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 […]

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 […]

Valentine's Day Art Project

  Grade Level: Kinder – 6th grade   Time Required: 1-1/2 45-min. class periods   Objective: Students identify the people, moments, memories, places and things that are important to them. They then create artwork expressing their ideas in a heart painting.     Materials: Connector Paint Box/brush DuoTip Black Marker Watercolor Pad 9 x12   […]

It’s the throes of summer and we are thinking today of the SEA! Can’t get to the ocean? Well, neither can we. But we CAN make a fun jellyfish craft using recycled materials. Most of the items you’ll need can be found around the house- even in the recycle bin! Just make sure all of […]

Boredom Makes Kids Successful

Boredom gets kids to use their imaginations. Everyone reading this article is familiar with boredom. It can gnaw at you and stretch out each minute of the clock. It makes you want to leave wherever you are and go someplace else ― anyplace else. Of course, it’s natural for parents to want to reduce their […]

While there are many advantages of easy access to technology, growing up in a technology-centered world can be harmful to kids’ normal creative development.  Screen time interferes with the important process of finding out about the world through hands-on play. Your child spending a lot of time on devices may be inevitable in this age, […]

Welcome to the World of Creativity! The North American International Toy Fair, also known as “Toy Fair” is an annual event where hundreds of exhibitors launch new products in the toy industry. Closed to the public, this our opportunity to invite retailers and the press to see the hottest new products coming to the market. […]

Download and print free, fun activities to help celebrate Halloween and all things spooky, creepy and scary!     Grab your crayons, colored pencils and glue:   Make Your Own Skelton – Craft   Monsters & Aliens – Hidden Picture Half Alien – Fill In & Color Mask Template – Craft Monster Fun – Create […]

Introduction: Use the bounty of your backyard to create one or more of these Woodland Crown varieties! These beautiful, all natural crowns will add that special touch to your summer festivals and everyday make-believe dress-up. The samples are made out of real flowers, but these will wilt within a day or two. You can also […]

Introduction: Pinwheels are a nostalgic favorite that have delighted kids for generations. They are so simple to make and with a little imagination you can find new ways to use these clever little whirligigs for parties, decorations and good old-fashioned fun! Since they are so quick to make, you could make a bunch of giant […]

10 Summer Boredom Busters

    Summer is upon us so the Creativity Connection team compiled a list of fun boredom busters for you and your kids!   Frozen Pops Bright colors and quick to dry, these tempera paints will brighten your day in a snap! Tempera paint can be used for just about everything from creating signs to […]

Introduction: Just think how many water bottles (and soda bottles) end up in landfills! They can be recycled but many don’t make it into the recycling centers and even when they do it takes more energy to convert these into other plastic items… So save a few and turn them into cool party decorations!   […]

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  

“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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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