Free Online Art Lessons for Kids

Free Online Art Lessons for Kids

Did school close due to Coronavirus? Join us for FREE online art lessons for kids (and adults). Ease some anxiety with art therapy, learn how to create awesome projects, and enjoy getting creative.

FAQ

How Do I Sign Up?
-Please go to our YouTube channel:
youtube.com/c/wildfreeandcrafty
-Click “Subscribe”
-Click the bell icon to be notified when we post new videos

Is It Really Free? What’s the Catch?
Seriously, it’s really free! No catch. I just want to provide a great resource and help our community during difficult circumstances.

I Want to Donate. How Can I Contribute?
There have been many who have requested a donation link. You can donate through this link if you feel it in your heart to do so:
https://bit.ly/2QiIgki
I plan to use some of the proceeds to help families in need in my community and order groceries for those who may be high risk and unable to venture out.
Our supply lists are also Amazon affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you any extra and we receive a small contribution to help us keep doing what we’re doing. 

When do classes start? What time?
Classes begin on Monday, March 16th. You will be able to view our videos at any time after we post them. We record in the morning, edit in the afternoon, and then it takes most of the afternoon and evening for it to upload to YouTube, so you may be participating in lessons the morning after it posts on YouTube.

LESSON PLANS:

Our first four lessons will require items most people have at home already. You might have many of the supplies at home for all of the lessons. I recommend purchasing supplies you do not already have at home.  Keep in mind, Amazon may be taking longer than the usual 2 days to ship items, so please order as soon as possible to ensure you have supplies on hand for our art lessons.  Most lessons are suitable for a wide age range, including adults! You can share supplies with your children and create together. My goal is to use a lot of these supplies up within the next few weeks, but if you have supplies left over, it’s great to make art anytime! And, summer break will be here before you know it. 😉  Feel free to join us for all the lessons or some. If you are on a budget, you can substitute with items you have at home already or pick and choose the classes you participate in. Keep in mind, depending on how many children you have participating, these supplies are enough to last far past these classes.

Here is the class schedule along with the supplies needed for each day.

ALL SUPPLIES NEEDED are listed below this list and include buttons to take you straight to that product on Amazon.

***PLEASE NOTE, CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE SCHEDULE AS OF 3/22***

DAY 1: Tuesday, March 17 – Pop Art Donuts.
Supplies: Printer paper and markers

DAY 2: Wednesday, March 18 – Zentangle Clover
Supplies: Printer paper and markers

DAY 3: Thursday, March 19 – Mixed Media Honey Bees
Supplies: Bubble Wrap (small bubbles), acrylic paint, paintbrushes, construction paper, crayons, or pastels

DAY 4: Friday, March 20 – Watercolor Sea Turtles
Supplies: Watercolor Paper, Watercolor Paint, Paint Pallet, Paintbrushes, white crayon (do not use washable crayons), a cup of water, and rag

DAY 5: Monday, March 23 – Alcohol Ink Tiles.
Supplies: Ceramic Tiles, Alcohol Inks & Blending solution (or Isopropyl Alcohol) 

DAY 6 Tuesday, March 24 – Watercolor Skyline.
Supplies: Watercolor Paints, sharpies, watercolor paper, brushes, paint pallet, rag, and cup with water

DAY 7:  Wednesday, March 25 – Frida Kahlo – Fruit Still Life.
Supplies: Acrylic paints, canvas, paintbrushes, paint pallet, rag, and cup with water

DAY 8: Thursday, March 26 – Pop Art – Neon Cupcakes.
Supplies: Crayola Neon Pastels, Black Construction Paper

DAY 9: Friday, March 27 – Clay Planters
Supplies: Crayola White Air Dry Clay, Glaze, Acrylic Paint, Clay tools

DAY 10: Monday, March 30 – Clay Cuties.
Supplies: Sago Brothers Air Dry Clay, Clay Tools

DAY 11: Tuesday, March 31 – Watercolor Jellyfish
Supplies: Watercolor paints, watercolor paper, paintbrushes, salt, white crayon (do not use washable crayons), rag, a cup of water

