Virtual Arts Enrichment Program

This fall Art Out of Anything will be partnering with Westbury Arts to provide a 6 week, virtual after school arts enrichment program! Starting on October 19th, we will bring visual art and musical theater study to your home screen with live zoom classes, project videos and an online reception and exhibit of student’s work as a finale.

Learn more about our partner organization at

Contact Patty at with your questions or if you would like to bring Art Out of Anything to your school/organization.

Details and registration link:


TELL ME A STORY; Preserving Family Histories

When I was teaching technology in a private elementary school, one of my favorite projects was this family history/art/literacy/social studies mashup. I began the project by telling the students a story my mom used to tell me about how she grew up on a farm at the edge of the ocean in Colombia, South America with my grandparents and her 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Each day they would all would wake up right before dawn and have breakfast, which consisted of a boiled egg and unpasteurized milk still warm, directly from the cow. Then the “girl”, sort of a nanny that was in charge of taking care of them, would march them all down to the ocean to bathe before they went to school or started their daily events. It all seemed so magically strange to me as a child and so incredibly different than our own morning routine.

My mom, abuela and great-aunts were always telling stories about their childhood and our family. The more I heard these stories, the more I realized what a rich history I was a part of. I’ve done my best to keep these stories alive through my art and re-telling to any one of my 3 children that will listen.

I presented the project to the students as an interview. A way for them to create questions that would provide them with knowledge about their families that they might not be aware of, they could choose anyone they wanted to interview. Most of them chose to contact grandparents, some of which were in other countries or states. They used email and phone calls to reach them. I was amazed at some of the stories that they were able to transcribe. I know they were pretty amazed themselves!

We learned about the grandfather who was taken hostage in the Middle East (he survived), the Hakka people of China, why a mom became a speech pathologist , early immigrant life in New York and so much more.

By sharing their stories, we all learned about geography, cultures, history and each other. Our older generation has a lot to say and some day we will be there as well, with our own stories to pass along.

This project is a great way to bring family together and preserve oral histories. Right now families are not just separated by distance, this is a great way to bring us all closer together to celebrate our humanity. We can now also go beyond email to Skype and zoom and interview family and extended family all over the world. What a wonderful way to learn that we all have stories to tell.

Click on the blue link for some prompts you can download to get you or your students started with the interview process: TELL ME A STORY The image on this page is of a book I made about my abuela Luisa, using the prompts.

If you’d like to see a step by step video on how to make an accordion book to preserve your family stories, visit Art Out of Anything on FB.¬† You can also subscribe to our You Tube channel for more project videos.

I hope you consider doing this project with your class, your family or on your own. You can always contact me at with any questions, schedule a full PD workshop or share your artwork.

Thanks so much for visiting and keep creating!



Pop UP Cards!

Hello everyone!

Today’s art project video can be seen at this link, starting at 3 pm today! – Art out of Anything on FB.

I have provided a slideshow with some images of the project but you really need to see the video to get the whole idea ūüôā

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Here is a link to an easy template for a Father’s Day gift/card that you can print out and make your own. I did this project for many years with my early childhood classes and it was always a big hit for kids and grownups.

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Click this link for tie template

At  AOOA we encourage the use of re purposed materials and recycling to create all of our projects. My message today includes a reminder that the important thing about making art, is the making part. No matter where you are or what supplies you have available, just keep creating!

Thanks for visiting and please feel free to share,


Taking a line for a walk, in color!

Black line and complimentary colors

You can watch today’s video at-

‚ÄĚ A¬†line¬†is a dot that went for a¬†walk.‚ÄĚ Paul Klee

I love to doodle! Doodling is probably the easiest form of meditation there is and anyone can do it and enjoy it. I firmly believe it also builds muscle memory so that your drawing can become more fluid.

In today’s video, we took a line for a walk and learned about color theory. This activity is really simple, fun and you can even make a game out of it. I created an Upside Down Color by Number game, where the colors for each object in the picture are left up to the roll of the dice! This might be harder than you think if you have a hard time coloring grass orange or the sky green, but it will definitely help to open your imagination and introduce you to a new way of seeing the world around you.

Artists like Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gaugin were part of les Fauves (wild beasts), an art movement of the early 20th century. Their canvases, although representational (real things/people) were more concerned with strong, complimentary coloes and painterly qualities like thick paint strokes.

You can learn more about these artists and les Fauves here – and here –

Be sure to visit us on FB and Instagram for more art project videos.

Thanks for visiting and keep creating,


Art Mash-Up!


Ice Cream, cake, cookie and more!



Today we read Eric Carle’s¬† story Pancakes, Pancakes! We have always been a huge fan of his imagination and his technique of painting on tissue paper and using that as collage materials for his illustrations. We are also bug fans of the amazing Claes Oldenburg and his giant soft food sculptures.

