Naturalistic Observation



SUPPLIES
Art supplies
Paper
You Eyes!

WHAT IS NATURALISTIC OBSERVATION?
It’s the practice of observing things (animals—including humans—or plants) in their environment without intervention (disturbing them). It can be a great way to capture living things in art!

INSTRUCTIONS
1. First, observe!...
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Paper helicopter



SUPPLIES
Helicopter template
Scissors
Pencils
Paper clips

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Cut out the template (Download the template here!). Then cut along the solid lines.
2. Fold the A piece towards you and the B piece away from you.
3....
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Maker Family Challenges!



We have been hosting some fun open-ended programs that the whole family can do together which can easily be replicated at home.

Build a Boat

Can you build a boat that floats? Use recycled materials, things from outside, and whatever else you can dream of. Take it further by...
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Duct Tape Lunch Box



SUPPLIES

Duct tape (2 colors if using a contrasting color for the edges)
Print Two copies of the Lunchbox Template
Scissors
1 X 1 inch piece of Self-sticking Velcro

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Draw a self-portrait



Questions to ask before you begin

  • What about yourself do you want to express?
  • Do you want to add fantasy elements, go abstract (using shapes or colors to represent real things) or keep it realistic like a photo?
  • What are your surroundings? Where do you wish you were?
  • Who inspires you as an artist?
  • How can you...
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Build a Camera Obscura!



SUPPLIES
2 paper rolls (recycled toilet paper rolls work!)
Duct tape
Aluminum foil
Thumbtack
Coffee filters

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Cut out a square of aluminum foil to cover the bottom of one of the rolls. Tape it on so that it is flat and smooth, and then put a pinhole in the middle of it using the thumbtack.
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Sew n' Glow - LED bracelets!



Adapted from http://www.atxdiy.com/2010/07/05/tutorial-sew-a-simple-circuit/

SUPPLIES

  • Sew-On Snaps- Make sure they are metal and not coated with paint, they need to conduct electricity.  Magnetic snaps would also work
  • Needle – Needs to have a relatively small...
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Make mini-zine!



SUPPLIES

• paper
• scissors
• art supplies to draw or write with
• photocopier
• your eyes, brains, and hands!

INSTRUCTIONS
Think about your objective or reason for making the zine. Are you trying to make one that inspires people to do something? Teaches your reader something you know? Tells them a story? Here...
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Banana Tattoos



SUPPLIES
• Giant pushpins (or normal ones)
• Bananas

INSTRUCTIONS
Grab a fresh banana (one not too brown or old).  Either cut out a stencil or thing you want to trace and start tracing making small holes in the banana skin (don’t go too deep!), or just start poking holes in the shape you want to make. Watch as the dots...
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Recycled Paper Notebooks



SUPPLIES
- paper cut to the size you want
- paper for your spine
- cover paper (slightly heavier and decorated)
- collage supplies - old magazines, foam letters, stamps, colored pencils, etc
- glue (Elmers)
- clothes pins or binder clips
- paintbrush (an old one)

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Grab as many pieces...
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