<![CDATA[ORANGE EASEL - Orange Easel Blog]]>Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:19:45 -0600Weebly<![CDATA[KC Live Interview]]>Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:01:21 GMThttp://orangeeaselart.com/orange-easel-blog/kc-live-interviewDid you see a familiar face on tv this morning?  

Catch the live watercolor demo by Miss Allison HERE:

<![CDATA[D.I.Y. Window Clings with Melted Crayon - Falling Autumn Leaves]]>Wed, 04 Oct 2017 17:50:26 GMThttp://orangeeaselart.com/orange-easel-blog/diy-window-clings-with-melted-crayon-falling-autumn-leaves
Supplies needed:
  • Paper (computer paper is perfect!)
  • Electric griddle
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Cooking oil
  • Leaf template (optional)
File Size: 183 kb
File Type: pdf
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<![CDATA[Start Dates for 2017 Fall Classes]]>Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:45:52 GMThttp://orangeeaselart.com/orange-easel-blog/start-dates-for-2017-fall-classesNeed to double check when that class starts?  You've come to the right place!

Preschool Classes

Monday FUNdamentals - September 11th
Monday Art Playgroup - September 11th
Monday Lil' Artists - September 11th
Tuesday FUNdamentals - September 12th
Tuesday Art Playgroup - September 12th
Wednesday Art Playgroup - September 13th
Friday FUNdamentals - September 8th

Grade School and Up

Monday Homeschool Classes - September 11th
Monday K/1st - August 28th
Monday 2nd/3rd - August 28th
Tuesday K/1st - September 5th
Tuesday 2nd/3rd - September 5th
Tuesday JUST Drawing - September 12th 
Tuesday 4th/5th - September 5th
Wednesday JUST DRAWING - September 13th 
Wednesday K/1st - September 6th
Wednesday Emerging Artists - September 6th
​Thursday 2nd/3rd - September 7th
Thursday 4th/5th - September 7th
Thursday JUST DRAWING - September 14th
Thursday Middle School / High School - September 7th
​Friday Young Maker's Club - September 8th
<![CDATA[Hot Crayon Rocks - Art Ideas from the Studio]]>Thu, 11 May 2017 00:53:33 GMThttp://orangeeaselart.com/orange-easel-blog/hot-crayon-rocks-art-ideas-from-the-studioPicture
We call this "dangerous art."  It gets their attention.  

The rocks are hot (heated in the oven) and the crayons just ooze over the top, encasing the rock in a marbled rainbow shell.  The process is oh-so-satisfying in itself.  But the product is also delightful: a silky, swirled treasure stone.

We've created  a video tutorial for you to try this out at home with your young artists (or old artists--Our instructors love doing this one!).  Here's what you'll need:

  • ROCKS 
  • OVEN & HOT PADS (safety first!)

Orange Easel Video Tutorial

After you've made your rocks, snap a picture of you with your little treasures so we get to see your creative products! #ArtistsInspireArtists  Tag us @orangeeaselart.com on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
<![CDATA[Student Gallery - April Fiber Art ]]>Mon, 01 May 2017 01:22:53 GMThttp://orangeeaselart.com/orange-easel-blog/student-gallery-april-fiber-art
We never get pictures of all of them before they leave us, but we're sharing what we have!

More Fiber Art classes...

Interested in working with fiber?  This summer, we have classes in weaving, embroidery, shibori, and tshirt decoration/design. [See Summer Classes]
<![CDATA[Make Marbled Paper with Shaving Cream]]>Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:56:41 GMThttp://orangeeaselart.com/orange-easel-blog/make-marbled-paper-with-shaving-cream
Check out our easy tutorial below for how to make your own marbled paper using some common items you probably have around the house:
  • shaving cream
  • liquid watercolors or food coloring
  • eye droppers, medicine droppers, or pipettes
  • pie plate (we like the light weight aluminum ones)
  • wooden skewer (or something to stir with)
  • paper shapes
  • squeegee
For older artist, the results are stunning and the design possibilities are endless.  For younger artists, the process of squirting out the shaving cream and dropping the color is great for fine motor development (not to mention, it's fun to play in the colored shaving cream when your done!).  

For a edible version, try whipped cream instead of shaving cream.  The colors aren't as bright, but it's safe for the really young artists to put in their mouths.


Step One: Squirt the shaving cream into the pie plate.  
You need complete coverage but it doesn't need to be deep.  We usually look for about half an inch.  You can use a spatula to spread it evenly around when your done squirting it out.