DAY 12: Wednesday, April 1 – Kandinsky – Concentric Circles.
Supplies: Canvas, Acrylic Paint, Paintbrushes, a cup of water, rag

DAY 13: Thursday, April 2 – Kandinsky – Music and Art, Lines and Circles
Supplies: Watercolor paper, Sharpies, Watercolor paint, paint pallet, paintbrushes, a cup of water, and rag

DAY 14: Friday, April 3 – Leaf Clay Dish
Supplies: Crayola Air Dry Clay, Clay Tools, Watercolor Paint, Paint Pallet, Glaze, a cup of water, and rag

DAY 15: Friday, April 4 – Fruity Still Life Sculpture
Supplies: Sago Brothers Air Dry Clay, Clay Tools

DAY 16: Monday, April 7 – The Great Wave
Supplies: Acrylic Paint, Canvas, Paintbrushes, paint pallet, old toothbrush or stiff brush, a cup of water, and rag

DAY 17: Tuesday, April 8 – Skyline on Color Gradation
Supplies: Watercolor Paper, Acrylic Paint, Sharpie, Paintbrushes, Paint Pallet, a cup of water, rag

DAY 18: Wednesday, April 9 – Fancy Bugs
Supplies:  Drawing Paper (or computer paper), Sharpie, Colored Pencils

DAY 19: Thursday, April 10 – Alcohol Ink Feather
Supplies: Alcohol Ink, blending solution, Sharpie, Canvas, Paintbrushes, a cup of water, rag

DAY 20: Friday, April 11 – Decorative Egg Painting
Supplies: Acrylic paint, Eggs

DAY 21: Monday, April 12 – Pastel Solar System
Supplies: Black paper, Crayola neon pastels

If schools go beyond this date, we will post more lesson plans.

FREE ART LESSONS FOR KIDS – Supply List for April 20 – May 15

FREE ART LESSONS FOR KIDS – Supply List for April 20 – May 15

First, I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has subscribed and participated in our Free Art Lessons for Kids on our YouTube channel! You are all rock stars and I have LOVED seeing everyone’s artwork. It has truly brought so much sunshine to our days! We’ve absolutely loved doing these lessons with you all and it’s been amazing to see the projects from not just around the US, but around the world!

Also, thank you all for your patience. Some days I just couldn’t get the lesson uploaded. Technology hasn’t been my friend lately, and between filming on an iPhone to editing on an iPad, and then running out of space on my devices, it’s been a challenge. I still have a 35-minute video I can’t get uploaded from last week! I’m looking into new technology so we don’t have that issue and editing/uploading doesn’t take so long.

For our next several weeks of lessons, we will have lessons posted on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. We were filming lessons either the night before or the day of, and when technology wasn’t my friend, that didn’t work out so well with getting lessons posted on time. This way, we can film a couple over the weekend and a couple on Wednesdays, and hopefully stay on schedule. 🙂

Here is the moment you’ve all been waiting for… Our next lesson plan and supply list!
Some have mentioned they aren’t able to purchase or find some supplies, and that’s TOTALLY OKAY! Participate in some lessons or all lessons if you can. Purchase supplies you don’t have or make do with alternate supplies you already have at home. No pressure, we just want you to have fun and get creative!

This time around, we have chosen to use Blick as our art supplier (with the exception of one item). Blick has excellent customer service, is very fast at shipping items out, and carries extremely high-quality art supplies. Our supply list is affiliate links and though it does not cost you any additional to purchase through our links, it does help support our mission of free art lessons by providing us with a small affiliate commission. Any items you purchase through our Blick links go toward our affiliate account and are like a little donation for our art lessons – same with our Amazon affiliate links – any items you purchase through our link provide affiliate commissions. Pretty awesome that you can purchase your supplies or household items, and simultaneously donate to Wild Free and Crafty without even spending extra! 😉

By the way, do you know someone who loves art or could use a creative outlet? Our subscription boxes will make an amazing gift for family, friends, essential workers… getting creative is such a welcome distraction and it’s a great way to show someone you’re thinking about them.
We plan on launching around May 1st with an adult’s Art + Crafts Crate and an Arts + Crafts Crate for Kids! Follow our Facebook Group for a special deal and to follow our box launch journey HERE.

