<![CDATA[NIMBUS HAUS - Blog]]>Thu, 26 Mar 2020 15:58:14 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Art At Home Supply List for Families]]>Wed, 18 Mar 2020 19:43:39 GMThttp://nimbushaus.com/blog/art-at-home-supply-list-for-families
Keeping kids interested and engaged in art requires a little planning. Here are some supplies and organization tips so you can have an "art nook" at home where your kids can get creative.
High Quality Acrylic Paint Set
Liquitex BASICS 48 Tube, 22ml
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00251I66C/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_QUNCEb1KXYNB0

Medium-Quality, More Affordable Paint Set
Sargent Art 24-2498 Count Artist Quality Acrylic Paint Set, 12, Assorted
www.amazon.com/dp/B01M9GK0L1/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_T3NCEbWP79TAV

Paint Brushes
Artecho Paint Brushes Set, 5 Packs/50 pcs Art Brushes for All Levels and Purpose Watercolor Oil Acrylic Gouache Painting, Premium Nylon Hairs
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07S3XV7BP/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_ZfOCEbMZ2P4VXwww.amazon.com/dp/B07S3XV7BP/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_ZfOCEbMZ2P4VX

Canvases
Artlicious - Super Value 10 Pack - 8x10 Pre-Stretched Cotton Canvas Panel Boards
by Sorillo Brands
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FOYPEQQ/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_YxOCEbR9AP3KR
Sketchbook
Canson 100510926 XL Series Mix Media Paper Pad, Heavyweight, Fine Texture, Heavy Sizing for Wet and Dry Media, Side Wire Bound, 98 Pound, 7 x 10 Inch, 60 Sheets -
by Amazon.com
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0039UMRMW/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_mAOCEbT229086

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<![CDATA[8 Easy Home Art Projects for Kids During the Coronavirus Outbreak]]>Wed, 18 Mar 2020 04:59:12 GMThttp://nimbushaus.com/blog/8-easy-home-art-projects-for-kids-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak
Art is a great way to help kids express themselves, get their energy out, and have fun, all at the same time. Having some easy-to-do art projects on hand and ready to go is a great way to help your kids relieve stress and take control of a small part of their lives. Here are some fun art projects for kids at home.
1. Virtual Vacation Destination
Imagine somewhere you’d like to go. It can be anywhere; the ocean, under the ocean, the top of a mountain, the forest, a big city, an amusement park, the rainforest, even another planet. What kinds of things would you like to see and do in these places? What kind of food will you eat? What sounds will you hear? What will the air smell like? Get as detailed as you want to get. Look up pictures of this place, or places like it online and print out the pictures. Paint, draw, or tell a story about these places and specific things about these places. Post these pictures in a special place on the wall where your family can see them.

2. Invent an Animal
This imagination project involves creating an animal of your very own and painting it. Think about what this animal looks like. How tall is it? Does it have wings? Does it have claws? Where does it live? What does it eat? How long does it live?

3. Baby Yoda Time!
Who doesn’t love the Baby Yoda? Print out pictures of the Baby Yoda for reference and sketch and paint the Baby Yoda. For an extra challenge, draw Baby Yoda doing different things like skydiving, shopping at the supermarket, riding a merry-go-round, skateboarding, etc. Write a short story about the Baby Yoda’s adventures and draw pictures to go with it.

4. Your Favorite Character
Gather pictures of your favorite movie, TV, or show character and draw them. For an extra challenge, draw characters from different movies and TV shows together going on adventures. Imagine and write new stories for these characters and draw pictures to go with them.

5. Imagine Your Future
Think about what you want to be when you grow up. What kind of job do you want? What ways will you help others? Where will you live? Will you live in a city, or the country, or somewhere else? What kinds of problems do you want to solve? Imagine yourself twenty years in the future and draw scenes from a day in your future life.

6. Design and Draw a City
Imagine you’re flying high above a city that you’ve designed. What would it look like? Draw the map of your own city on a big piece of paper. Include things for the people there to do and places for them to live, like houses, apartments, parks, restaurants, grocery stores, shops, banks, schools, and more.

7. Design and Draw Your Own Business
Imagine you owned your own business. What would it be? What would you do and sell? How would this help people? Who would your customers be? Why would your customers do business with you? Who would work for you? Draw or paint pictures of your perfect business, and as much about it as you can imagine.

8. Abstract Emotion
Some paintings aren’t paintings of anything specific. Some paintings are just about an emotion. Put on some music that reminds you of a specific emotion like anger, joy, sadness, fear, or hope. While listening to that song, paint a picture of colors. Focus on how the music feels and how the paint flows onto the canvas. Watch the paint move. Think about the colors you are using. Try and make the painting feel like the emotion of the song.

In Conclusion
Finding regular time for art, and a dedicated space to do it can be an empowering activity for kids during uncertain times. Find a wall in your home to post your kid’s art regularly. Seeing their own art and knowing that their family sees it can help boost their confidence and self esteem.

By Jennifer L. Jacobson, Founder of NimbusHaus.com

About Jennifer L. Jacobson
Jennifer is a communications professional, youth advocate, and founder of Nimbus Haus; a volunteer youth art program. Jennifer believes every child has the potential to be an artist. Whether it’s through painting, drawing, writing music, or becoming a filmmaker, Nimbus Haus seeks to help kids realize their dreams and thrive. Nimbus Haus especially advocates for LGBTQ+ youth and youth in foster care. For more visit: www.nimbushaus.com
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<![CDATA[10 Tips For Keeping Your Family Happy and Healthy During Coronavirus Isolation]]>Wed, 18 Mar 2020 04:29:07 GMThttp://nimbushaus.com/blog/10-tips-for-keeping-your-family-happy-and-healthy-during-coronavirus-isolation
​With the outbreak of COVID-19, it’s a stressful time for parents and kids, but there are things you as a parent can do to make this time more safe, emotionally stable, and fun for kids and even yourself. Here are some ideas and practices you can start using today to make this time more manageable.
1. Decide What You Want Your Kids To Know and Talk With Them
This is a good time to communicate and build trust with your kids. There is a lot of information out there about COVID-19, and while it’s important to know the facts and stay safe, it’s also easy to get overloaded with stressful, random information. Keep the information your kids know clear, simple, and short. Your kids don’t need to know which celebrities have it, what hot take an influencer has on their home remedy for a cough, or how many people are dying each day. 

What your kids actually need to know are the basics; people are getting sick and a small percentage are dying, it’s essential to social distance right now and wash hands regularly. Depending on their age, this can be as simple as staying home and making sure they wash their hands regularly. Older kids will likely have questions. Ask them what they know and if they have any concerns. Address their concerns as best you can. For questions you don’t know the answers to, look it up. Honesty goes a long way in preventing fear.

2. Don’t Let Young Kids Watch The News and Monitor News Intake for Older Kids
While it’s tempting to leave the TV on in the background through the day, the uncertain stream of random and often scary information can be stressful for your kids. Watching the news with your kids (especially younger kids) can give them the sense that things are out of control. If you have young kids, DVR your news and watch it at the end of the day after they have gone to bed. Older kids will likely be interested in the news, so try to watch it with them, but be sure to limit your time and watch something else afterward. If you personally need the morning’s news, check it on your phone, so your kids don’t see what you’re looking at. News sources such as NPR have podcasts that synthesize the day’s news so you can limit your time and still get what you need.

3. Let Your Kids Help Make a Centralized Sanitation Station and “To-Go Bag”
A sanitation station is an area near the sink that has soap, paper towels, a trashcan, tissues, and wipes. A sanitation station serves as a visual reminder to wash your hands and take precautions when coughing or sneezing or blowing your nose. Depending on the age of your kids, this can include a decorative sign that says “Sanitation Station” which your kids can help make. You can even put post-it-notes on key places in the house reminding people to wash their hands. Key places include the front door, the fridge door, bathroom doors, etc.

Make a “to-go” bag that has items you’ll need to stay clean while you’re out. Your kids can help select a brightly colored bag and help you make a list of what to include. Include things like alcohol-based hand sanitiser, wipes, small bottles of water, tissues, hair ties (which help reduce the need to touch one’s face), baggies of to-go snacks, etc.

4. Schedule Calls and Video Chats with Friends and Family
Schedule a regular call or video chat with important people in your family’s lives. The calls don’t have to be long or formal, just 5 or 15 minutes to say hello. This is a great way to help younger kids stay connected, even when they can’t be with their friends. Virtual playdates are also a great way to connect.

5. Don’t Limit Kid’s “Screen Time.” Limit Their “Feed” Time.
Screens that engage kids through gaming, entertainment, and education can be very useful in these times, and it can be good for parents who normally limit screen time to ease up a bit. What should be looked after is how much time kids spend looking through their social media feed. While social media is a great way to stay connected for older kids, it can be isolating to spend hours scrolling through social media feeds, where they’re exposed to more extreme, persistent views, gossip, and news about the outbreak. Limiting “feed time,” for older kids, and even for adults, is a good way to give your brain a break from thinking about “everything.”

