Supplies:
 

•Yellow washable paint
•Scissors
•A fork
•2 googly eyes
•Orange construction paper
•Glue
 

Instructions:
 

Have each child dip the back of a fork into yellow paint (spread paint out on a paper plate so it’s not too heavy). Make a circle shape, pulling from center outwards with the fork. The fork’s tong marks will make the feathers!
 

Fold the orange paper in half and cut out a triangle for the beak and two legs.
 

After the yellow paint is dry, glue on the googly eyes, beak and legs to make a little chick! Happy Spring!
 

Source: Sassydealz




 

Supplies:
 

•White and pink washable paint
•Colored construction paper
•Black sharpie
•Paintbrush
 

Instructions:
 

Paint a child’s hand (except the thumb) with white paint. Have him/her squeeze the pinky/ring fingers together and the pointer/middle fingers together when pressing down to make bunny ears.
 

Paint the bunny’s ears and nose with the pink paint. Let the paint dry. Draw the bunny’s eyes, mouth and whiskers with the black sharpie.
 

Adorable!
 

Source: SassyDealz



Did you know that March is Youth Art Month? That means that this is the perfect time to learn about and create your favorite kind of art. Need ideas to help you get started? Try one of these fun projects:
 

 

1. Visit an art museum.
 

2. Draw, color, paint, or sketch.
 

3. Make computer art on a website such as Pixlr, PicassoHead, or Scribbler.
 

4. Weave, sew, embroider, knit, or crochet.
 

5. Walking art. Let kids choose an outfit that emulates their favorite painting. Think soft pastels to celebrate Monet’s Water Lily Pond or a leotard and tights for Degas’ The Star.
 

6. Create a collage using this week’s junk mail.
 

7. Make a scare owl. It’s hard to believe but spring really is on the way. Get ready for gardening season with this cool nature craft.
 

8. Make your own art supplies. This site has recipes for everything from homemade paint to DIY glue.
 

9. Reuse paper towel tubes to make seed starters, napkin rings, or a puppet.
 

10. Hit the library to find a book on your favorite artist.
 

11. Try one of these wild winter art projects.
 

12. Chalk it up. If you can get to your sidewalk or driveway, use chalk to recreate your favorite painting — or whip up a brand new masterpiece.
 

13. Take an art tour of the world – check out art and artists from other countries with a virtual tour around the web.
 

14. Create edible art and turn lunch into a feast for the eyes and taste buds.
 

15. Take a walk and try your hand at one of these nifty nature crafts.
 

16. Make this href=”http://www.kiwicrate.com/projects/Shaving-Cream-Polar-Bear/819″>polar bear out of shaving cream.
 

17. Make your own coloring book to exchange with friends.
 

18. Sculpt, carve, or mold.
 

19. Get a head start on Easter with on of these eggcellent crafts.
 

20. Paint with a compass.
 

21. Make one of these yucky crafts.
 

22. Take a photo. Create a collage, or use your favorite app to filter, crop, and edit.
 

23. Make ‘cave paintings’ using homemade mud paint.
 

24. Create these raisin box maracas.
 

25. Try your hand at expressionism by drawing a portrait of someone in your life who inspires a mood or feeling.
 

26. Research and act out a scene from your favorite painting.
 

27. Bead, brocade, or bedazzle.
 

28. Make ice sculptures in the snow.
 

29. Create flowers out of empty toilet paper tubes.
 

30. Enjoy the art of everyday. The melting icicle, the spiral of your apple peel, or the smile on your daughter’s face.
 

Source: Jenn Savedge, Mother Nature Network



March is Youth Art Month in the United States, a time to promote the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs.  We believe that art should be an important and valued part of the lives of young people.  Art and creativity promote problem solving, encourage children to try new things, use their imaginations and overcome their inhibitions or obstacles in order to grow and learn.
 

 

 

Here are some ways to encourage your child to be creative through art:
 

 

Art Workspace
Create a physical work space for your child’s art activities. Have art materials and simple household items available in a workspace area where your child can relax with the art activity of their choice anytime.
 

 

Art Supplies
Creative supplies don’t all have to be store bought!  Common items like beads, buttons, cotton balls, boxes and old magazines can be great counterparts to crayons, markers and paint.  Before you throw away or recycle items or containers, consider them for the art supply box!
 