Here is the LESSON PLAN (Shop supplies below):

Monday, April 20th – Fancy Bugs
Black construction paper, oil pastels

Tuesday, April 21st – Melted Crayon Rocks
Crayons, rocks

Thursday, April 23rd – Heart Suncatchers
Laminate sheets, black glue, colored sharpies

Friday, April 24th – How to Paint a Unicorn
Canvas, pencil, acrylic paints, brushes, a cup of water, rag, paint pallet
Graphite paper if you’d like to use our template

Monday, April 27th – Sweet Sloths
Canvas, pencil, acrylic paints, brushes, a cup of water, rag, paint pallet
Graphite paper if you’d like to use our template

Tuesday, April 28th – Painted Fairy Houses
Mini Terra Cotta pots, paint pens, outdoor acrylic paints, Mod Podge

Thursday, April 30th – A Color of His Own – Chameleon Watercolor Painting
Watercolor paper, pencil, watercolor paints

Friday, May 1st – How to Draw a Dinosaur
Paper, pencil

Monday, May 4th – Scratch Art!
Scratch Art paper OR crayons and black oil pastel, a tool to scratch paper

Tuesday, May 5th – Pointillism & Georges Seurat
Q Tips, Watercolor paint, Watercolor paper, brushes, a cup of water, rag, paint pallet

Thursday, May 7th – How to Draw a Dog
Paper, pencil

Friday, May 8th – Bubbles
Black construction paper, oil pastels (or chalk pastels)

Monday, May 11th – Tin Foil Doodles – Mermaids & Dragons
Aluminum Foil, Paper, Colored Sharpies

Tuesday, May 12th – Ice Cream Painting
Painting paper, shaving cream, glue, cardboard, acrylic paint, food dye

Thursday, May 14th – Tissue Paper Painting
Various colors of tissue paper, white crayon, cardstock, or painting paper

Friday, May 15th – Rainy Day and Rainbows Self Portrait
Watercolors, watercolor paper, pencil, brushes, a cup of water, rag, paint pallet, printed picture of you, glue, white crayon

Get ABC Mouse for only $45 for the Year

Get ABC Mouse for only $45 for the Year

The amount of resources for learning at home during the COVID19 pandemic is overwhelming, in a good way. So many amazing places are offering classes for free or at a deep discount.

This coming week, I plan to highlight some of my favorite homeschooling and learning at home resources that are available right now.

I may be biased on this one, but if you are looking for free art lessons, check out our YouTube channel, Wild Free and Crafty, where we do daily art lessons!

Another resource that is available right now at an incredible discount is ABC Mouse. If you haven’t heard of it, it is a full online curriculum with play-based activities and games for ages 2-8. Their curriculum teaches reading, math, science, art, and colors. It’s very engaging and fun for young ones. ABC Mouse is normally $10 per month, so this is a huge discount for my readers!

Get ABC Mouse for the entire year for only $45 HERE. That’s 62% OFF/7 months free! Can’t beat that deal. Enjoy!

Disclosure: My blog contains affiliate links for which I receive a small commission, at no extra cost to you. I only promote products and services I have tried and recommended.

Just Be Present

Just Be Present

I can see the tension in your eyes, mama. The worry. The anxiety. Your mind is spinning with thoughts…

Are we going to be quarantined? 
Will we be able to leave our house?
What if we need groceries?
What on earth are my children going to do for the next few weeks? 
What about their education?
What do I tell my kids?

It’s a hard job, being a parent. It’s hard to act like you can carry the weight of the world on your shoulders and not even flinch. But you know they can sense the anxiety and stress now. They don’t have activities or school to distract them anymore, and they know things aren’t normal anymore. But you’re doing your best to stay calm so they stay calm.

