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My little caboose threw me for a loop a while back, no I mean she REALLY threw me for a loop: I discovered she’s into STEM activities! Even after knowing her learning style…and thus developing her artistic side (through dance and drama, which she enjoys quite a bit), this revelation that she “loves Science” – and where that seems to be leading us in school – just caught me totally off guard!

(Please bear with me as I preface this post by giving you a heads-up that you’ll be seeing quite a bit more STEM-related posts here… And, if by some chance you’ve missed the memo, STEM stands for “science, technology, enigineering and math”. As our nation plummets in its world standing in these fields, it has become quite the rage in the educational community – for good reason.)

So…when I got the opportunity to review the new AtmosFlare 3D Pen by Redwood Ventures, I jumped on it. I mean, just think about it: artsy meets tech! Perfect, right?

We were beyond excited when the package arrived – even my teenage boys were all over getting the box opened! I managed to get a photo of the box before they dove in, but the kids put the thing together before I even finished looking through the directions.

Top 5 Reasons to Try the Atmosflare 3D Pen!

Not necessarily in this order ?

  1. Frustrated with your kids’ over-involvement with screen time? This is something really unique – the “cool” factor alone will up the engagement factor and their attention span with an activity that does not involve a screen or monitor…

  2. Looking for a unique gift idea! Face it, folks, anything tech-related is the thing of the future – and what a cool idea to gift ~ or get ~ a 3d pen!

  3. This is a combination toy/craft activity that will interest both kids and adults! Looking for ways to engage your child or spend some quality time with him or her? Neither one of you will be bored with this activity, believe me!

  4. 3d pens are a fun activity that bridge entertainment and learning…Nothing wrong with sneaking in a litle educational element to play, is there? As I mentioned earlier, this marriage of “artsy” and “tech-y” sets the stage for some exciting STEM possibilities! 3d drawing is definitely a fun form of today’s technology ?

  5. Reasonably priced – you’d pay a LOT more for typical toys and video games these days…with a lot less “bang for your buck!”

June 10, 2016

What is 3D Art?

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3D art is actually not a new thing. Any painting, sculpture, or installation that shows depth and allows you view an object from multiple sides is a 3D piece of art. But…that’s probably not what you’re thinking about when you hear the term “3D”. You may think of a movie, or a video game, maybe even something made with a 3D printer. All of those are also “3D”.

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Even sidewalk art can be 3D! Check out these examples:

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What makes 3D art so cool? Well, for one thing, it makes art seem more real. Instead of drawing a flower on a piece on paper, you’re now able to draw a flower from the paper up into the air – just like a real flower grows! Like any type of art such as oil painting, sketching, or making sculptures, using your 3D pen takes patience and practice. See what this talented teenager – yes, TEENAGER – made with her AtmosFlare 3D pen.

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An uninspired artist is a sad artist. It’s very frustrating to want to create something, but not have any ideas on what to create! Sometimes you may need to try something new, sometimes you may need to put a new spin on an old idea, and sometimes you just need to change your perspective.

1. Take a photograph. Several of them.

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Take a photo of a scene that captures your interest -landscape, city, people, whatever. Take a photo from all different angles, get down low, walk way to the right, walk way to the left. What pops out at you? How does the light change? What do you like about it? How does it make you feel? Put a filter on it. Put another filter on it. Compare them. Do they make the photo better? Worse? Brighter?

2. Make a collage.

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Grab a bunch of paper with cool designs, fabrics you like, old photographs, and pictures in magazines. Throw them all on a poster or canvas and see what pops out at you. Is there a theme that runs through them that you didn’t even realize was there? Do you gravitate toward a certain pattern or color? What’s your favorite piece of the collage?

3. Use different materials.

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Do you remember how fun it was to get messy and fingerpaint? Why not refresh your memory? Painting with your hands can be really fun. What about your feet? Instead of a brush, use a feather, a leaf, a Q-tip…something different. Draw with a crayon or a colored pencil for a change of pace. Use butcher paper, a cinder block, or a piece of furniture (with permission, of course) as your canvas. What about using a 3D pen for a change? Now there’s an idea!