These two master were perfect inspiration for making our own soft food sculptures.

You can watch the Story Time read aloud and project video at our  collaborator page, Sea of Visibility, today on FB starting at 3pm .

Just click on this link  РFacebook link.

Here are some soft sculptures made by some of our students. they used repurposed materials like fabric scraps, old clothes, paper, aluminum, plastic etc.


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Today we made a giant pancake using paper, glue, markers and napkins –

Pancakes and butter

Click on this link to see an amazing video of Eric Carle creating his illustrations –


Learn more about Claes Oldenburg and his large scale soft sculptures at this link –

Slideshare – Claes Oldenburg

Be sure to watch today’s videos and follow Art Out of Anything on FB and Instagram!

Thanks for visiting and keep creating,



Shaving Cream Marbling!



MARBELING SUPPLIESToday’s project video can be watched on our FB page by clicking on this icon –¬† FB

This is a really easy and fun project that blends science and art because they always go together so well. Below you will also find a link to the science behind the magic.

Supplies –

  • shaving cream
  • paper
  • food coloring
  • Popsicle stick or pencil
  • old cookie tray or flat aluminum tray
  • ruler or straight edge like a piece of cardboard
  • towel or paper towels

Optional or Instead of

If you don’t have access to a cookie sheet or aluminum tray, you can also use a piece of wax paper or aluminum foil. Be sure to tape it down to the surface (table) you are using so it doesn’t move while you are transferring the color.

You can also use paint, ink or even those small tubes of decorating gel for cakes if you don’t have food coloring.


  1. shake shaving cream until it feels cold, that’s when you know it’s ready to use.
  2. spray cream onto the sheet or surface you are using. Use a small amount to try it first.
  3. spread out the cream with the ruler or straight edge. Don’t make it too thin.
  4. add drops of food coloring on top of the shaving cream.
  5. use stick or pencil to swirl colors, don’t over mix or you will not get the marbling effect.
  6. once you are happy with your design, place your paper on top and gently press down. Not too hard! the colors will transfer to your paper.
  7. lift off paper, use ruler to scrape off  the cream and you are done!

Make some more! Here is my finished piece that I made in the video and some close ups of the colored shaving cream.  The patterns that stay in the cream are so cool!

Here is a link to a website that will explain the properties of materials,  that we explore in this art project РCool Science for Kids

Thanks for visiting and be sure to check out the video at our FB and Instagram pages!

Keep creating,




Making Paper Jewelry

oday’s project is much easier than it seems. The supplies are easy to find and you can embellish it any way you like. I will show you how I created a paper “locket”, but I’m sure you will come up with wonderful versions of your own paper jewelry.


Supplies –¬†

  • Paper – decorative paper , magazines, craft paper etc.
  • Cardboard – cereal box, pasta box, card stock
  • Glue – glue stick, white glue or Mod Podge
  • Scissor
  • Pencil
  • Necklace – a chain, length of yarn or something similar to complete the necklace

Special thanks to my grandson and daughter who graciously allowed me to use his image.

**keep in mind that if a child is wearing a necklace like this, it should be a jewelry chain. Not yarn or any other length of string that can be a choking hazard**


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I used different sized jars to cut out my circles. The same size circles for the photo, cardboard and decorative paper. A slightly larger one for the fringed backing.

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You can attach the bezel (loop) to the back of the locket or to the larger, fringed backing. Slip your chain through the open loop. All set! As you can see, I made a few of these ūüôā


If you would like to see some of the jewelry I make using paper, glue and quite a few more things I find around the house, visit my etsy shop –¬† Pattemade

For the full project video, visit Art Out of Anything on Facebook.

Thanks for reading and keep creating!



Rothko Inspired Rainbows


Rothko rainbows 2

Today’s Story Time read aloud was “The Rainbow Goblins” by Ul de Rico. This is a stunningly illustrated book that tells the story of the Valley of the Rainbows and the greedy goblins who want to steal all the beautiful colors.

Rainbows are magical and even the scientific explanation for their origin is the stuff of wonder. Light streaming through water molecules at just the right angle to bend light? Amazing. White light that actually carries the spectrum of colors? Incredible. Nature and science really are magic and so is art.

You can watch the read aloud video and see how I created the mini rainbows above at Sea of Visibility on FB.

Rothko was an abstract artist who expressed emotions with color. he also tried to make viewers feel certain emotions only using color.

When I was playing with lipstick, eye shadow and nail polish to blend and combine colors, I was reminded of Mark Rothko’s abstract color paintings. Just trying out different color combinations and blending the different pigments together made me happy.¬†I thought I knew what result I would get but was pleasantly surprised every time.

Here are two great sites to visit to learn more about the artist Mark Rothko and to make your own rainbow experiments.

Rainbow Science  and   Who is Mark Rothko?

