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  • When my youngest is a little old I would love to try this idea out.

    And the whole black paint thing, it’s adults too – when I taught botanical art I wouldn’t let my (adult) students use black paint. I don’t use it either. “There aren’t any real blacks in nature” is what I’d always tell them. “But what about a burnt tree?” “There are other colours reflected in the charcoal – take a look at a burnt tree sometime!”

    July 25, 2012
  • Emily Byl

    I loved following your art retreat holiday! I hope to use some of your helpful tips during the next school holidays! Thanks for sharing!

    July 25, 2012
  • Francoise

    What a treat to visit your blog today! What a wonderful idea to do in the winter holidays! Your ideas, photos etc are very inspiring …thanks for sharing. In the summer I usually do a mosaic project with our kids. And your right, it is very therapeutic…keep them out of each others hair. Kids love to see how projects develop, and then the endproduct!!! I am sure your kids will have beautiful memories to treasure from this holiday!

    July 27, 2012
    • ruthdevos

      Thanks for visiting, Francoise! I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed these posts – it has been a pleasure to share them.

      July 30, 2012
  • I’ve so enjoyed following along on your art retreat, and huge thanks for letting me be some of your inspiration! The photos of your children engaged in art making are simply beyond precious………and something about seeing them all at the table together..warms my heart. xoxox

    August 18, 2012
    • ruthdevos

      Thanks, Jane! It was such a valuable activity for us all. My four-year old hasn’t stopped drawing since – he places whatever object he can find in front of him and just draws it!

      August 20, 2012
  • […] to Z for 2012 – a little taste of the happenings here on this little blog. a is for artists retreat – a fun and creative way to spend our housebound winter school holidays ( the kids have been […]

    December 28, 2012

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