To Mom: You help me Grow N’ Glow You are Beautiful & Sweet You Rock! You are my BFF! I Love when we do Art together Thank you for allowing me to express my Creativity! Happy Mother’s Day! love, Your Doodle–Bug  

In 2014, Faber-Castell® Premium Children’s Art Products launched its first ever Marker Recycling Program. 100 Terracycle boxes were distributed to schools nationwide. These boxes are used to collect empty plastic marker barrels. When the boxes are full, the marker barrels are then sent to Terracycle where they find new lives as outdoor furniture, reclaimed jewelry, […]

“When you put together things that people have thrown out, you’re really bringing them to life – a spiritual life that surpasses the life for which they were originally created.” -Louise Nevelson 1899-1988 By Janis Doukakis   Vocabulary: Found objects – objects that originally had a different purpose, which the artist collected and used in […]

Celebrate Earth Day (and every day) with fun art and craft activities: Make a Recycled Flower Bouquet with this template, colored paper, chenille stem and glue/tape. Color and construct a Flower Flip Book. Find words and learn vocabulary with this eco word search. Color, draw and construct a “My Ecology Journal” with these printable pages: […]

Fun lesson for Earth Day! By Janis Doukakis   Introduction: The goal of this exercise is for students to learn about the concept and use of warm and cool colors in a watercolor painting of their own. The Connector Paints are designed to click together in various creative combinations for interest and to encourage creativity. […]

Let’s make a robot! By Janis Doukakis This is a fun craft to celebrate Earth Day (or really any day!) Level of Difficulty: Easy This craft is appropriate for kids aged 4 years and older and may require some adult assistance. Children 8+ may be able to do this craft unassisted, except for the use […]

Introduction: This idea came from loading up old clothes to take to Goodwill – there were soooo many t-shirts! Some of these had little holes or were stained or were just gifts or promos that were never worn… (Would your Dad wear a bright orange shirt? Maybe, but ours ended up in the Goodwill box). […]

Jamie Gallagher, CEO of Faber-Castell® USA, was a featured speaker at Creativity World Forum hosted by Creative Oklahoma. Feature photo by Garett Fisbeck   Gallagher’s speech, “Creatives Wanted: Artists Need Not Apply,” addressed how “creative talent” may not be defined in the same traditional manner or for the same traditional roles which you might think. […]

On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, Creativity World Forum in Oklahoma will inspire, educate and engage in discussions regarding the importance of creativity, innovation and ingenuity. Jamie Gallagher, CEO of Faber-Castell® USA, is a featured speaker in the topic circuit of Why Creativity Matters to Business Today. The topics of the afternoon session will focus on […]

Thanks to Jim Bessman at examiner.com for this great article showcasing why artist extraordinaire and friend, Franz Spohn, loves Faber-Castell® Premium Children’s Art Products.   During the 4-day Toy Fair event, Franz demonstrated the new Gluten-Free Tempera Paints and Gel Crayons. Take a look at this amazing video:  

By Janis Doukakis   Grade Level: 2nd – 5th grade   Time Required: Two 45 min. class periods   Objective: Students will explore the cultural significance of the Kachina Doll, and the role it plays in the lives of the Hopi Native American Indian Culture. Students will then create a Kachina doll drawing with a […]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This sparkling green shamrock was made from Tooby Loops™, an open-ended craft kit using unique mesh tubing that inspires imagination and is highly addictive as a craft component. Instructions for this quick, easy craft:   1. Insert 1 green chenille stem into the Tooby Loop.  Bend the stem into a circle. […]

By Janis Doukakis   “Art is a process, not a product. Where art is concerned, it is the process of creating—exploring, discovering, and experimenting, that has the greatest value. Through self-expression and creativity, children’s skills will develop naturally, and their ability to create will soar.” —MaryAnn F. Kohl   Objective: Students will experiment with a […]

By Janis Doukakis   “Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see.” —Henri Rousseau 1844-1910   Grade Level: 2nd – 6th grade   Time Required: three 45-min. class periods   Objective: Students become acquainted with Henri Rousseau’s life and art, and then create their own fantasy rain forest […]

Introduction: The technique shown here, called “Resist”, is when you apply one material that is waxy or oily and then go over it with a water-based material that is not waxy or oily and won’t mix – it resists! In this case I’m using crayon as the resist, but you can also use Oil Pastels. […]

Introduction: The perfect snow day or rainy day activity! If this long winter makes you feel like you’re stuck inside a white and grey world, try making these colorful creations for your windows and you’ll brighten up any room with loads of sunny color! We call them “stained glass,” because just like the real thing, […]

Introduction: Are you ever frustrated by the limitations of egg dyeing? All those pastel colors and it’s so hard to create fun details? Well no more! Amazingly, Faber-Castell Colored Pencils are made with a non-wax emollient formula that can work on eggshells! It is so easy to get the color and details you’ve always wanted […]

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Faber-Castell® has partnered with Hands on Crafts to create fun, DIY, family crafts. Hands on Crafts For Kids is the resource for kids craft projects and instructions for kids 6-12 and parents, teachers and other group leaders. It includes school and curriculum based projects, multi-cultural projects, and every day, holiday and seasonal ideas. Make Your […]

National poll conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Creativity for Kids® reveals synchronicity between men and women but differences between generations     CLEVELAND, Ohio (February 10, 2015) – A national poll conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Creativity for Kids®, a Faber-Castell® brand, revealed that 94% of Americans say it […]