Thanksgiving Pinecone Kids Craft Kids

The holidays are my favorite time to craft with the kids. Even though it is one of the busiest times of the year, it is important to set time aside to bond and learn those life lessons and motor skills they will carry with them forever.

How to Draw a Turkey

Let kids personalize their Thanksgiving with this “How to Draw a Turkey” art project.  Our turkey is based on the book,“The Very Stuffed Turkey” by Katharine Kenah. We encourage you to read it first and then start drawing! Imagine, create, experiment and discover. Art is where children learn to express ideas and feelings, solve problems, and develop […]

Day of the Dead Art Project

In this lesson plan, students make a Day of the Dead skeleton box, or “nicho.” Nichos are traditionally used to decorate alters which are constructed to honour the souls of the dead friends and relatives. These nichos are handmade wooden boxes containing cute little skeleton or “calaca” scenes relevant to El Dia de los Muertos […]

Fall Art Lesson Plan

Create vibrant acorns and leaves in this Fall art lesson based on the book “Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall”. ART AT HOME – Fostering a creative foundation in your child with art Imagine, create, experiment and discover. Art is where children learn to express ideas and feelings, solve problems, and develop self confidence and self discipline. You can […]

Origami

  We know that the ancient art of origami is fun to do and pretty to look at. But can the actual folding process be beneficial to your health? The research says yes! Here are five reasons why I recently incorporated origami into our routine: More Quality Time Together Origami, the ancient and traditional Japanese […]

Mixed Media Lesson Plan

Objective: Students learn painting and mixed media techniques to create a magical tree. “As he came to his favorite tree, Fletcher saw a magical sight; the tree was hung with a thousand icicles shinning silver in the early light. ‘You are more beautiful than ever,’ whispered Fletcher.” FLETCHER AND THE FALLING LEAVES, by Julia Rawlinson, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke   National […]

Creativity Cans at Principal Show

Faber-Castell® launched their iconic Creativity Can at the 2017 National Principals Conference in Philadelphia to inspire hands-on creative experiences in the classroom. Creativity Can® is a versatile, hands-on tool for learning the 4C’s of 21st Century Skills. Creativity Communication Collaboration Critical thinking   This innovative, ready-to-use educational tool is filled with simple and fun materials […]

power of positive thinking

Everyone knows that exercise offers multiple health benefits, but did you know that spreading positive thoughts and kindness does, too? Positivity and good health go hand-in-hand. Even though researchers haven’t found the exact physical link between the two, they continuously see the power of its results. Find out how staying positive and kind can keep […]

rock painting trend

Hide and Seek Rock Painting There’s a new trend hiding around every corner of the world, and it ROCKS-literally! People are taking the classic activity of rock painting a step further by hiding these inspiring works of art in public places for others to find.  See how this easy and fun activity is making landslides […]

Have you heard about the hide and seek rock painting movement? Groups of all ages are hiding painted rocks across the country in hopes of spreading kindness and joy to those that discover them.  Guest blogger, Marisa Wissman, who was co-chair of a recent rock painting event at her children’s school, describes why rock painting […]

An interview with Franz Spohn, artist extraordinaire: 1. You are the “Artist Extraordinaire” at Faber-Castell.  What is the best part about being the Artist Extraordinaire?   To begin, I consider it quite an honor. To have the opportunity to work with lots of kids, families, educators and of course, the many wonderful folks at Faber–Castell. This […]

Learn to Paint

In this lesson plan, students will learn to paint boats like Claude Monet. An example of Monet’s artwork Fishing Boats, Calm Sea (1868) is shown here. Growing up outside the port city of Le Havre, France, Monet was familiar with boats. His father earned his living servicing larger ships at his small shop. Monet never owned his own boat until the […]

Written by Robert Cambria, Executive Director of LilySarahGrace   As an organization committed to bringing the arts and creativity back into classrooms, it should come as no surprise that there are few events we look forward to more each year than our annual Los Angeles Craft Fair. This event not only offers more than a […]

Behind the Creativity Here at Faber-Castell USA, we have a lot of fun turning our passion for creativity into fun experiences and thought you would like to learn more about us!   An interview with Mary K., Director of Product Development, Creativity for Kids Brand:    How long have you worked at Faber-Castell USA?  I’ve […]

Easter Egg Decorating

We’ve created 6 simple techniques to make unique and festive Easter Eggs with Faber-Castell Fizzy Paints Supplies needed: A bowl of clean water Hard boiled eggs or empty egg shells Paper towels Protective layer for work surface (wax paper) Faber-Castell Fizzy Paint Kit   We hope you enjoy decorating your Easter Egg! We’d love to […]

nature lesson

Create a nature journal with this fun and scientific lesson plan. Students will study plants and animals and create a nature journal filled with sketches, notes and other exciting discoveries! Objective: Students conduct a scientific study of plant and animal life in their own backyard or neighborhood by documenting it with sketches, field notes and research, […]

Rock Painting Lesson

Rock Painting with a twist! Students develop the drawing and painting skills to transform a rock into a rabbit. HOME FOR A BUNNY–by Margaret Wise Brown, Illustrated by Garth Williams In the Spring a bunny came down the road. He was going to find a home of his own. A home for a bunny, a […]

Henri Matisse Art Lesson

In this Henri Matisse Art Lesson, students will learn about the life and art of Henri Matisse, and create a cut out collage inspired by his work.   “From the moment I held the box of colors in my hands, I knew this was my life. I threw myself into it like a beast that […]

Behind the Creativity Here at Faber-Castell USA, we have a lot of fun turning our passion for creativity into fun experiences and thought you would like to learn more about us! An interview with Lisa G., Assistant Design Manager and developer/designer of Color Your Mood Crystal Jewelry  How long have you worked at Faber-Castell USA […]

Tar Beach

Tar Beach lesson plan is inspired by the work of the famous writer, painter and quilter, Faith Ringgold. Grade Level: 2nd – 4th grade Objective: Students learn about the Contemporary American artist Faith Ringgold, and create their own story quilt collage inspired by her book, Tar Beach. Time Required: 3 45-min. class periods National Core Arts […]

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