Arts – Crafts

If you have a young artist, a dog lover, or anyone who enjoys good artwork and fun cartoons about dogs, check out this unique site where great cartoons by an ex-Disney animator draw themselves right before your eyes! It’s mesmerizing and fun, and inspiring to young artists who’ll find plenty of encouragement for their...
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Learn to Draw

Learn to Draw

Learn to Draw: from offers beginner’s drawing lessons for kids or anyone interested in learning to sketch, from the beginning steps of selecting the best art materials, to how to hold a pencil properly, to perspective and pencil shading with advice about values and tone, all the way through to lessons in portraiture...
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Crafts anyone? offers forums, craft ideas, blog posts on crafts and my favorite, videos that illustrate how to make a craft. Craftster
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Making Maiolica

The Getty offers an awesome online video of a potter making a maiolica pot.   Their description reads: Today maiolica is still made in many of the same Italian towns and workshops in which it was created five hundred years ago during the Renaissance. Methods for making maiolica have changed little in the past five...
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Craft Revival

I love to scour second hand shops when I need a new piece of furniture. This week-end I found a lovely end table and when I was cleaning it at home, I was happy to learn it was crafted by a company in North Carolina. What does this have to...
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Art questions?

Ask Joan of Art your art questions online at the Smithsonian American Museum. Joan of Art
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Art in Story: Teaching Art History …

Art in Story: Teaching Art History to Elementary School Children Second Edition (Paperback) looks like a wonderful resource.   Here is part of a review from Amazon about it: “Covering from prehistoric art to computer art, this information-packed book is filled with lessons, stories to share, and journal, art and drama activities to engage children....
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Wow, Bryan Berg is a cardstacker extraordinare,  to say the least.  Here is brief bit from his bio: Bryan Berg broke the Guinness World Record for the World’s Tallest House of Cards in 1992 at the age of seventeen, with a tower fourteen feet, six inches tall. His latest record-holding structure in the category...
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How to Knit

This website at offers several links to knitting instructions and includes a how to video. How to knit
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Free Art Lessons

Talent Teacher offers free art lessons.  They provide online step by step lessons for watercoler, drawing, and more.   They also offer an online video that illustrates some great sculpting techniques. I have just finished watching their free online tutorial for sculpting a bust that you can access here. The site is Talent Teacher.
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