 

Art Exploration
Help your child discover their passions and talents.  Some love to paint, some like to sketch and others may want to mold their creation.  Children who enjoy an activity are more likely to keep doing it.

 
 

Art Show and Tell
Celebrate your children’s creativity by displaying and discussing what they create.  Cover the refrigerator or frame and hang up pieces that your child is most proud of.  Encourage children to talk about the story behind their painting or drawing and artistic choices they made.

 
 

If your child needs some encouragement and suggestions when it comes to creativity, work together to in come up with ideas regarding what gets them excited.  Help your child find the fun in art and his/her imagination!



Make cute, inexpensive treats as special Valentines for classmates, friends or someone special!  

 

 

Materials:

Cupcake liners- different sizes

Lollipops

Green construction paper

Pencil

Scissors

Tape or Glue

 

Instructions:

Layer your cupcake liners on top of one another by size. Place the bigger cups on the bottom and the smallest on top.

Use a pencil to poke holes in the center of each cupcake liner. Then slide the lollipop through the holes.

Make double-sided leaves by folding your green construction paper in half, cutting along the folded line, and folding each piece in half again, lengthwise. Draw a leaf shape, but be sure the fold is at the stem side, and don’t cut through the fold.

Write a message on the leaf before securing it to the lollipop stick. Then tape or glue close the fold around the stick.

 

Source/Photo: Crafts for Kids/M.Cieloha



 

Today the Caldecott Medal was awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American children’s book of 2013. The Caldecott Medal for best illustrated book went to Brian Floca, writer and illustrator of Locomotive, about a family’s train trip from Omaha to Sacramento in 1869.
 

Given by the American Library Association, Caldecott is one of the most distinguished awards in children’s literature.
 

Last year’s Caldecott went to one of our favorites, Jon Klassen, for This is Not my Hat, a humorous tale about a tiny fish that knows it’s wrong to steal a hat. Klassen illustrated a new book, The Dark, by Lemony Snicket about a boy who overcomes being afraid of the dark.
 

Check out these and all the Caledcott Medal winners from years past here: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecotthonors/caldecottmedal



KidzArt owner Sarah Simpson and her Lead Instructor Erin Moran


 
How long have you been a franchise?
 KidzArt has been operating in the St. Johns, Florida area since 2009. My husband and I took ownership of this franchise location in August of 2012.
 
How many teachers and students do you have?
 We currently have six instructors on our staff and typically have anywhere between 170 and 200 students enrolled in our after school programs.
 
How many schools do you serve?
 This year we are serving 14 public and private schools in the area. Most of these locations have our after school classes from September through May, and some have us drop in for monthly workshops.
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What is your franchise’s philosophy?
 A quote stood out to me last year as I was watching Simon Sinek’s Ted Talk. He was explaining how if you do not understand people, you do not understand business. The quote from his speech that I keep going back to in my business is, “People don’t buy what you do; they buy WHY you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe”. With operating a small business, especially one like ours where we work primarily with children, you have to put a lot of heart into what you do.
 
Keys to your success?
 With our business, we put a lot of effort into keeping our employees happy. I fully believe that the success of our company has most to do with our instructors. They’re the face of KidzArt and are the ones who are teaching our students, managing our classrooms, and making sure each child gets the attention and guidance that they need. If I were to give advice to any small business owner, it would be to make sure you have great relationships with your staff and work with them in a realistic and understanding way if they run into any snags or ever have any questions along the way. We put a lot of value in our employees and it really pays off for everyone!
 

Do you have any advice and tips on how to foster children’s creativity and artistic nature?
  My tip is to spend time with a child just talking about a project before jumping into the hands-on portions. Kids often are so excited to start painting or start shaping their clay immediately, but we like to ease into a project by talking about the possibilities first. “What can we add to this drawing to make it more unique?” “What colors do you think you will use in your desert painting?” “Do you think the owl that we’re drawing today will have a night sky or a day sky in the background?”. When they first see a project, they’re excited about the idea of the project..but once they’ve brainstormed ways to make it their own and are assured that its perfectly okay for their artwork to be different from their friend’s artwork, they’re ready to truly be creative.
 
