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The Re Odyssey

When I am posting on social media and hashtagging words, I wind up including lots of words that start with Re. That lead me on a thinking odyssey, I can put a “re” in front of tons of words that connect to creativity and get a descriptive match to our creative reuse sensibilities!
When kids and adults recycle by reusing they are applying these R’s and that’s exactly the things we need to be doing not just in art but in an everyday way!
When it comes to recycling it’s all about the “Re”.
Try applying it to the things you don’t want any more. It’s good food for thought.

Cardboard Fun.

This month we put a spotlight on Cardboard at the studio, taking a look at how it’s made, what artists do with it and how we use it.
We get lots of boxes that we cut up for reuse.
Cardboard is a go-to at the studio for getting parties started and for troop visits. In both cases we make these mini cardboard canvases with popsicle stick easels.
Kids love to paint their own mini masterpieces to showcase at home.

Creating at Home Idea 15

Hey kids! Make your own confetti!
This is a fun way to reuse everyday packaging pieces to make a fancy craft embellishment to create with at home.
You can collect the shiny or interestingly printed tear tops from food packaging like coffee, trail mix and chips. I collected the tops from bags that have a zip lock closure (where no food touches).
You can also use wrapping paper or any shiny plastic scraps. Once you’ve gathered a batch of packaging tops or paper, cut them into strips , then stack them on top of one another and cut them into bits between 1/4″ and 1/2″ to make your confetti. Collect your confetti for use with any creating you do at home.

Westlake Village City Celebration

This is one of yesterday’s creations during the Westlake Village City Celebration.
In addition to all the games, rides and activities, it was awesome to have kids and their families spend time at our booth creating their ideas and imaginings.
This character reminds me of the Iron Giant, one of our family favorites.

Writing with style.

Looking forward to Cursive Handwriting for Grade Schoolers this afternoon from 4-5pm at CReATE with @kristinavirtuedesigns .
Imagine building the skill to write your name, thoughts, stories and ideas with confidence and flair.
This skillset leads to a lifetime of good vibes as kids write their ways through education and the day to day tasks of living along the way. We have sports available.
Call 818-575-9566

Hurray for Kid Skills!

We’ve got our Machine Sewing TWO series today and next Tuesday and from 3:30 to 6pm at CReATE.
Machine sewing is just right for honing skill to create anything that can be sewn like clothing and accessories, interior design elements, crafty do-dads and toys for kids age 7 and up! Practicing skill is exactly how to develop it for a lifetime of use. Sign-up here
Http:// or call us at 818-575-9566

Reyes Adobe Days

Sometimes it’s the funnest to fill a bottle with all kinds of stuff and that’s all.We’ve been having a blast with diy creating and our projects zone at Reyes Adobe Days. Join us tomorrow for more fun tomorrow from 11am-4pm at Reyes Adobe Park in Agoura Hills.

Come see us.

Welcome to our new studio entrance. It feels so open and welcoming, come visit us for some d.i.y. creating time. Come see us. We’re open 11am-6pm and weekends from 12-4pm.
We’d love to see you.

Creativity is in the air

We’re excited to be bringing our non-profit, CReATE ON YOUR CAMPUS to partnering schools this fall. That means creativity will be flowing more freely on campuses we work with and you know we LOVE opportunities to foster creativity.

Bringing our reuse program to campuses means we set them up to put recycling into action by reusing campus cast-off materials for artistic outlets in creative exploration. Saving things they were once thought of as cast-offs makes them a raw material to create with and we know how well that works at create so schools get a win/win result for their participation.

It is so exciting to see what kids create with just a few basic items like cardboard, paper and some tape.  We know that exercising their creative muscles helps kids develop their thoughts and ideas through trouble shooting, problem solving and critical thinking. We found an article by  Serena O’Connor , the Head of Art at Walden School in the UK brings this value home. She expresses the need creative outlets for students and that art an important component of filling that need. We couldn’t agree more. That’s why at CReATE ON YOUR CAMPUS we’re on a mission to connect kids with creativity, one recycled material at a time.
Learn more about our non-profit CReATE ON YOUR CAMPUS

Fond moments.

Looking forward to messy toddler art fun tomorrow morning.
Since my kids are older now, spending a morning with little creators, exploring, trying, and generally making is just the next best thing to my time as a young mama where it was all about now.