Last minute crafts via Eckford Street Studio December 23 2013, 0 Comments
Though your tree is likely already trimmed, and you may be ready to just relax and ride out the 2013 holiday season, here are a couple last minute crafts we have enjoyed at our house this weekend. Great for little hands home from school on a rainy afternoon!
This dough is super easy to make; and when dry, the resulting sculptures are surprisingly strong, and continue to smell lovely for years.
Measure one part applesauce (I use unsweetened, but I've heard sweetened works, too) and one part ground cinnamon in a gallon ziploc bag - 1/2 cup each is a good place to start. Squish everything around until a dough starts to form. If it seems crumbly, add more applesauce; if it seems too wet (sticks to the sides of the bag), add more cinnamon. I added quite a bit more cinnamon for a nice, stiff dough. That's it - everything will smell delcious, and you're ready to go!
When Calvin was done with his dough sculpture, he headed right over to the tree to hang the gloppy thing up - he was a bit disappointed we had to wait for it to dry. To occupy him, I set up the same project that kept him from un-decorating the tree the day we brought it home.
Shortly after earning a sculpture BFA in 1997, Kristin Melkin found herself visiting Greenpoint and decided to stick around for a while; fifteen years later, she is still here. Along the way she became a wife and mother, and acquired an extensive career in arts education, working for a variety of institutions and organizations including the Guggenheim Museum, Noguchi Museum, and as a resident artist at many city schools.
After the birth of her son in 2011, Kristin brought her arts ed practice local and created ARTLAB toddler classes in the back room of Caribou Baby. In May of 2013, she opened her second baby, Eckford Street Studio. ESS is a permanent home for ARTLAB and a place for young artists of all ages to connect to their community, explore art processes and materials, and discover their own ways of expressing themselves.
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