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 […]

Want to grow and build with us from the beginning? As we begin to put all of our ideas into this blog, we thought it would be fun to partner with amazing bloggers…

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 […]

          First, acquire a handy 4-drink carrier at Starbucks® or another café. They’re made from thick pressed paper and are really sturdy and can be made into lots of fun things. Today we’ll make a candy caddy for Valentine’s Day! Included are two versions, one made with paint, the other with […]

Introduction: After you download the music from a CD, they often sit for years unused or end up in the trash. You can repurpose yours into handy boxes that are perfect for stowing art materials, desk supplies, toys, trinkets and even more CDs!! Everyone needs handy boxes for stowing things, so these make great gifts. […]

Introduction: This is a wonderful family craft where everyone can participate in creating an heirloom decoration that will be cherish for years to come. Just gather all your materials and everyone can make one house and when you put them altogether you have a village! If you have an Xacto™ knife or other cutting tool […]

Level of Difficulty: Average – This craft is fun and appropriate for the whole family, from ages 3 to adult. Younger children may need the help of an adult to glue and align their pieces, while kids 7+ may be able to do this craft with…

Photo provided by Sheryl Depp National Gallery of Art 2014 Teacher Institute Fresh Impressionism & Post-Impressionism   Faber-Castell USA Fellowship Winner: Sheryl Depp, K-5 Art Teacher at Crews Lake K8   Sheryl’s experience: “A postcard came in the mail. An ad was in the NAEA newsletter. I received e-mail about it. At that point The […]

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Here’s a fun and creative way to carve and decorate your pumpkins – kind of like a pumpkin “snowman”! It utilizes more of the bounty of fall than just pumpkins, and is a great activity for the whole family! Even teens will want to make one these crazy…

There is growing evidence we are experiencing a “creativity crisis.”  On the one hand, most people agree that creativity is essential for the future success of the human race.  On the other hand, we know children’s creativity scores have been declining since 1990.  The Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking have been measuring childhood creativity for […]

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