No, it hasn’t snowed this year in Alabama, unless you count the day in January when it snowed huge, puffy flakes that were liquid before they hit the ground.
However, it is the right time of year, even in Alabama. Ever since Louise started taking a weekly art class at Hobby Lobby at the beginning of the month, I’ve been itching to pull out some of our art supplies and get busy. There’s really no excuse for why I haven’t, except for the fact that I’m very overwhelmed right now with extra work and messes. I decided earlier in the week, though, that this Fun Friday was the day, mess or no mess, and I turned to my favorite art resource, Deep Space Sparkle, for inspiration and instruction. I finally settled on a literature-inspired project based on one of my favorite picture books, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. I chose this particular project for two reasons: first, and most importantly, I had all the art supplies necessary (minus the glitter, but I’m not too keen on it anyway) and second, it’s the right time of year. The DLM and I took a nap after lunch (and a morning of reading aloud, visiting a local bakery for an early birthday treat, and a visit to the library), and I managed to wake up before him and in enough time to mostly complete this project with the girls. Please, do visit Deep Space Sparkle for the nitty-gritty of how to do this fun project!
I truly love doing art with my children. I find it so relaxing. (Okay, that sounds like I don’t get stressed out about it, which isn’t totally true. I don’t like the mess, and I have a hard time not being bothered by their frustration over perfectionism, etc., but the actual doing of the art is very relaxing to me and worth the stress.) My main reason to share this today is to shine the spotlight on Deep Space Sparkle, though. Patty, the art teacher responsible for this fantastic resource, has just begun a series on teaching art at home (part 1 and part 2, with more to come, I hope) that I think all homeschooling parents who desire to create art in their homeschools could probably benefit from. I’m determined to leave my lesson plan book behind at least a few times a month and just create with my children. It is worth it.
Here are a few other art projects we’ve done over the past few years inspired by Deep Space Sparkle: