ART is LIFE! This past week, I was introduced thru my son to the multi-talented illustrator, author and public speaker Vanessa Brantley Newton who uses all sorts of textures, prints and mediums to make ART via collage. Above is my son's artistic expression of himself. We used a TRADER JOE'S bag to capture his brown skin tone and his eyes are cut out from our dinner napkins. The fun spirals shooting from his curly black hair are characteristics of himself that he loves the most. The picture below was his inspiration during the class. What I loved most about Vanessa"s art class is that she reminded the children about the power of being unique and different. The class was half motivation speech half art class. If you aren't familiar with her, check out her extensive list of children's books she has written and illustrated. Perfect stocking stuffers for the Holidays!

What I love most about her style of ART is that it's attainable for anyone. Everyone has scraps of paper laying around to make something magical. Check out her videos below and let me know what you think. Maybe you and your kiddies can create a family collage for some FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN!