Category Archives: Spotlight

painted rocks

This summer make painting rocks top notch on your activity list, but that’s not all. Let painting rocks lead to continued family fun.
Explore our list of activities for added learning, playing, exploring, connecting and discovering this summer. Let them continue throughout the summer to truly enjoy the simple gifts they have to offer.

  • Learn about the history of painting- who painted first? Hint- they used rocks.
  • Learn about how rocks are formed by the earth and what rocky varieties there are.
  • Paint rocks to create games like tic-tac-toe or hop scotch that can be played throughout the summer.
  • Turn your painted rocks into a garden sculpture for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.
  • Hide your painted rocks around the neighborhood for other people to find. Use a sharpie to mark the back of your rocks with the city you live in such as @westlakevillagerocks
  • Try painting rock pets that each family member can care for over the summer. Talk about those processes over dinner.

The great thing about painting rocks is how it’s fun for any age. All these activities are thoughtfully made with toddlers to seniors in mind.
I hope they create feel good summer memories for your family.

-Jemma
Founder/Owner

Pinspiration

I have recently been inspired to reconfigure our Pinterest account to align with our Spotlight attention on twelve different material genres each month that focus on we have and use at the studio.
Pinterest is a fantastic resource tool I find myself turning to often. As a virtual “pin board” it allows me to keep a paperless connection to all of what would otherwise be “tear sheets” (as my dad used to call them during his Illustrating days). My dad had a huge collection of magazine and book page inspiration that he used as a go-to resource library of sorts which is exactly what Pinterest is!
Our spotlighted boards allow us to collect and share ideas and ways to reuse things that would otherwise be thought of as cast-offs by many.
This month we are Spotlighting Yarn and String at the studio. Check out our Pinterest Board of the same name to see what we make with yarn at the studio, what artists make with yarn, how it is being “recycled”, as well as where it comes from and other interesting things to know about yarn and string. As the month wares on our board will surely grow with ideas galore about this creative medium and it’s extensive reuse options. I am so excited!

Spotlighting Yarns

As we Spotlight Yarns (and String) this month we wonder, Is yarn or string recyclable?
When we searched, we found that there is awareness about yarn and the concept of recycling with websites that sell recycled yarn , we haven’t found current information that yarn can be recycled at a recycling plant so lets keep re-creating with it at the studio! We’ve also got a fun resource of ways to reuse yarn on our Pinterest account. Check out our Spotlight on Yarn page for inspirations.

Family Activity

We have one last Spotlight on Natural Things to share before November ends. On this fall day make a family moment to head outside for a walk and look for an item from nature; a pinecone, a branch or a leaf and really look at it. You’ll see order and intricate details that must be magical. It is the simple things that make life sweet.

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.

Spotlighting Yarn

Our spotlight on Yarn continues this month with this cool kid made wall hanging.
It’s a two material creation with just yarn and a branch.
What a statement piece!

Love

What a treat today! Caught @doubletapcrochet putting this piece up in our parking lot out of a sheer love and a desire to spread kindness. We also happen to be Spotlighting YARN this month. Lucky us in every way!!!

Good.

These three Agoura High School @instagoura students earned Service Learning hours volunteering at the studio.They were instrumental in the revamping our Spotlight Idea book as they categorized and organized pages and pages of material ideas fo reuse. Thank you!

Yarn!

Spotlighting yarn this month we wanted to know how yarn is made?
We found a cool link on Made How http://www.madehow.com/Volume-3/Yarn.html
where we got the scoop about how wool, silk, cotton, polyester and other fibers become yarn. It’s all In the twist!

Happy February!

Happy February!
We’ve got a great month planned for you.
Follow our daily instagram posts with the hashtag #createhearts featuring hearts of all varieties to inspire lovingness.
We have our usual open studio time, deal times and days, Messy Toddler Art Fun, Field Trip visits, Troop visits, Machine Sewing classes, Girls Club Strong Confidence Classes, A Pinspired Night, parents Night Out, M.A.T.E.S. Steam Night, Birthday Parties, a Spotlight on YARN and Oak Parks Super Saturday!
Let’s have a lovely time creating together.
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