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Since 2008, art.smart.kids has offered children the opportunity to learn, explore and create art. Our approach balances:
• learning the history of art
• exploring artistic techniques, methods and mediums
• creating and playing with other children

We offer a variety of classes and programs for all ages in the Herndon and Reston, Virginia area. Our programs include weekly classes, Artful Aftern

Since 2008, art.smart.kids has offered children the opportunity to learn, explore and create art. Our approach balances:
• learning the history of art
• exploring artistic techniques, methods and mediums
• creating and playing with other children

We offer a variety of classes and programs for all ages in the Herndon and Reston, Virginia area. Our programs include weekly classes, Artful Aftern

Operating as usual

05/22/2014

Toured an impeccably well behaved group of Kindergardeners through the Japanese wing of the Freer Gallery in DC today. Explored screens, woodblock prints and Japanese Buddha. Way to go Montessori Peace School students! You rock!

Another snow day. Try one of these inside games to keep your sanity!
03/04/2014

Another snow day. Try one of these inside games to keep your sanity!

Snow Day? We have 30 STUCK INSIDE GAMES FOR KIDS!

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/50578/stuck-inside-games

Yep, we are on another snow day. I have to get some stuff done! I need the kids to have something constructive to keep them busy...

Great idea for the little ones who will be home tomorrow....
01/07/2014

Great idea for the little ones who will be home tomorrow....

Great activity for stretching imaginations. Also breaks the ice for those who “don’t know what to draw.” (Thanks, houseofbabypiranha.com)

01/07/2014

Ok, so Fairfax County schools are closed tomorrow due to the fact that it will be cold. I am entertaining the idea of a last minute art camp. Is there any interest out there?

Looking for some artful snow activities this weekend. I came across this blog just loaded with great ideas. Give one a t...
01/04/2014
Craft Knife: Outdoor Art in the Snow

Looking for some artful snow activities this weekend. I came across this blog just loaded with great ideas. Give one a try and then post a photo of your masterpiece here.

Beautiful! I will be featuring your post this week on the Kids Co-op at Housing A Forest. I would love for you to stop by and check it out!

01/04/2014

Thanks again to all the wonderful families that donated arts and crafts supplies for Inova Children's Hospital. For those who donated, I will be announcing the winner of a free class or workshop in the January newsletter, coming out soon!

01/01/2014

Happy New Year everyone! Make it an artful one.

12/19/2013

Last chance folks. Taking donations through the weekend of art supplies to go to sick children at Inova Children's Hospital this holiday. All who donate are entered to win a FREE Crafternoon or Weekend Workshop!

12/13/2013

A few spaces opened up for the Holiday workshop tomorrow. Kids will create special, one of a kind holiday gifts. If interested, contact me at [email protected].

12/11/2013

I'm still collecting art supplies to donate to the sick boys and girls at Inova Children's Hospital. During your holiday shopping, please consider picking up something for one of these children. Drop off at art.smart.kids and be entered to win a free Creative Kids! Workshop or a free Crafternoon!

12/04/2013

One spot left in the December 14th Holiday Gift Weekend Workshop. We will be making and wrapping gifts for our loved ones. Any takers? Class is from 12:3-2 for 6-10 year olds. Email me at [email protected]

12/03/2013

ManY THANKS to the Zavala and Trageser families for their recent donations to the art.smart.kids Holiday arts and crafts drive to benefit kids at Inova Children's Hospital. What's in your Amazon shopping cart? Consider adding on a few art supplies to donate to this worthy cause!

11/30/2013

Holiday shopping this weekend? Consider shopping for some arts and crafts items for the art.smart.kids Craft drive to benefit Inova Children's Hospital. Just bring your purchase to the home studio and be entered to win a free class for little artist!

Art Makes You Smart
11/25/2013
Art Makes You Smart

Art Makes You Smart

Museum visits increase test scores, generate social responsibility and increase appreciation of the arts by students.

Great idea to keep the kids busy this weekend as you are making your Thanksgiving shopping list and cleaning the house f...
11/23/2013
Make a Sugar String Pumpkin with Kids - Kids Activities Blog

Great idea to keep the kids busy this weekend as you are making your Thanksgiving shopping list and cleaning the house for guests….have them make this holiday centerpiece!

This sugar string pumpkin craft to make with kids is easy and turns out AMAZING. It has become our Thanksgiving dinner centerpiece.

11/22/2013

Up next, December 17th Holiday Crafternoon from 4:30-6 pm! Holiday crafts and decorations! Ages 4-10. Only 2 spots left in this session.E-mail me if you are interested in registering!

Happy Birthday to one of my favorite artists, Renee Magritte!
11/21/2013

Happy Birthday to one of my favorite artists, Renee Magritte!

Happy birthday to René François Ghislain Magritte, born November 21, 1898. The Belgian surrealist artist was known for his thought-provoking images, which challenge the observer’s preconditioned perceptions of reality.

Love these drawing games from Red Ted Art!
11/15/2013

Love these drawing games from Red Ted Art!

*Drawing Games*
Fancy doing more drawing with the kids, don't know where to start? A little unsure yourself? Here are 10 great fun drawing games from the lovely Artchoo

Go on.. have a go! Have fun!

http://artchoo.com/drawing-games-for-kids/

Looking forward to making these burlap wrapped holiday wreaths this afternoon with the Crafternoon kids! So easy even a ...
11/14/2013

Looking forward to making these burlap wrapped holiday wreaths this afternoon with the Crafternoon kids! So easy even a preschooler can do it!

11/09/2013

Creative Kids! Workshop this morning focused on Henry Moore's abstract sculptures. One word to describe today….AWESOME! Check out the photos below….

Moore-inspired plaster of Paris sculptures…..so fun and what a process!
11/09/2013

Moore-inspired plaster of Paris sculptures…..so fun and what a process!

11/09/2013

Last minute cancellations for the Henry Moore workshop tomorrow at 10 am means I have two extra spots. Is your 6-10 year old interested? We will be creating one of a kind sculpture.

11/07/2013

Prepping for tomorrow's Creative Kids! Workshop on Henry Moore. Covered in plaster of Paris and loving every minute of it. Can't wait to introduce a cool new way to sculpt to my students. I'll post photos tomorrow afternoon.
Worskhops are full tomorrow but, I still have space in the holiday gift making workshop on Dec. 14th. E-mail me if interested.

There are still a few spaces available in the upcoming November 14th Crafternoon! 1.5 hours of crafts, crafts and more c...
11/06/2013
Classes and Events

There are still a few spaces available in the upcoming November 14th Crafternoon! 1.5 hours of crafts, crafts and more crafts focusing on gratitude and Thanksgiving! Learn more here: There are still a few spaces available in the upcoming November 14th Crafternoon! 1.5 hours of crafts, crafts and more crafts focusing on gratitude and Thanksgiving! Learn more here:

ART EXPLORERS (ages 3-5) classes at ArtSpace Herndon 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA � Six week session is $115 (all materials included) Developed for preschool and kindergarten children, this process-oriented art class includes a brief history of an artist, movement or artistic medium that is explor...

Love these After School Artists. Worked on still life today in the style of Paul Cezanne. Using pencil, oil pastels, wat...
10/30/2013

Love these After School Artists. Worked on still life today in the style of Paul Cezanne. Using pencil, oil pastels, watercolors and a touch of tempera, look what they created!!
Beautiful pumpkin and flower still life paintings.

10/29/2013

Now registering for the November 14th Crafternoon, focusing on Gratitude and Thanksgiving crafts. Crafternoons are for ages 4-10 and run from 4:30-6 pm
Register by emailing [email protected]

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Many of you who have known me for years know that I used to own and operate an arts education for children. Although I retired from "art.smart.kids" over 6 years ago, I have a business page that is loaded with fun, engaging and, I admit it, often messy art activities and ideas. I no longer post to the page but, I thought it might be a good idea to share it here for those of you with little kids who are looking for activities to keep them engaged and busy during this time. Thank you Julie Nicholson Burke for inspiring me to post this even if you didn't realize it.
If you see an art project that you want to do but, don't know the specifics or what materials you might need I am happy to answer any questions.
Now, go get crafty with your kids!!
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