You’re researching homeschool programs, planning out the next few weeks’ activities, working on daily schedules to feel a sense of order, control and normalcy.

Take the schedules and toss them out.

Let them learn math as they bake homemade bread with you.
Let them learn science as they dig up worms in the mud of your backyard.
Let them exercise by climbing trees and playing catch with you.
Let them get so absorbed in their painting that they’re practically wearing it.
Snuggle up in a blanket and let them read you a bedtime story, as they enthusiastically act out every scene with a pair of underpants on their head and socks on their hands.
Watch the wind blow through their hair.
Sit back with your coffee and enjoy their silly imaginative conversations with each other.
Set up tents in your living room and watch a movie, with a grand finale of a glowstick dance party to its soundtrack.

The most important thing we can do during this time is to create memories. Love each other, build each other up. Encourage each other and hold each other tight. This will be a time we will never get back. This time isn’t about recreating school at home. It isn’t about filling every moment with activities. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to spend unhurried time together.  No schedules, nowhere to be, but present.

5 Minute Nutella Fudge

5 Minute Nutella Fudge

If you’re looking for a delicious dessert that is quick and easy, I have the perfect solution! This 5-minute fudge will knock your socks off.

You can add creative toppings to jazz it up, like marshmallows and graham crackers for s’mores fudge, peppermint candy for a winter twist… there are so many options.

This fudge ended up being the best I have had in a long time. It is moist and practically melts in your mouth. The Nutella taste was there but not overpowering, and the toppings we put on top gave it a nice added texture.

First you will need:

  • Chocolate Chips
  • Nutella
  • Vanilla
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Your choice of topping (optional)

In a large pot, add 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips, 1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk, a teaspoon of vanilla, and 1/2 cup of Nutella.

Over low-medium heat, stir the ingredients until everything is combined and smooth.

Remove the pot from the stovetop and pour the mixture into a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Using a spatula, smooth out the mixture.

Sprinkle with your favorite toppings and allow to harden in the fridge for about an hour, or if you’re in a hurry, in the freezer for 30 minutes. Enjoy your mouth-watering fudge!

Learn How to Draw and Paint a Unicorn and Dragon – Free Art Classes for Kids

Learn How to Draw and Paint a Unicorn and Dragon – Free Art Classes for Kids

Hello, my wonderful artists! I hope you’ve been following along on our YouTube channel to learn SO MANY new art skills from our free art classes! We’ve been uploading videos every day and now every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Today’s lesson is How to Draw and Paint a Unicorn and Dragon! Check it out below….

To go along with our lesson, we have created and provided a painting template for each which you can trace and then paint. To do so, print the template and place your canvas or painting paper on the bottom, then graphite paper, then the printed template. Trace over the lines. It’s easiest to remember where you have left off if you use a colored pencil different than the black color of the print.

As always, feel free to use whatever materials you have on hand. If you don’t have paint, color it in! If you don’t have acrylics, paint with watercolors or tempera paint. We used acrylics for our paintings.

To use our templates, simply click the button below. You’ll be taken to a download page which will be unlocked when you enter your email.

Thanks for following along! Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel (Youtube.com/c/wildfreeandcrafty) and subscribe to our blog so you are notified whenever we post.

Kids Crafts – Nature Collage

Kids Crafts – Nature Collage

The average American child spends 4 to 7 minutes a day in unstructured outdoor playtime compared to over 7 hours per day in front of a screen.  Playing on a tablet, computer, or playing video games seems safer and easier, but the social difficulties and increase of diseases such as obesity and diabetes prove that spending too much time indoors is an unhealthy habit. Getting kids outdoors is very beneficial, and there are so many kids crafts you can do in nature.

Why is Outdoor Time So Beneficial?

Playing outside promotes creativity and imagination. When there is no screen to entertain them, children (and teens) have to get creative to play.  Being outdoors often builds thinking skills, since children naturally ask many questions about what they see and sense outdoors. Spending time outdoors gets kids moving which promotes exercise as well as focus. And last, it reduces stress and fatigue.

Nature Collage Kids Crafts

Besides unstructured playtime outside, there are so many learning activities you can do with your child. One fun activity is creating a mixed media nature collage from found objects outside. 

To begin this activity, find a surface on your child to create the collage on. This can be a temporary college or permanent. We have created collages on outdoor rugs, on the patio table, on paper, and on wood. 

For a college you would like to keep, you will need:

  • Elmer’s Glue
  • A piece of wood, paper or canvas
  • A basket or bag to put found objects in

Encourage your child to pick a variety of objects with different textures and colors. He or she can pick leaves from different trees, flowers, grass clippings, acorns, berries, bark, and more. 

After they gather their items from outside, simply put glue onto the surface (unless this is a temporary piece of art, of course) and watch as they lay out their artwork. You can have your kids work as a team to create a nature collage, or let each child create his or her own collage.

Depending on your child’s age, the collage can be abstract or you can encourage him or her to form the found objects into an object or shape. My children had the idea to form their objects into a person’s face, complete with hair and sunshine in the background.

This is a simple activity that encourages kids to get outdoors, experience nature, and learn about art. There are so many ways to learn through kids’ crafts and through nature.

Garden Art Using Old Chairs

Garden Art Using Old Chairs

One of my favorite ways to decorate my yard with garden art is by using old chairs. They’re versatile and shockingly beautiful when paired with some flowers.

Where to Find Old Chairs

Most of the time old chairs are free and found on the side of the road. If you have no luck with that, your next best bets are rummage sales, barn sales, or visiting a picking haven like Hippie Tom’s Serendipity Farm if you are local to Southeastern Wisconsin.

I do not recommend going to an antique market or a boutique store because these chairs will be out in the elements and you will see the wear of it on them as time goes on. The cheapest is best, in this case! Not only that but there’s nothing better for the environment than saving and repurposing items that are about to be thrown into a landfill.

Refinishing Old Chairs

If you plan to refinish the chair rather than keep its original stain, I recommend either sanding down the chair or using a stripping product.

I like to use Folk Art Chalk Paint for my projects. For this particular project, I did a base coat of the color Patina and then dry brushed Grotto and Sheepskin color paint over the top for some more dimension.

Since these chairs had wicker seats and I wanted to put in a planter, I simply cut out the wicker and inserted a pot that fit. I made sure I sealed the chair with spar-urethane to protect it from the elements and prevent the yellowing of the paint.

We planted Moss Row because it added some nice color and would grow over the edge of the pot to create a beautiful cascading effect.

Money-Saving Tips

Money-Saving Tips

Your family budget does not necessarily have to fit a template – even if you do use a template, you can customize it. A budget that really fits your style and family dynamic tend to be a lot easier to stick with, and can even be fun! Here are some creative money-saving tips for making a customized family budget.

It’s Your Budget

Get your whole family to participate in creating the budget to make it really yours. Create common goals and brainstorm for fun and creative budgeting ideas. You will be surprised what creative ideas kids can come up with to save money.

Cookouts

The great American cookout is a great way to have an “outing” while saving money. If you grill seasonal garden vegetables, it’s an even bigger money saver. Get creative – you can grill inexpensive, “ordinary” foods and make them seem like a treat. For example, mix up some flatbread dough and cook it on the grill. You can even do pizza on the grill!

Go On a Spending Freeze

A spending freeze can save hundreds of dollars each month. Essentially, make it a goal to not spend any money for one month, unless absolutely necessary. Doing this really helps you reevaluate wants versus needs. You really start to notice how you look at items and how much you may covet them. Realizing you can live without those items can be very liberating.

You may be even more amazed by your spending freeze with regards to your groceries. Many times, we don’t realize how much food we already have in our home, and if we just get a little creative, we can make many meals from our food already at home.

Go “Shopping” for What You Don’t Need

This can be fun as a family. When you’re out running errands or at the mall, make a point of pointing out all the useless things you see that you don’t need. Some people can have a lot of fun with this – they find the craziest looking clothes, for instance, and laugh about how much they don’t need them and how much they’re saving. It’s fun, but it also teaches your family some important lessons about needs versus wants.

