Beth Curtin

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Beth Curtin is a portrait artist who primarily works in artist's colored pencils out of her studio in a mill building in Pawtucket. She also enjoys crafts such as knitting, sewing, crocheting, handspinning and toy-making. Her blog, Acorn Pies, emphasizes the joys of art, nature, and outdoor play and publishes craft and toy-making tutorials. In addition to her portrait work, she is currently creating a series of hand-colored lino prints of children at play. These lino prints and Beth's crafts are available online in her etsy store, www.primroses.etsy.com. Beth is married to Bill Curtin, a professor at Brown, and they have three children: Nicholas, 23, is an executive chef in New York City; Cammie, 20, is studying neuroscience at Middlebury College; and Peter, 8, loves to figure out how things work. Learning and creativity figure large in the life of Beth's family.

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Build a Cardboard Castle

Build a Cardboard Castle

[ 0 ] November 12, 2012 |

This is a great rainy day project, if you have already collected some toilet paper and paper towel rolls and various small cardboard boxes.

Most of the cardboard is thin enough for a child to cut. I dismantled all the boxes and turned them inside out to hide the labels, but I think a colorful castle would be nice, too. See the little round tower on the corner? That is called a bartizan. We cut slits in a toilet paper roll to stick it onto the wall. The skinny white tower to the left is a garderobe….a latrine. It hangs over the outside wall and empties into the moat, or in this case, into the lake. The tall towers have merlons, (square blocks which defenders could hide behind,) and crenels, the spaces in between, for shooting at the enemy.

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Visiting an Art Museum With Children. Learning about Greek Gods is a great place to start.

Visiting an Art Museum With Children. Learning about Greek Gods is a great place to start.

[ 2 ] March 22, 2011 |

This article on how to take children to an art museum, and help them enjoy it was originally published on Beth’ blog Acorn Pies. A great way to introduce children to the art museum is through ancient art and myth.  I use our treasured book of Greek Myths by the D’Aulaires.  It has been through […]

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Winter Potpourri

Winter Potpourri

[ 3 ] January 9, 2011 |

I mixed discarded Christmas tree greens, spruce greens, three different shapes of conifer cones, oak branch lichen, fresh lavender, and fresh rosemary in a big beautiful copper leaf bowl. I then sprinkled plenty of ground cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves. Not all of these things are fragrant, but I wanted to create a potpourri with fragrance, texture, and beautiful forms, too. The fragrance itself is very natural and subtle. You probably have to get close. But, mmmmm, it smells so good.

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Make Pomander Ball with Your Young Child

Make Pomander Ball with Your Young Child

[ 7 ] November 15, 2010 |

Today Beth Curtin shares this wonderful craft for kids. Find more cool crafty ideas on her blog, Acorn Pies. Meet Beth Curtin, artist, local mom, and panelist in person at the upcoming Kidoinfo Conversation, Family Traditions. Please join us on Tuesday, November 16 at Craftland in downtown Providence. Click here for details. This craft is […]

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Easter Egg Decoration

Easter Egg Decoration

[ 2 ] March 28, 2010 |

Here is a lovely egg project from Beth Curtin.  Find more of her clever crafty ideas on her blog, Acorn Pies. To make a little egg like this, start with some dyed raw eggs. Make a few; some may break. Put a tiny pinhole in the narrow end of the egg for a thread to […]

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How to Make a Pinwheel Ornament Out of Recycled Paper

How to Make a Pinwheel Ornament Out of Recycled Paper

[ 0 ] December 19, 2009 |

Today Beth Curtin shares this fabulous craft project to do with kids. This is a great use for old magazines and the pile of catalogs that seem to come daily this time of year. Find more cool crafty ideas on her blog, Acorn Pies. Here are Beth’s easy-to-follow intructions:

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Bead Weaving With Children

Bead Weaving With Children

[ 0 ] December 8, 2009 |

This is an adaptation of an American Indian skill. To do your own bead weaving, you need: – black plastic lacing (used for making lanyards,) – black crochet thread – pony beads – a shoe box – scissors Examine how big the pony beads are. Now cut four slits in one side of the shoe […]

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Weaving With Children

Weaving With Children

[ 3 ] July 22, 2009 |

Today local artist Beth Curtin shares a wonderful easy way to teach weaving to children using old styrofoam trays from the grocery store. Kids can learn about color,  patterns and texture, using their creation as a mini wall hanging, a toy horse blanket or a rug for their dollhouse. Find more creative ideas on Beth’s […]

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Natural Egg Dyeing

Natural Egg Dyeing

[ 3 ] April 10, 2009 |

Beth Curtin is a local mom, crafter and artist extraordinaire. