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Archive for March, 2012

We eggspect to see you!

Make a sock bunny this Saturday at our Eggstravaganza event!

With Easter just under two weeks away, you may notice that the ol’ Bunny Trail is starting to pick up a lot of traffic.  Before you get swept up in all that cottontail congestion, we suggest you take the next eggxit marked  “SBMA!”  Join us here in our studios this Saturday, March 31, from 2-4 pm for an art-making hop-portunity that will everybunny will be talking about, including bunny mask making, “bunny putty” eggs and sock bunnies.

To LEARN MORE ABOUT SBMA’S EGGSTRAVAGANZA EVENT, CLICK HERE

Make your own art table

Quick and Easy Art Table

by Cheryl Ricks


A great idea for every home, this amazing art table was designed by mom and local graphic designer, Cheryl Ricks.  Designating a space in your house for art keeps you organized and makes a great “discovery” station for your kids!

What you need:

• A coffee table (old or new)

• Chalkboard paint

• Dowel rod and hardware to hold the rod on (curtain rod hardware was used in the table pictured)

• Roll of paper

• Plastic containers to hold art supplies

• Long, narrow wood board to attach the containers to (see picture)

• 2 wood spacers to raise the long, narrow board up off the table so the paper can slide underneath it (see picture)

• Art supplies: chalk. crayons, markers, watercolors, popsicle sticks, stickers, stamps, playdoh/clay, glue, pipe cleaners. etc.

Instructions:

  • Sand the top of the table.
  • Paint the top with chalkboard paint.
  • Attach the hardware at one end for the doll rod and paper roll.
  • Nail the long narrow wood board with the spacers at each end of it to the opposite side of the table than the paper roll.
  • Nail, screw or super glue the plastic containers to the long narrow wood board so they can’t fall off the table easily. This is a great place to store some of the art supplies. Other supplies can be stored in containers underneath.

Tips:

Michaels sells great paper rolls. You can get plain white and you can also get some that have activities and coloring pages on the roll. My 3-year-old son and I use this table all the time for art projects. Everything that is on the table is appropriate for his age, so he has full reign to use his creativity to the fullest!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from SBMA!

9.5 out of every 10 leprechauns prefer SBMA projects!

In homage to all wee artists of Irish and not-so-Irish descent, we’d like to share with you one of our favorite St. Patty’s Day projects.  Our most recent family day visitors tried it themselves earlier this month and it was a great success!

So while the soda bread is baking and the corned beef and cabbage are slow cooking, here’s a quick and fun way to add a rainbow or two to everyone’s luckiest day.

To LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO MAKE THE WINDSO’CK CLICK HERE

Young Artist of the Month: Lexi Brock

Penn High School 12th grader and Scholastic Gold Key recipient, Lexi Brock

“Lexi is extremely creative and inventive on all her projects, always excited to learn new techniques and take them the extra mile to carry her artwork to fruition,” says Barbara Miller, an art teacher at Penn High School whom we thank for getting Lexi Brock onto our radar.  A recipient of multiple Gold Key awards in the Scholastic Art competitions, this 12th grade student demonstrates excellence and enthusiasm in creating original works of art and contributing to the arts community.

One of Lexi Brock's acyrlic paintings entitled "Twisted Reality." She first drew in dry pastel and then reinterpreted into a painting using Van Gogh as an inspiration and influence.

We join Penn High School in celebrating Lexi’s achievements, and look forward to a day when her artwork hangs again in our SBMA galleries!

To LEARN MORE about LEXI and SEE SOME OF HER ARTWORK, CLICK HERE.

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