6. Actively Find and Read Books and Novels
Involve your kids in finding age-appropriate books and novels to read. Read through book descriptions with them and help them find a book they’d like to read in their downtime. Get these books from the library, or Amazon, or wherever you can. Designate a specific time for reading every day, or at least Monday through Friday. In this time, your kids can read one of the books they’ve chosen. For kids with focusing issues, try to let them read in a preferred space every day. Some may want music in the background while they read. This may take a few days to put into practice, but this routine can help reduce anxiety and give you some much needed downtime as well.

7. Get Your Kids Involved In Cooking
Letting your kids help with daily tasks can help them feel more connected. Even if it’s just one or two meals a week, find a way to involve your kids in the meal-making process. Start with everyone washing their hands. Then assign age-appropriate tasks to each child. Perhaps your youngest could put bread in the toaster, or set the table (and clear the table afterward). An older child could chop ingredients for a salad or load the dishwasher after a meal. For kids who really like to cook, let them prepare an entire meal and you clean up. While there may be some resistance, these kinds of practices help kids feel more in control of their lives.

8. Make a ShipShape Chart
What is a shipshape chart? It’s a fancy chore chart that includes more fun non-chore related tasks. This chart has each family member’s name on it and the tasks they can do every week. You can get fancy with this, or keep it simple. Make sure everyone in the family has tasks to be responsible for, whether it’s feeding the dog, taking out the trash, cleaning the kitchen, bathroom, etc. Be sure to include activities beyond chores, like dancing, drawing, yoga, or making music. Seeing the week laid out ahead of time can give out-of-school kids a sense of routine.

9. Go Outside When You Can
If you can safely go outside, go for daily walks with your kids. Sunshine and fresh air can elevate everyone’s mental state. Before leaving home, remind kids of the safety protocols for your area and remind them to waive and talk to people they know from a distance. For younger kids, this may take practice. Once you're home, remember to have everyone wash their hands.

10. Connect Your Kids With Giving Back
There are a lot of people in need right now and there are many ways you can connect your kids with giving back. You can have them clean out their clothes and toys and donate the ones they no longer use or have outgrown. Your kids can ask your friends and relatives to do an “art for charity” virtual event where patrons promise to donate a certain amount of money in exchange for a unique piece of art drawn by your kids. Your kids can host a virtual benefit concert for a charity helping your community. Whatever you do, let your kids see that communities are virtually coming together to help one another.

Having a routine, things to look forward to, and open channels of communication in your household will go a long way to helping you cope with and get through the challenges ahead. And, if all goes well, you and your kids will someday look back on this time and find bright spots where they made a difference and made positive memories.


By Jennifer L. Jacobson, Founder of NimbusHaus.com

About Jennifer L. Jacobson
Jennifer is a communications professional, youth advocate, and founder of Nimbus Haus; a volunteer youth art program. Jennifer believes every child has the potential to be an artist. Whether it’s through painting, drawing, writing music, or becoming a filmmaker, Nimbus Haus seeks to help kids realize their dreams and thrive. Nimbus Haus especially advocates for LGBTQ+ youth and youth in foster care. For more visit: www.nimbushaus.com
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<![CDATA[4 Ways Art Helps Youth in Foster Care Heal From Trauma]]>Tue, 30 Jul 2019 18:20:19 GMThttp://nimbushaus.com/blog/4-ways-art-helps-youth-in-foster-care-heal-from-trauma
Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event. Youth in foster care can experience trauma in many ways; as the result of being separated from their families, abuse from their families, and even abuse from their foster families. It is no wonder that, with each “new placement,” kids in foster care typically fall behind by months in school performance.

Adolescence is a tough time for everyone, but add trauma to the mix and potential psychological issues can easily compound. Fortunately, therapy, small groups, and support can help youth heal from trauma, but it is also important to consider the role of art creation in the healing process.

Here are some of the benefits of art creation that can help youth in foster care heal from trauma:
1. Connecting with Emotion
Experiencing trauma is often a violation of a person’s will, circumstances, or identity, which causes one’s emotions to spiral. To cope, some people try to tune out their emotions. Over time, they can become numb, as a survival mechanism, so they don’t get emotionally hurt again in the event of trauma. Sometimes however, these are the very emotions the individual needs to connect with to heal. Finding ways of reaching these emotions can be strategic to the healing process.

Since art creation is often seen as something fun and approachable, it’s easy to experience. Art doesn’t judge. Art is not a therapist who might try to read into your experience. Art does not give you more than you are ready to handle; it moves at your own pace.

