May 26, 2010

Tip of the day

I am pleased to be posting the first of the “tips from the expert” series.  Amelia Breed is not only an excellent art teacher, she is one of the nicest and most generous people I’ve ever met.  I’ve included information about her summer art program below.


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For pre-school aged children, 3-5 yr.

When working on projects that involve gluing, have the children use a glue mixture and a paintbrush. The glue mixture is easily made using Elmer’s glue and water (you’re looking for a thick cream/yogurt consistency), and can be applied the same way you apply paint to paper. For a more natural glue recipe, see below. This is one way to help develop fine motor skills, avoid ‘glue puddles’, and extend your glue supply. Be sure to wash the paintbrush thoroughly so that no glue is left in the bristles where they attach to the handle.

Natural Glue Recipe:

Mix flour and water until you reach a yogurt or thick cream consistency. Apply as necessary.

This glue is white in color when it dries, and may have a slight texture depending on thickness. It works great! You can store leftover supply in the refrigerator in a lidded container for a week or so.

Wheat Paste is another natural/food homemade glue used for wallpapering and professional purposes. It is permanent and archival!

Here is a fun technique you can apply to many surfaces with your young child:

st Stained Glass Tissue Paper Collage:

You can rip or cut with scissors multi-colored tissue paper. All sizes and shapes are encouraged. Using a paintbrush and glue mixture of your choice, apply glue to surface. A glass jar is a beautiful way to capture light, but you can also apply to paper (make a set of greeting cards!), cardboard, and unfinished wood furniture. Lay pieces of tissue paper on top of the glue, and then paint a layer of glue mixture on top of tissue paper. Experiment with layering the tissue paper, the colors will blend just like pieces of colored glass!

Amelia Breed is a local artist who runs an art program out of her home studio. For children’s classes this summer, check out! (Summer Registration Deadline: June 4) Now offering adult classes too!

Chickamauga School of Art

(865) 357-4625,

Summer 2010 Class Schedule

Registration Deadline June 4th

Summer Camps will include a ‘snack and story time’ break everyday!

Mural Painting

June 21-25, 9:00am-12:00pm Monday-Friday

Ages 7-10, $100/student

Work as a group to complete one large mural painting! Students will brainstorm and execute a theme of their choosing, learning to work step-by-step from background layers to foreground detail.  Small studies will be theirs to take home. The mural may be exhibited in a local venue (public library, restaurant, etc.) at a future date.


July 19-23, 9:00am-12:00pm Monday-Friday

Ages 7-10, $100/student

Students will learn to create paper maché and found object sculpture while exploring their imagination.  We will draw, paint, build, glue, wrap, tape, and more to achieve each student’s original creation!

Books and Paper Arts

July 26-30, 9:00am-12:00pm Monday-Friday

Ages 6-8, $100/student

This class will begin with a garden walk to collect leaves, flower petals, and other natural material, and finish with a collection of hand-made books. We will make our own paper, explore painting and dying, and learn beginner sewing techniques for binding!

Little Ones Workshop

Friday, June 18, 10:00-11:00am

Friday, July 16, 10:00-11:00am

Ages 3-5, $15/student

These workshops will explore beginner projects to help spawn creativity and develop fine motor skills all in the name of fun! Parents are welcome to stay for the duration of class.

Registration forms found online at, or contact me directly.

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