Fantastical Crafts

Wanderlust: a strong desire or urge to explore and discover the world

Students were charged to create fantastical and whimsical animals, insects, and birds, and their own personal interpretation of one’s journey and magical sense of wanderlust this year for The Young Artists Program. Since 1995, The Young Artists program has helped to support the Art Ball, which provides support for the Museum’s programs, special exhibitions, and the collection. Artwork created in The Young Artists program is displayed at the Museum prior to the Art Ball and involved 10 teachers, 374 students, and 9 area schools this year. Check out some of the amazing works of art created by local students:

The Young Artists Program: Wanderlust

What a fun....bird!

A very imaginative creature

A beach ball caterpillar

The theme of discovering the world and imagining it as a place filled with fanciful animals is one that I think any child can grasp. Who doesn’t like to imagine a journey and meeting new and unusual friends along the way? Here are some imaginative blogs with fun activities that you and your family can explore to conjure up some wanderlust in your home!

  • Use Your Coloured Pencils shares how students made real and imaginary pets using a cardboard box and recylcled object found around the home.

Buddy the Golden Retriever

Isabel the Chicken

  • Be inspired by the irridescent creatures on The Creators Project to gather up all of those old CDs packed in drawers around your home computer and transform them into animals!

He kind of reminds me of Arturo, our family mascot!

  •  Search for materials to use for your magical creatures in your own backyard! On Crafts by Amanda, she uses pinecones to make a pair of cute owls. Imagine all of the other woodland characters you could craft from nature!

Pinecone owls

  • If you want to be more literal about your journey, why not use a map as inspiration? Grab some maps, state templates, and go on an imaginary paper road trip. Check out this map art from Kayla Danelle.

Add a heart to the location of a loved one's home!


  • Or, take a journey around the world – only you get to design what you encounter along the way! Use a flea market globe and decoupage away – on Paper and Cake, they decorated a globe with a hot air balloon.

Crafting around the world!


All it takes is some imagination and glue and you are on your way to a wanderlust-filled creation!

Posted by Amanda



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