For these reasons, art creation can provide a safe space, a sandbox, for youth to get “out of their heads” and explore a medium. While it may just look like fun and games, art creation is an exercise in letting out our emotions. Over time, we learn to speak the language of art and express ourselves in ways we never knew before.
2. Offering An Outlet To Express
​Art creation offers immediacy when feelings become overwhelming. Emotions are not always logical or convenient. If you’re a young person coping with the aftermath of trauma, trying to get through your day or the week can be especially difficult given your circumstances, surroundings, and triggers. Knowing that you have a regular place to make art can act like a pressure release valve. It helps you channel that energy into something productive and reliable.

3. Seeing Your Truth Objectively
​Creating art is about connecting your mind and your emotions with something in the real world, whether it’s a painting, a song, a film, a photograph, or something else. Art is meant to be experienced. When you create art and experience it for yourself, it helps you see pieces of your inner world that you never saw objectively before. In this way, art is like a mirror for the artist. It is also a mirror for the audience, who interprets their own ideas about a piece.
4. Validating Identity
​For youth recovering from trauma, it can be tempting to hide from the world; to try and fade into the background. No one asks for trauma to happen to them, and when it does, there are all these expectations of therapy, groups, and even medical treatment, depending on the trauma. To say it’s an inconvenience is an understatement. Recovering from trauma is a process in itself that is often unpredictable and extremely difficult.

Art creation is uniquely empowering because it allows youth to be seen as, not victims of a trauma, but as artists; of people in control of their own narrative. This control is a powerful step in the healing process. Being seen, heard, and known by others as a creator can be deeply validating in helping youth learn to trust and connect with the outside world.
About the Author:
​Jennifer L. Jacobson is an artist and communications professional. She is the Founder of Nimbus Haus; a new volunteer art program in Seattle that helps LGBTQ+ youth and youth in foster care connect with art and expression. To learn more, visit
www.nimbushaus.com

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<![CDATA[5 Ways To Help Your Teen Get Into Art and Painting]]>Fri, 26 Jul 2019 18:07:08 GMThttp://nimbushaus.com/blog/5-ways-to-help-your-teen-get-into-art-and-painting
As a parent, foster parent, or influential adult in a teen’s life, your attitude and approach to art shapes how your teen thinks about art. While we all know that creating art and painting is a great way to express yourself and build confidence, if it’s not something you’ve done before, getting into art can be a daunting task.

So how do you get your teen interested in art and painting?

Here are some ideas:
1. Have Art Supplies Out and Ready
You don’t need a studio, just a corner of a room or even a drawer. Whatever it is, make a dedicated space in your home for your teen to create. Show them where everything is and what it is.
2. Make Art With Them
Lead by example and do it regularly. Even if your teen seems to be too cool for art projects, make some time to make art together. Even if it’s just you painting the first time, they’ll see what you’re doing. Give them time to come around. See if your teen is interested in an art party and invite their friends over for an art party and provide food and painting supplies.
3. Don’t Be Negative
Art requires an open minded environment to flourish. How you respond to your teens art matters. No matter what your teen’s art looks like, find something positive to say about it. Try statements like, “I really like what you’ve done with xyz.” If they ask for feedback about something they’re struggling with, offer suggestions, but do it in a way that is positive. And remember; this goes for your art too. When you and your teen make art together, avoid the temptation to criticize or put down your own work. If you’re struggling with a part of your art, try statements like, “I’m struggling with xyz. What would you do to make it more like xyz.”
4. Make and Explore Different Types of Art
Not everyone can or should paint like Rembrandt. Think of Piccaso. Think of Jackson Pollock. Think of the impressionists, expressionists, the modernists. Each has a very different look and that’s what makes it all wonderful. There are many styles of paintings. Some are made to look like real life, some are made to look like alternate versions of life, some are symbolic, and some are abstract. Google search individual artists and artistic movements and share your findings with your teen. Browse local bookstores and libraries and look at books about art. Remember, your art is yours. It can be any style you want.
5. Make Your Home a Personal Family Gallery
Find a good sized, visible wall (or walls) within your home where you want to display your family’s art. Tell your teen you want to display a painting of theirs and a painting of yours in the space. Be sure to include all members of the household. Ask them what they’d like to see in that space. Whenever they make new art, find a place in the home for it. If your teen is prolific enough, you may even cycle paintings out as they create them.
Remember:
Art is an ongoing experience, and helps teens express themselves. The best art is a conversation between the artist and the audience, and this conversation happens entirely without words. Connecting your teen to art is an important part of being an influential adult or parent in their lives. Set the tone for how they engage with art. You can do it.

About the Author
Jennifer L. Jacobson is an artist and communications professional. She is the Founder of Nimbus Haus; a new volunteer art program in Seattle that helps LGBTQ+ youth and youth in foster care connect with art and expression. To learn more, visit www.nimbushaus.com.
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