Do you have any interesting stories about students and how KidzArt has helped/impacted them?
  One of our slogans for KidzArt is, “Where self-expression leads to self-confidence!” We very regularly are contacted by parents who are unsure if their child will enjoy our KidzArt classes because they are a little shy. I always comfort them by explaining how art is a great way for shy children to express themselves. In my classes, I have seen so many children step outside of their “box” and really open up when they started to enjoy creating their works of art! They become confident in their ability to create something unique and the next thing you know, they’re sharing their art with the whole class!
 

Do you offer camps or birthday parties?
  Our summer camps are now open for registration! We will have summer camps in June and July in summer 2014 in St. Johns, Florida. Our summer camps are themed art camps where students create many works of 2D and 3D art using various mediums. We also offer birthday parties all throughout the year. Our birthday instructors travel to the party destination and teach birthday guests how to do a drawing, paint a canvas, paint a piggy bank, or make a clay creation. Parents can view party package information and summer camp registration information on our website (www.stjohns.kidzart.com).
 



 

Make your own holiday wrapping paper or gift tags by using homemade stamps with seasonal designs.
 

Materials:
Ball point pen (can be worn-out)
Stamp pad
Craft foam
White or colored paper or gift tags
 

Directions:
•Cut a piece of craft foam into a shape about 3” square.
•Use the pen to “carve” a design into the foam. Try a wreath, snowman or holly.
•Press designed foam into stamp pad and stamp on paper. Make multiple stamps and alternate designs to create your one-of-a-kind wrapping paper or tags!

 
Photo: clothpaperscissors.com




 

The Common Core State Standards, the standardized educational benchmarks for U.S. public schools, has omitted cursive writing as a requirement. While some states, including Indiana and Hawaii, had dropped cursive from their curriculum as early as 2011, others are fighting for it.

 

According to United Press International, teachers in at least seven states aren’t ready to let penmanship go without a fight. Many educators consider cursive writing an important skill and expressed concern about future generations lacking the ability to write or read cursive.

 

According to KidzArt president, Chris Cruikshank, “The act of cursive writing is more than just another way to communicate ideas. It truly is an art form that not only helps to develop eye-hand coordination, but also offers an individualized visual communication through each writer’s unique style.”

 

Laura Dinehart of Florida International University’s college of education, says that handwriting skills in children are a strong indicator of their success in school later, citing research that showed children who had strong handwriting at age four were more likely to excel at math and reading once they reached grade school.

 

KidzArt is concerned with the fact that 45 states have dropped cursive writing from their curriculum and is encouraging instructors to include a cursive “warm up” exercise in their art class format.

 

Sources: LiveScience.com, United Press International

Photo: Eric Cuthbert



KidzArt/Art Innovators was recently named as one of the Top 50 Franchises for Minorities. The list was published in the USA Today Franchising Today issue on October 25, 2013.
 

“We’re very proud to be part of this list of organizations who give entrepreneurs of all backgrounds the opportunity to be business owners,” says KidzArt CEO, Sue Bartman.
 

The National Minority Franchising Initiative (NMFI) has compiled its annual list of the “50 Top Franchises for Minorities” from hundreds of companies requesting inclusion. Qualifying franchisors had to have in excess of 40 operating units and final selection was based on operating units owned by minorities, as well as the number of minorities in senior management that earned over $60,000 per year.
 

“The steady increase in minority representation in franchising, especially among Hispanics and Asian-Americans, over the last several years are very encouraging,” stated Rob Bond, founder of NMFI and president of the World Franchising Network. “It certainly is evidence of minorities’ intrinsic values and work ethic. In addition, franchisors continue to make a concerted effort to reach out to minorities, which is ultimately highly beneficial in the long run to all parties involved.”
 

KidzArt is an art education program that provides drawing-based, multi-media visual arts instruction for kids from preschoolers to teens as well as adults. The organization’s after-school and camp classes provide children with a guided foundation for drawing, but also encourage brainstorming and creative thinking and other “21st century skills”.
 

KidzArt/Art Innovators has been acknowledged in the past for its achievements in the industry. The company has previously been ranked on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 and on multiple military/veteran friendly franchise lists.



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