Step Two: Drop color onto the shaving cream.  
I think small drops work best.  We usually use 3-5 colors.  We don't dilute our watercolors for this activity.  You don't need much at all--maybe two teaspoons of total color!
Step Three: Swirl the colors together.  
The keyword here is SWIRL.  Not stir.  Not mix.  You're looking for swirls of color.  Using a thin stick (like a wooden skewer or even a toothpick) help ensure that the colors don't get too mixed up.  Hold the skewer perpendicular to the table surface and think of cutting and dividing up the dots of color instead of mixing.
Step Four: Place your paper shape on top of the shaving cream.  
Press down to make sure that the two surfaces connect at all points (press harder than you think).  
Step Five: Lift paper out of the pie plate and use a squeegee to scrap all the shaving cream off.  
If you don't have a squeegee, try an old gift card or expired credit card (or hotel key!)
Afterward, you can drop in more color, swirl again, and repeat the printing process.  Or, you can just enjoy the shaving cream as a sensory play invitation.  
We recently use our shaving cream prints to make planets. We splatter painted a piece of black construction paper with white paint and then glued on the marbled planets. 
These printed papers are perfect for collages (think spring flowers, fall leaves, etc).  They also make a beautiful set of notecards!
<![CDATA[How to Teach Anything - Six Simple Words]]>Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:10:15 GMThttp://orangeeaselart.com/orange-easel-blog/how-to-teach-anything-six-simple-words
Teaching is what we do here at Orange Easel.  We teach art skills as well as life skills--like cutting with scissors, holding a pencil, and even using power tools (for the older kids).

We know that as parents, you are your kiddos BEST teachers.  And you've got a lot to teach!  We've got six magical words to help YOU teach anything.  We use them all the time when we're writing out a teaching plan or when we come across an obstacle in class.

I do. We do. You do. 

We think the "We do" step is really the most important (and the hardest) so this blog post is going to focused pretty heavily on that stage. We've outlined some tips below.  Be sure to watch our YouTube video too, where Miss Allison explains more about these three stages.

What can you teach ?

Our job as parents is to make little productive adults, right?  So, what can we teach?  Well, everything we know.  We need to  teach them everything that they'll need to be successful on their own.  All those life skills from tying their shoes to doing their own laundry to checking the tire pressure in their car tires.

There are many checklists floating around blogs and pinterests boards that can give you an idea of what kinds of tasks your children are ready to learn.  Do a google search.  Or just take our word for it, and check out this one from FamilyEducation.com

We generally believe that kids are much more capable than we give them credit for.  Given the proper TEACHING, they can be responsible for many jobs around the house.  

And teaching is what we do here. So, let us help you out.  

I do. We do. You do.

These are the steps.  There's no timeline for them.  There's no magic number of times you have to show them and do it with them before they "get it."  There's nothing that says that just because you've made it successfully to YOU DO that you don't have to revisit the WE DO stage when the bathroom cleaning gets a little lax.   

Just know that when your little ones (or big ones) are struggling with something that they SHOULD know how to do, it's time to go back to WE DO.

The Importance of We Do.

That means together.  Like side-by-side.  Fully supportive.  This is hard because whatever it is that you're trying to teach is going to take twice as long with someone else tagging along.  Gah.  It's going to be frustrating.  This is going to test your patience.  For you control freaks out there, this is going to test your ability to let go a little bit.  

The goal with WE DO is to teach them these new skills through cooperation not through coercion.  Everyone's experience will be better if your kiddos actually want learn it.  The pace of the learner matters.  

In no particular order, here's are best advice on WE DO.
  • It's not all-or-nothing.  Just because you're teaching your kids to do their own laundry and you're in the WE DO stage doesn't mean they have to always do it with you.  You can still do stuff for them.  They might even appreciate it a little more.  We all like it when people do stuff for us, right?  
  • Check your attitude.  If you're not in a teaching mood, don't bother.  See above and just do it yourself.  
  • Check their attitude.  Just because you're ready to teach, doesn't mean that their are ready to learn.  Set yourself up for success.  Make a plan together.
  • Teach with kindness, patience, and humor.  Don't just bark orders.  WE DO.  So, you do it too.
  • Don't expect perfection.  Don't refold the clothes.  Don't re-chop the onions.  Unless it's going to hurt or injury someone else in the family, leave it.
  • Get them on board with the process.  "Can you help me with dinner?" will usually get a positive response.  
  • If it gets stressful, call it off.  Live to fight another day.
  • Be a team.  Yes, laundry stinks.  Nobody likes to do dishes.  But, hey, we're in this together, kid.  Let's get it done.  
  • Praise them.  Not "Good job."  Instead try: "I really appreciate your help." "I know it's hard to learn something new.  You really tried hard and you got it."  "You made my evening better."  "I love spending time with you."  
  • Thank them for their help.  Even if it took five times longer than it normally does.

