Whether you get snow this winter or not, you can still talk about winter with your young kids and use Vivaldi’s music too. All you need is your imagination (and your children got plenty of it, I bet!) First, some background. Vivaldi composed his 4 violin concerti (or concertos) Four Seasons as program music .Continue reading “Share Vivaldi’s Winter with Your Kids This Holiday Season!”
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Sugar Plum Fairy: Fun Facts and Ideas This Holiday Season
For years The Nutcracker ballet and its timeless music had been associated with Christmas. “This is Christmas music,” my students told me after I played Tchaikovsky’s famous dances in one of my classes. Indeed, the holiday season’s excitement is unthinkable without the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy‘s music. But who is she? Why SugarContinue reading “Sugar Plum Fairy: Fun Facts and Ideas This Holiday Season”
Books About Art and Artists: New Picks
As it gets colder, we tend to spend more time indoors. Here is an idea: turn off TV and electronics, and invite your kid to share an art book. Not sure where to start? Here are a few art books for young kids I came across recently. I found all of them… in a library!Continue reading “Books About Art and Artists: New Picks”
Imagination: Where the Wild Things Are.
Just look how creative the kids are when stimulated by interesting materials! And the best thing is… that we all have these in our homes or right outside of them. But… how do you present different materials to make creativity soar? Should you involve your kids in gathering them? What materials “go together”? I composedContinue reading “Imagination: Where the Wild Things Are.”
Art Books: Great New Finds
In a summer many of us get to spend more time with our kids, and, often, try out new activities. So, why not introduce your child to fine art? Visit local museum or exhibition. Look together at famous paintings. Watch a kid-friendly show about an artist on a YouTube. And, the simplest thing of all,Continue reading “Art Books: Great New Finds”
Stories About Great Artists
Recently, I discovered a series of art books for children that I immediately fell in love with. It all started with the book Cezanne and the Apple Boy by Laurence Anholt. Right from the start, I was lost in a delightful story introducing young readers to Pull Cezanne, his life, his ideas, and his paintings.Continue reading “Stories About Great Artists”
And All That Jazz!
When it comes to introducing young children to jazz, one can find many great resources online as well as in the library. Here are some of them. I hope this irresistible music will get you and your young ones swinging. Books and CDs Make sure to get the books as kits with CDs or asContinue reading “And All That Jazz!”
Here is why I’m inviting your kids to join my classes on Outschool.
Many parents (and I used to be among them) feel uncomfortable with the idea of young children using Zoom. It’s totally understandable. After all, many parents felt frustrated with their kids’ remote learning due to the pandemic. Also, many would probably agree, that for a young child, learning in-person is best. Nevertheless, as I’ve discoveredContinue reading “Here is why I’m inviting your kids to join my classes on Outschool.”
Creating With Nature
Do you have weeds in your garden? Do clover flowers pick their stubborn heads in your lawn? Let your kids use them in their play and crafts! That’s right: summer is a great time to use nature in creative ways. Here are some ideas. Make a plant soup or salad. Bring out toy pots, andContinue reading “Creating With Nature”
Summer, Creativity, and Fine Art
What could inspire creativity better than outdoors in summer time? Running on a beach, watching fireflies, smelling wild flowers, or going for a hike, provides our kids with endless opportunities to expend their imagination. Let’s use it to connect with fine art. After all, nature inspired so many great artists. Just choose your favorite onesContinue reading “Summer, Creativity, and Fine Art”