Art Workshop Book

Art Bar’s book, Art Workshop for Children

As a little book store and workshop, we come across A LOT of blogs that become books. LOTS. And it’s not always easy to make the transition…or have content that doesn’t repeat what your loyal blog readers have already seen. Transitioning your voice, style and concept to a completely new format is difficult, and not all blogs can make the shift. After reading through Barbara Rucci’s first ever book based on her beautifully curated blog, Art Bar – you’ll be delighted to discover that she’s created an engaging and thoughtful guide with 25 new projects to share with her audience.

Rucci writes alongside Reggio Inspired Educator Betsy McKenna which I really enjoyed and respected. We are hugely inspired by the Reggio Approach around here in all our classes and also offer a purely Reggio class taught by trained ECE professionals. We honor it as an approach and really love to see it presented professionally and thoughtfully. Rucci’s experiences alongside McKenna offers a nice balance in understanding, making the book a great guide for teachers and parents alike. There’s also a lot of room for fun – see the “Still Life with Donut” pic for what I’m talking about!


Art Workshop carries Rucci’s distinct and bright palate throughout the book; you’ll feel a familiarity of the blog, but with new projects to try. There’s also a balanced amount of reflection and encouragement of PROCESS over PRODUCT which is my most favorite element of the book. Also, Bar and I straight up like a lot of the same things – organized materials in glass jars? Check! beautiful art supplies? Check! Lots and lots of found objects and cardboard? Check! Check!

I’m pretty excited to bring a few of these projects into our classes and into my home – which I will share with you soon. In the meantime, you’ve got to see what our friends at mammapappabubba made, complete with candles!

Art Workshop for Children will arrive at Collage Collage soon, stay tuned for when you can pick up your own copy!




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Kallie George

Kallie George is a wonderful writer. We fell in love with her book; Mr. M when the shop first opened, and it acted as an invitation to get to know so much more about Kallie and her work. The scope of the kind of books she writes really speaks to the depths of her imagination. Her books are for those who love to read, and all kinds of readers will find a favorite. Characters are unique for children’s books, and each one takes us on a different journey.


This weekend, we’re thrilled to host an afternoon here at the shop with Kallie to celebrate her NEW CHAPTER BOOK “Clover’s Luck”. This book is the first in a series from the “Magical Animal Adoption Agency”. We’re totally hooked, and think you will be too. We’ve crafted up an art project to share, and Kallie will be around to sign books, say hello and maybe tell you a few things about what’s coming next for the Magical Animals. We’ve also fully stocked our shelves with  ALL of Kallie’s titles, so that you can see what we mean about her truly inspiring range of work.


Here’s a short interview we did with Kallie – we hope it inspires you to come join us for a magical afternoon this weekend!

Saturday, March 7th 2-4pm FREE!

Who are you + what do you do?
I’m an author and editor for Simply Read Books, and I also lead creative writing workshops for aspiring writers. Mostly, I spend my days dreaming and writing and answering questions like how do you polish a unicorn’s horn, or what kind of treat would a dragon like to eat.

What connects you to Collage Collage?
Collage Collage has hosted a few events for different Simply Read Books’ authors and illustrators. Yay! I’ve also had other events at Collage Collage including one for my book The Melancholic Mermaid, illustrated by Abigail Halpin.

Do you have a favorite creative outlet?
I love lots of creative things, including, of course, writing. But other than writing I love knitting and swing dancing.
What’s your all time favorite craft supply?
Beautiful pens to write with. Glitter is pretty awesome too!
Hurrah for glitter! We’ll be sure to have some on hand on Saturday March 7th!

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Oh boy, it’s our first big sale! We gotta make some room for more classes in the back of the shop so it’s time to clear out the stock room. Search through our supplies, books, and window display props for your art making inspiration. Wonderful for teachers, parents and kids alike! Thursday-Sunday during shop hours. See you then!

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Holiday Gift Guides

Yep! We made some gift guides over on our Pinterest for you to enjoy. We’ll add to em too as a few last minute new things arrive. Go on over to our Pinterest Page to check em out, or browse all our online store offerings here. Keep in mind, our brick and mortar shop stocks MUCH more than what’s on line – so come on by and see us and we’ll help you choose the perfect gift.

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We LOVE making Pom Poms around here. This giant one we posted on Instagram got so much love we thought we might show you this video on how to make em’ at home. You can use the cardboard version from the video, or use one of our amazing Pom Pom Makers we have in store. They are SO EASY to use you’ll find that you can make a zillion while watching holiday movies. XL Makers in stock now, restock of small, medium and large ones coming December 17th! pompom making

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