The Art of the Drip Castle

 Posted by on July 19, 2011  6 Responses »
Jul 192011

If you don’t know me personally, you may not know how much I love the beach. Fair-skinned and freckly though I am, I long to get back there. Today, I am reliving building sand castles last summer. And counting the days, with a lovely beach count down chain, until we get back there again…Ahhh. Toes in the sand

Sharing a post from the July 2010 Hodgepodge archives, which you could consider the annual Habit of Making Drip Castles…


On beach trips growing up all I knew were drip castles. I never imagined using buckets and shovels to shape and define castle walls. See when we went to the beach we walked a good long way from the house to the shore. Most folks drove their dune buggies. Now that I’m a Mama, I realize that was probably the reason why we didn’t tote building supplies.

My mother, father and grandmother all taught me and my brother the art of drip castle building. All you need is sand and water. Both abundant at the seashore.

When we go each year, now with our children, we don’t have as far to walk but I still go back to drip castles. It’s comfortable and beautiful.

Start by digging a hole. As you dig, make a semi-circle base for your walls. You need the hole for collecting water the surf brings in. Your castle is built around it. Continue reading »

Dec 282010

“Ok, I have to tell you, I am NOT an art teacher… not even close.  The most my kids ever do with art is maybe a hands on history lesson with coloring pages and some minor drawing.  I have now ventured into teaching them art WITH NANA! We completed lesson one in pastels this morning, and it was fabulous!  She is inspiring a love of art in a family that knows nothing of it!  Thank you so much for sharing your precious mother with us all.” ~ Lori Lange, homeschool mom of 5 @ Abnormal Herd


Back in February, on an unexpected snow day here in the south, Nana taught my children their first pastel lesson.

Many of my friends know of our art habit. My mother, Nana, is a Master Artist. A couple of times a month, she teaches my five children an art lesson. Usually these lessons compliment our nature studies. Other times Nana guides us in a surprise, like her Mug of Hot Chocolate.

Maybe you don’t have a Nana to come and teach your children art lessons? Well, we are sharing Nana with you. For almost a year now, we have been posting her lessons in photo tutorial form.

This time, on the Monday after Christmas, we followed a Sketch Tuesday theme for our art time. Winter fun!

You and your children can make a winter fun scene with a snowman too. All you need to do is follow the simple photo tutorial below. Continue reading »