Wait. Before you run away this is going to be basic, easy, fun, and you will be amazed at what you can do with a square piece of paper.
My heritage is Eastern European as in my genealogy story Roots, trees, and family. Art from other cultures has certainly been a part of my background. My mother's brother had married a young woman when he was in the military stationed in Japan. When he was transferred to a different area, she lived with us to keep expenses low. What fun it was to learn about Asian customs and styles. I remember how she modeled her wedding attire when we had an American-style bridal shower for her. (I recall that it took hours for her to appear; mostly because of the traditional hair and makeup process).
Shigeko taught my sister, brother, and me a lot about how things were different in her country. There were times that she didn't understand our table manners. Her's were impeccable, and she was apt to spend the entire morning cooking for our evening meal, and then she would quietly stand back and enjoy watching us eat what she had prepared.
This origami lesson is one of the things that I remember so well. What she could do with small pieces of paper was mesmerizing to our young eyes.
Let's have at it. Origami from ori, meaning "folding" and kami, meaning "paper." Basically, that's it. Paper and folding. Generally, the goal is to transform a square piece of paper into a finished sculpture.
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ORIGAMI BUTTERFLY (age 10 through 12)
What you will need for this easy tutorial:
Small (about 6") square, lightweight Origami paper.
How easy is that?
metal ruler (optional)
Follow this Youtube tutorial on this first lesson: ORIGAMI BUTTERFLY
Materials for your origami lesson
Easy doesn't mean the end result is not pleasing. As a former art teacher to young kindergartners through fifth-graders, I recognized that child art has a distinct charm of its own. The images are honest, forthright expressions of the child's world as he or she feels it and understands it to be.
WARM & COOL COLORS (age 5 through 8)
Have a conversation with your child or children.
Ask your child "what makes you feel warm? " (Sun, fireplace, sandy beach).
What warm colors can you name?
"What makes you feel cold?" (snow, ice, pool water, wind)
What cool color can you name?
Then, have these colors available in crayons, markers, colored pencils, chalk, etc. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.
Have white paper available and let your child draw. It's that simple. Sometimes we adults make things complicated by suggesting what WE think they should draw and create.
Let their little minds draw the image that is in their heads.
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Yarn Painting (ages 10 to adult)
Yarn paintings are literally what they sound like, paintings made of yarn. Originally yarn paintings were from the Huichol Native Americans. This lesson is a bit more patience intensive but the results will be rewarded when finished: oohs and ahs.
Yarns - scraps of yarn will do.
Quick sketch with a pencil that shows your design
Fill in the areas with short pieces of yarn. A pencil or kabob stick holds down the yarn.
Attach your art to a firm base, like a styrofoam plate.
4. Finish. Admire your work
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