" Some days we paint with large bold strokes, like when someone finishes a book report or gets a piece of music ready for performing. Most of our days are softer in color. A little dab here a little dab there, following a rough draft, but allowing ourselves to paint outside the lines when we want too. "
~ Deborah Jean

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Diorama Diva

If you can PICTURE it;YOU can MAKE IT~

That's what the Diorama Diva tells us all the time. 

diorama [ˌdaɪəˈrɑːmə]
n1. (Fine Arts & Visual Arts / Art Terms) a miniature three-dimensional scene, in which models of figures are seen against a background

If I had a nickel for every time she starts the day sitting at the dining room table in her PJ's making something I'd be a rich ( in dollars) homeschooling mama.  Sure, we have our curriculum and our schedule but when she's on a creative roll I push all that aside ( until later)  and let her CREATE!

This is how she envisioned her bedroom makeover. She wanted a fresh color palette to remind her of the beach and a place where she could relax and be alone. She wanted a day bed, plenty of spaces for books, and a splash of color so the room wouldn't be TOO boring. Function before beauty is key. She has it all. Storage, a desk for writing and primping, and a comfy ( princess and the pea) bed. 

 She has created a space with balance, symmetry and beauty too! Her bedroom design did come to fruition with some new paint, and a lot of elbow grease from dear old mom! It's my job to show her some dreams do come true!

Every artist dreams of a studio of their own. I have no doubt she'll have the studio of her dreams one day. I love the inspirational quote above " her"  spot  and the additional work spaces she created for future collaborators!

She sketched a wood floor pattern on the floor and made sure everyone had plenty of storage and a nice place to sit.

She made these chairs with foam core, and hot glue. If I didn't know better I'd swear they could roll and spin! The wheels are black buttons glued onto the frame. The " wall paper " is scrap book paper. 

Come on in and ...

Creating Dioramas is a fun way for your child to explore skills used in the Visual Arts. Making Dioramas also strengthens skills needed in Math, Art, Science, Physics, and History but to me, the best part is the use of imagination and the hands on experience of making something with things you have on hand. 

Hold on to your old shoe boxes, stock up on glue sticks, foam core, scrap paper, markers, paints, buttons, beads, yarn, thread, and misc. pieces from toy sets, doll houses etc. The possibilities are endless! 

What  dreams come true are your children making today? 


  1. Wow! Fantastic! My creative-Miss-busy-hands-11-year-old loved this! She made a Polly Pocket home in a soap dish! I also love such amazing creativity!

  2. How fun! It's wonderful how homeschooling can really give the child the time and space to let those creative juices flow.

    Ring true,


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