But, what if they just don't want to?

Honestly, who really WANTS to do laundry?  We get it.  It's hard to make these chores attractive.  

If you've got a little one who has dug in their heels on something, pick a different battle.  Start with something they're interested in.  Go slow.  Especially if they haven't had many responsibilities leading up to this point.  

That WE DO stage might need to last a good long while.  

Hang in there, parents.  You're raising responsible adults and that's not an easy task.
<![CDATA[Winter Break Art Ideas]]>Sun, 01 Jan 2017 16:32:17 GMThttp://orangeeaselart.com/orange-easel-blog/winter-break-art-ideasNot 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
<![CDATA[2017 Holiday Hours and Class Schedule]]>Wed, 21 Dec 2016 15:40:50 GMThttp://orangeeaselart.com/orange-easel-blog/2017-holiday-hours-and-class-schedule
Below are Holiday Hours and Class Schedule for December 22nd through January 4th.  Please check this list to find our when your class is meeting, IF your class is meeting, and when our studio will be open for regular business. 
  • We will be checking emails and phone messages daily.  If you leave us a message, you can expect a response within 24-48 business hours.

  • Gift Certificates ARE available in the studio and we are open for some last minute shopping hours before Christmas.  If you can't make it over to the studio, you can always purchase them online too.

  • Artists who have yet to enter the art show, please don't fret.  We will accept submission through December 31st. 

  • We will continue to book birthday parties over the holiday.  You can expect a response within 24-48 business hours.

  • There are no Preschool FUNdamental classes until January 6th.  Our December classes met only three times and the tuition was prorated to reflect the holiday schedule.

  • With the exception on Monday, our regular evening classes DO meet during that week between Christmas and New Years.  We're having a special ART + PJ's + HOT CHOCOLATE class so don't miss it!  (Monday artists -- pick a class time later in the week and join us!)

  • Enrollment for 2017 semester will continue through December 31st.  Don't forget to sign-up!


Wednesday December 21st
Regular evening classes meet 5pm-8pm
4th/5th Grade and Emerging Artists will be working on finishing up their watercolor paintings and finish pieces for the January Art Show.

Thursday December 22nd
No Mom's Morning Out
No regular evening classes
Holiday hours - open 11am-4pm
Stop in during our Holiday Hours if you need to pick up a gift card, check the lost and found, or drop off work for the art show!

Friday December 23rd
Holiday hours - open 11am-2pm
Stop in during our Holiday Hours if you need to pick up a gift card, check the lost and found, or drop off work for the art show!

Saturday December 24th
STUDIO CLOSED for Christmas
No Open Studio Saturday 

Sunday December 25th
STUDIO CLOSED for Christmas

Monday December 26th
No Monday FUNdamentals
No evening classes
STUDIO CLOSED for Christmas
Monday K/1st and 2nd/3rd Grade classes -- please come to one of our special holiday pj-and-hot-cocoa classes on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday this week.  

Tuesday December 27th
No Tuesday FUNdamentals
Art Camp 10am-2pm
Regular evening classes 5pm-7pm
K/1st and 2nd/3rd Grade classes meet as scheduled.  Come in your pjs--Since our monthly projects have wrapped up, we will be making some fun holiday projects and drinking hot chocolate.

Wednesday December 28th
Art Camp 10am-2pm
Regular evening classes 5pm-7pm
4th/5th and Emerging Artists classes meet as scheduled.  Come in your pjs--Since our monthly projects have wrapped up, we will be making some fun holiday projects and drinking hot chocolate.

Thursday December 29th
Mom's Morning Out 9:30am-1:00pm
Art Camp 10am-2pm
Regular evening classes 5pm-7pm
4th/5th and Middle School classes meet as scheduled.  Come in your pjs--Since our monthly projects have wrapped up, we will be making some fun holiday projects and drinking hot chocolate.

Friday December 30th
No Friday FUNdamentals

Saturday December 31st
No Open Studio Saturday
Open for private parties 12pm-6pm


Sunday January 1st
STUDIO CLOSED for New Years Day

Monday January 2nd
No Monday FUNdamentals
No evening classes 

STUDIO CLOSED for New Years Day

Tuesday January 3rd
No Tuesday FUNdamentals 
No evening classes

Holiday hours - open 9am-12pm

Wednesday January 4th 
Resume normal hours. January classes begin!
<![CDATA[Liberty Farmers Market - Free Face Painting]]>Fri, 13 May 2016 19:54:55 GMThttp://orangeeaselart.com/orange-easel-blog/liberty-farmers-market-free-face-paintingWe're at the Farmer's Market on select Saturdays throughout the summer offering free face painting to all the kids!  Stop by and see us!