Here are some more mini rainbows I made today. How do they make you feel?

Thanks so much for visiting.

Keep creating!


Making Paint with Fruit and Veggies!

Supplies for painting with veggies and fruit.

No paint at home? No problem! You can make dyes and paint at home using vegetable scraps and fruit. In one of my previous videos, Drawing with Glue, I showed you how to use condiments like turmeric, paprika and cinnamon as pigments, today we’ll be using food!
** Be sure to have help from a grownup because there is some boiling water involved**
In today’s video available at these links –¬† on FB and Instagram you’ll see how you can use carrot, beet, lemon and blackberry dyes to make a bubble painting, straw painting and a funky texture painting.
I have included the link to download a wonderful picture tutorial from that I followed to make these dyes.
I didn’t have any powdered sugar, so I left that out. This gave me a paint that is very close to watercolor and I was able to use the same techniques I use with watercolor paint.
  • ¬†Orange carrots, purple carrot, frozen beets, blackberries and lemon
  • Watercolor paper – you will need sturdy paper. If you don’t have card stock or watercolor paper, I suggest gluing a few pages of copy paper together or gluing copy paper to a piece of cardboard. This will prevent the paint from soaking into the paper completely.
  • Paintbrush – I also used a make up sponge!
  • Paper towel or napkin
  • Straw

Steps –¬†

Click on this link and follow the directions to make your dyes/paints – Meyamo_Handmade_Fruit and Vegetable_Paints

This is a great use for any older fruits and vegetable scraps you have. You can also use any jars or plastic containers you’ve been saving or have in the recycling pile to store your paint for future paintings.



The concentration of color depends on how much water is added to the fruit and vegetables. Although the color may be very light at first, it does dry darker and once your first layer of paint is dry you can add more to make your color more vibrant.
Make the straw painting by dropping puddles of paint on the paper with a brush or spoon and blowing the paint around, producing some really abstract designs.
Adding salt to the wet paint will give you an interesting texture. See how the texture changes by adding more or less. Once dry, brush or tap off the salt and see what your texture looks like.
If you don’t have any paintbrushes, you can also use a cotton ball or a make up sponge! This sponge gave me 3 sides to get interesting prints from.

As you can see, there are many ways to experiment with your natural dyes. What other kind of natural paint has been used throughout history?
Here are some links to more resources about that –
Tune in on FB and Instagram on¬† Saturday when I’ll be reading “The Rainbow Goblins” and sharing art techniques using simple tools.
Thanks for visiting and keep creating!

Shape Collage!


Hello! today’s project is super simple but can be expanded and transformed into anything you like!¬†Collage is an art technique that almost everyone has used at some point. It lends itself to so many possibilities and can be created with just about any materials you have on hand.

As always you can see the full video project at Art Out of Anything on Facebook  and Instagram. Brand new project videos on Tuesday and Thursday every week.

For today’s project I chose the following supplies

  • Paper – all kinds to tear up like magazines, construction paper, tissue paper, copy paper etc.
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil and/or marker
  • Scissor
  • Paper to draw my shape on and as the canvas for your collage


  • Choose shape you would like to fill. I chose a heart but also drew a silhouette of a cat. You can also use coloring book pages or print out coloring pages or line drawings and use those as your¬† shape guide.
  • Tear the collage paper into small pieces to fit your shape. Optional – you can also cut your paper into pieces with scissors. Tearing is also a really good fine motor skill to practice.
  • Start gluing your pieces to the inside of your shape as if you were coloring. You can overlap pieces or place them next to each other. You can also leave space in between pieces. Try all different ways to fill in your shape.

Once completed, add one coat of glue to the entire surface of your collage to glue down any loose edges. Here is my completed heart shape collage which I glued onto a page from a magazine, cut around it, then glued onto another full magazine page to make a border. The red page was a perfume ad so the heart smells pretty too!

cropped finished heart collage

Of course you can also come up with your own theme for a collage! Here are some examples of collages my students made that describe their favorite place –

You can also make a collage using only shades of the same color, only faces and more. Challenge yourself to create a collage landscape using only pictures, like they did in the examples above of their favorite place. What picture do you think they used to represent the sand? Hint – it’s an advertisement for flooring.

Picasso and Braque were the first to use collage they way we recognize it,¬† in their work. Here’s a link to a fantastic article, with photos of amazing collage work by famous artists¬† My Modern Met – Collage Art

This is a digital shape collage maker that uses your own photos –¬†Shape Collage download

It’s also an app for Android and IPhones.

Collage is an art form that I use in my personal work all the time. I even make collage jewelry with scraps of anything I have on hand¬† –

Dance collage jewelry

I hope you find wild and wonderful things to make collages of!

Please contact patty for remote learning workshops and professional development bookings.

Thanks for visiting and keep creating,