Not everyone can make it over to the studio over Christmas Break so we brought some art ideas to you via Facebook Live.  All of these tutorials use the basic art supplies and stuff we figured most people have around the house. If you need a new activity to keep the kids occupied, check out our tutorials and let us know how they go!

MONDAY - Paper Mosaic Art

Perfect for the older kids, these mosaics use magazines to create a sophisticated and texture-rich piece of artwork.

  • Magazines
  • Glue
  • Paper or cardboard backing


Sensory fun for the younger artists.  We even show you our trick for an inexpensive light table.

  • Ice
  • Food coloring
  • Droppers
  • Salt

WEDNESDAY - Salt Dough Sculpture

Easy to make, clay or playdough substitute!  If you bake it, you can even finish your sculptures with paint.

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Water

THURSDAY - Fun with Weaving Art and Pom Poms

Use whatever you've got: yarn, ribbon, scrap fabric, etc.  Over-under-over-under...this weaving process is great fine motor practice for small kids, while the big kids can make a stunning piece of unique art.  

  • Yarn, ribbon, scrap fabric, material
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors

FRIDAY - Griddle Art 

One of our ALL TIME FAVORITES.  We love this way of "painting" with crayons.

  • Flat electric griddle
  • Crayons
  • Aluminum foil
  • Paper
We're always looking for new ways to display art around our home.  These ART CANDLES are easy and low cost.   They make unique and art-ful gifts--perfect for grandparents and teachers.  

Artwork is completed on tissue paper and then melted to the candle using a heat gun.  (Some  tutorial will say you can use a hair dryer.  We don't recommend it.  It doesn't get hot enough to do the job quickly.)

Check out the video links to see how easy it is.  The video on the sidebar is really short; the one on the bottom is a full tutorial!

Our Open Studios on Saturday mornings during November and December are featuring all projects that are "gift worthy."  These candles are in the line-up!  If you don't want to try this at home, you can simply drop the kids off to make them with us!


So excited to share this project with our budding artists in June!  Check it out:
Wire Wrapped Beaded Bracelets (ages 10 and up)
Monday June 8th and June 15th 
$60.00, all supplies included
Artists will use sterling silver wire in two gauges to shape a bangle bracelet to the correct size.  Once the metal is shaped, we'll use a wire-wrapping and beading technique to fill-in the design.  Each artist will make one bracelet over the period of two classes.  

Tools used: jeweler's pliers, small anvils, and hammers.
We're gearing up for summer classes and that starts with our instructors making all sorts of examples!  It's a rough job being an Orange Easel Instructor, but someone has to do it.

First up is our Clay Action Figures.  Young artists will design their own action figure and then bring it to life using a polymer clay.  We'll design and sculpt during the first class period, and then apply paint and glossy varnish in the second class.

Clay Action Figures (ages 7 and up)
Monday June 8th and June 15th 
$50.00, all supplies included

Watch here to see a figure come to life: 


Monotype Printing


A simple printmaking project that you can try is a monotype (you can only use your template once!). 

This monotype is made by removing color to create a subtractive image.  It challenges us to draw the negative space!

Supplies used:
  • Cookie sheet (or other smooth, non-porous surface)
  • Dark-colored paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Brayer
  • Paper
Quick printed landscape made using a monoprint method (see video below)