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 […]

Recently we donated 100 Creativity Cans to the kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital for a day of fun.   All of the kids jumped right in and were immersed in the magic of making!   View the video here.   Special thanks to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Jane W, Marsela G and the parents for helping […]

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 […]

We are constantly reminded of how different people are from one another. In fact, we are reminded of this on a daily basis when we interact with strangers, co-workers, friends and family members. We all have our own personalities, habits, characteristics, idiosyncrasies, likes and dislikes, strengths and weakness. Yet educational institutes (not all, but many) […]

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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 […]

Well, for starters some of us are parents, grandparents, artists, marketers, creative enthusiasts, innovators, teachers, STEAM supporters, working moms, foodies, pet lovers, product developers…

We all know her. She is the “it girl” in a sea of sameness. There isn’t a conversation on the playground that doesn’t include the phrases, “you’ll never believe what Rebecca did at our house,” and “the twins just love her and they’ve never loved anyone before.” And then there’s the ubiquitous, “I was at […]

Creativity is cool. Simply put. It’s a special human trait that allows us to create, problem solve and discover. It’s something that we all possess and use differently. It exists deep within us. We have the option to uncover it, as though it were a natural resource buried inside our bodies. Some of us use […]

Image from: Why People (Incorrectly) Think They Are Not Creative http://onforb.es/1nTLLYL. The article, “Why People (Incorrectly) Think They Are Not Creative” reminds us how in order to reach the type of creativity desired, we must put in the time to develop and become an expert in our craft. “Craft is how to do stuff. It is the […]

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