Outside The Box Creation

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    Managing Conversations When You Disagree Politically

    The holidays can be a joyous time to get together with friends and family. However, for many, the holidays also bring feelings of stress and anxiety. If you are stressed thinking about this upcoming holiday season, you are not alone. According to a 2015 study conducted by Healthline.com, a leading consumer health information source, about …

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    What If Your Child Doesn’t Like to Do Art?

    I have found that it is often difficult to sit down with a child, lay out some art supplies and expect the child to fully engage unless he is one of those kids who naturally gravitates towards drawing and painting. So what can you do if you want to expose your kids to art and …

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    6 Things You Can Do Right Now to Lift Your Spirits With Art

    After the recent suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, depression has become a hot topic. I’d like to offer some tips on how to use art as a way to combat depression and lift your spirits. Please know that I am not in any way claiming that art is a substitute for medical treatment! Anyone …

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    Building Your Creative Muscles

    What is the first thing you think of when someone asks if you are creative? Many of you probably think,  “Me? I’m not creative!” How old were you when you first began to feel that way? Did someone tell you that you were not creative or did society’s love of coloring inside the lines just …

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    The Trouble With Arts & Craft Kits

    You can find arts & craft kits, and now science and STEM kits, all over the place these days. When my kids were younger, I purchased all types of kits for them and was invariably disappointed. Here are my beefs. Perhaps they will help you decide which products to buy when shopping for kits for …

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    Mom & Mary Cassatt & You

    During this week of International Women’s Day, and always, let’s try to remember to pay tribute to all of the women who came before us. In the art world, women and people of color have struggled for generations to gain recognition and even a fair chance for an education. By being a strong woman and …

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  • How Young to Start Exposing Children to Art

    How Young Should You Start Exposing Your Child to Art?

    For many, parenting is the hardest job we’ll ever have to do. From diaper changings to late night crying, parents are on the front lines when it comes to encouraging and fostering their son or daughter’s early childhood development. There are many blogs and opinions out there when it comes to how young you should …

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  • 5 Ways to Stimulate Creativity Throughout Your Day

    5 Ways to Stimulate Creativity Throughout Your Day

    When it comes to the topic of creativity, many people have differing ideas about what it is and how it  shows up in day to day life. According to Creativity at Work, “an international consortium of  creativity and innovation experts, design thinkers, and arts-based learning practitioners,” creativity is defined as “the act of turning new …

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  • A Craft a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

    A Craft a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

    You’ve probably heard the popular saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Well, you might be surprised to hear that art has just as many health benefits as apples. Perhaps, at this point, you are thinking that art isn’t your “thing.” Maybe you are starting to have flashbacks to when you once tried …

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  • As the days get shorter, get more colorful!

    If you’re like me, you dread falling back (well, & winter.) Even though I know there are still the same number of hours in every day, going to work in the dark and leaving work in the dark activates some inner homing instinct that shouts in my brain “Don’t go anywhere else, go directly home, put …

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