There are plenty of days that I wish I had an art project I could do with the kids- and a guiding hand to take me through it. Well, I have found help. RADkidsART is the brain child of Rick Anthony Diaz, who has been a teaching artist in New York City since 1995. Rick has summer art classes, puts on art parties and does museum tours for kids. If you can’t make one of his classes or summer camps, Rick has put all his knowledge into a new magazine called “FUNkidsART” which you can subscribe to on his website. In his debut Spring Issue, he has 20 pages of art projects you can do at home. The difficulty and sophistication of the projects appeal to a wide range of ages: I want to do the “Crazy Collage” myself but I know my son will want to make a 3-D flower (and, yes, I’d like to do that one too!). The magazine is graphically appealing and colorful which can get any parent and kid enthusiastic about starting the crafts. For those of us who like easy-to-follow directions, this is your ‘zine. Rick has the projects down to 4 steps each.
I tried out his “Owl Pocket Pals” project. I made a felt “pal” and, with the addition of some long string, made it into a necklace. I am embarassed to say that, though it was meant for my daughter, I wore it all day. I’m hooked. There are also projects on how to make a: window collage, miniature book and doodle art and more.