Make cute, inexpensive treats as special Valentines for classmates, friends or someone special!
Cupcake liners- different sizes
Green construction paper
Tape or Glue
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
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.
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.
Ball point pen (can be worn-out)
White or colored paper or gift tags
•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!
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.
Explore Germany and Austria in 2014!
Dates: June 27th – July 6th – 2014
Come on an adventure with the Apex KidzArt Studio and Travel for Teens on a family friendly itinerary. This German and Austrian cultural immersion adventure features central, authentic accommodations, superb meals along with cultural activities.
The itinerary will highlight the best sights and experiences the romantic Rhine River, medieval Rothenburg, Munich, the Bavarian Alps and Mozart’s Salzburg. This itinerary has been specially designed for families with activities that will appeal to the young and the young at heart! Check out link for detailed itinerary http://tftschooltrips.com/apex2014/index.html.
Considered one of the most popular and top selling contemporary artists (based on auction records compiled by Artprice), Jeff Koons is an American artist who works with sculpture and mixed media. He’s known for his brash style of avant-garde art.
His reproduction of ordinary, commonplace objects such as balloon animals produced in stainless steel go for substantial sums of money. His Orange Balloon Dog is one in a series of five and is expected to sell for between $35 and $55 million at Christie’s this month according for Forbes Magazine!
Koons has created original sculptures of celebrities such as Michael Jackson in 1988 and most recently Lady Gaga for her newly released album. He even applied his style of art to a black BMW that has vivid primary colors covering it to create the look of speed.
His works have been exhibited at some of the best art museums throughout the world from New York to Versailles.
KidzArt/Art Innovators president Chris Cruikshank viewed Koons’ Michael Jackson sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Art. “The sculpture had a weird effect on me. The material was shiny and white and it was as if it was daring the viewer to find some common ground,” says Cruikshank.
For a glimpse at all of Koon’s art collections, visit www.jeffkoons.com.
Decorate your front door to give trick or treaters some extra Halloween fun!
What you’ll need:
1 Paper Plate
Green or Purple Crepe Paper
1 Pack of Giant Black Pipe Cleaners
White or Silver Painters Tape
Rip off small pieces of crepe paper, crinkle them and glue to the plate until the entire plate is covered. Use tape to stick on googly eyes.
Cut 6 equal length pieces of black pipe cleaners and tape them to the back of the plate. Now you have your spider.
Use strips of painters tape to make several octagons on the door to make the spider’s web.
Attach the spider with more tape and you’re finished!
If you’re celebrating Christopher Columbus’ arrival to America today, make mini versions of his ships, the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria from painted egg carton cups.
What you’ll need
• 3 egg carton cups
• Brown acrylic craft paint
• ¼ cup modeling clay or play dough
• 6 toothpicks
• 1 sheet white paper
• White craft glue
How to make it
1. Paint the egg cups inside and out with brown paint. Set aside to dry.
2. Cut sails from white paper. You will need 6 large sails (1.5″ x 1″) and 18 small sails (.5″ x .75″).
3. Set aside three of the toothpicks for the large sails. Break or cut the other three toothpicks in half, giving you 6 halves.
4. Put a line of glue through the middle of one of the small sails. Place the cut or broken end of one of the toothpick halves onto the glue line.
5. Roll it in the glue to cover both sides, then place another sail on top, sandwiching the two sails together. Flatten the sails together with your fingers and set aside to dry.
6. Repeat step number 5 with each toothpick half and 2 small sails (each).
7. Following the guide in step number 5, make the larger salls. For each large sail you will need a toothpick, 2 small sails and 2 large sails. Glue the small sail to the end of the full toothpick, and then glue the larger sail beneath it, leaving a small gap between the top and bottom sail. Set aside to dry.
8. Roll a small amount of clay in your palm, enough to line the bottom of the egg cup. Place in the egg cup and flatten to cover bottom.
9. Insert open end of large sail into the middle of the clay. Insert two small sails, one on either side of the large sail, into the clay.
Source/photo credit: Spoonful.com