Creative Savings – a New Take on the “Swear Jar”

Have you heard of a “swear jar”? Some families who are trying to improve their language will institute a swear jar. Any family member who swears has to put a quarter into the jar. Get creative with your family – is there something your family would like to improve on that could use a “swear jar”? Here are some ideas:

* Every time your child talks back he or she has to put a quarter in the jar.

* Playing video games, watching television, and other entertainment media “costs” 50 cents for every half an hour.

* Family members must pay a quarter each time they don’t put away their shoes, toys, or whatever item always seems to be left on the floor each day.

* Complaining about dinner will cost family members 50 cents each.

Another method is simply never to spend change. When you pay cash for something, always use paper money – if the total is $5.26, give the clerk $6. Then put this change into the jar. You’ll be amazed at how this can accumulate over the year, especially if you use cash often.

Utilize DIY Videos

Make use of all those online tutorials to fix minor problems around the house. Try typing your problem into your search engine and look for tutorials. It’s amazing how much information is on the internet, even for solving obscure problems. My husband has utilized Youtube and Doctor Google several times in a pinch and was able to fix expensive problems himself such as our wash machine.

How to Make Handmade Paper

How to Make Handmade Paper

They love to draw, write, shred, paint, color… you name it. I love that they are so creative! But, I also run out of printer paper faster than I can blink. I had an idea one day to make some handmade paper so they could see how they used to make paper before machines. They could see experience how much effort had to be put into making paper. We then tied this craft into watching some Youtube videos on how paper is made now. My kids were amazed at the process and the machinery!

Making handmade paper is a wonderful craft to do with kids of any age. Heck, it’s a great craft for just adults to do! It is also a great way to recycle waste paper into exciting new items. Here are the instructions for making handmade paper.

To make your handmade paper, you will need some scrap paper. See what’s lying around your house or in your recycling bin. You can try using unprinted computer paper, newspaper, magazines, egg cartons, old cards, napkins, construction paper, or anything else you can find.

You will also need:

* A sponge
Window screening
* Wood frame
* Plastic basin large enough to immerse frame into
Blender or food processor
* Staples or tacks
Liquid starch if you want to be able to write on your paper
* Fabric or felt squares
* Two cookie sheets

1. To make your homemade paper, first choose the paper you want to recycle. If you can’t decide, you can even mix the types of paper you use.

2. Rip up the paper and put it in the blender until it is about half full. Fill the blender the rest of the way with warm water. Start the blender. Start slowly at first, then gradually increase the speed. Blend until the paper pulp looks smooth and well blended. This will take about thirty to forty seconds. If any pieces or flakes of paper are still visible, blend it a while longer.

3. To make your paper mold, stretch the window screening across the wood frame and staple or tack it as tightly as possible.
Fill the basin halfway with water. Add three blender loads of pulp and stir the mixture.

If you’re going to be writing on your paper, stir in 2 teaspoons of liquid starch.

4. Put the mold into the pulp. Level it out until the pulp on top of the screen looks even.

5. Very slowly, lift the mold until it is above the water. Let the water drain from the pulp on top of the screen.

6. When it stops dripping, ease the mold onto a piece of felt or fabric, with the paper directly on the fabric. Use your sponge to gently press out as much water as possible.

7. Hold the fabric flat and carefully lift the edge of the mold. The new sheet of paper should stay on the fabric. It may take some practice to get this part right.

8. Repeat the above steps and stack your fabric squares on a cookie sheet. When you have one square left, save it to put on top of your last piece of paper. Use the second cookie sheet to put on top of the pile and squeeze out the remaining water.

9. After all the water is squeezed out, separate the sheets. Dry them by letting them lie out on sheets in the newspaper. When they’re dry, peel off the fabric, and you have your new, handmade paper.

Remember to have fun! Experiment with different kinds of paper, and try adding other items after your paper is blended, such as scraps of yarn, pieces of tin foil, and seeds. If it doesn’t turn out, just try again. See what you can create!