able to just pull up your sleeve to show them will feel pretty great! Would you do the same for your child?

Instagram user: EddbadApple

Drawing Challenge for Children

Many people, adults and children alike, need a warm up / challenge to start off their drawing for the day. When I teach kids in their home, I often begin with a warm up activity. Some times the activity is tactile (like building something) and other times it is drawing based. The challenges are always a short and only last 2-5 minutes and have an open ended result. 

Pictured here is one of my favorite way to wake up the hands and mind when drawing! This challenge is easily constructed, just cut a hold in a piece of paper and ask your child to draw what the hole belongs to or where the hole is. This can be done with a regular piece of paper, such as a scrap or a piece of printer paper. Children's ideas will roam wild as they decide with their creative mind what the hole "is".

An added challenge I sometimes do is to use a blank card and only put the hole on the front of the folded card. The hole then "leads" to something on the other side. A lot of fun for kids who enjoy the "hole in the paper" idea and want to take it further. 

Happy drawing! 

We Are All Born Creative

When I teach adult classes I often see that it takes the adults longer to warm up to the idea of making art compared to teaching a child's class. Children will throw themselves into an "idea" or a thought in the most beautiful and brave way. Even when they make mistakes, children can often work with it and change it in to something new.

As adults, we tend to fear the "unknown" part about creating art. We worry it won't look right in the end or be nice enough to hang on the wall. Today I want to share with you this very inspiring video from Brit and Co that makes you smile and think about how we are all born creative. It will make you wonder if your art end results need to be a beautiful finished product or if it can just be an outlet for creativity.