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Easy Breezy Summer Art

ImageOne of the best parts of living in Northern Indiana in the summertime is its close proximity to Lake Michigan and all the beauty which she provides. From the sands of Saint Joseph to the dunes of Sawyer, there is no shortage of beach or summer fun to be found. Just as the shoreline stretches for miles and miles, so too do the possibilities for easy breezy summer art projects! Put on your flip flops, grab a towel, and join us in the sand for some great ideas to keep those young minds busy!


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.


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.


  • 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.


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.


No Bones About It – Family Day was FUN

Family Day artists at work!

We’re willing to bet that for the families who attended our Family Day last Sunday, the big football game on t.v. that night was pretty anti-climatic.  How could anything be more exciting than disguising yourself as a dinosaur or digging for dinosaur bones?

You’ll see for yourself in this slideshow of our little guests in action that we had a great turnout and that fun was anything but extinct in our studio.

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If you missed Family Day this time, have no fear.  We’ll do another one on Sunday, March 4 from 1-3 pm.  You can also still learn how to make our dinosaur masks and try them at home.  Just CLICK HERE to LEARN MORE about our DINOSAUR MASK PROJECT.

Faux Faux Faux! Merry Sculpting!

If you sit in the SBMA offices on a Friday morning, you’re bound to hear the sound of 5th grade voices echoing off the walls of our sculpture corridor.   As guests in our Sculpture Quest program, the 5th grade students of our neighboring Penn Harris Madison school district join us every week to explore sculpture with our docents and make 3-dimensional art with our instructor, Miss Candie.  This year’s project is this fabulous and colorful wire faux glass sculpture.

Lovely and inspiring, these sculptures are the work of our 5th grade visitors!

With just a few simple materials and some basic directions, students are able to create these intriguing pieces that add color and beauty to any desk, shelf or display space at home.  To LEARN MORE about this project, CLICK HERE.

Soap Opus

Our galleries were a-flurry for the snow soapmen!

Our last Kids’ Night Out event was a huge success – we were thrilled to host dozens of families here in our galleries and to watch our young guests create art.  One of our most popular activities that night was sculpting soap snowmen.   In fact, our staff could barely keep up with the demand for Ivory soap shavings!  We ultimately ran out of supplies and had to promise some of our guests that we’d share the instructions for the project on the blog so that they could try it out at home.  Trust us when we say this will be one of the cleanest, most fragrant ways to make a mess you’ll ever try!  To LEARN MORE about HOW TO DO THIS PROJECT, CLICK HERE.

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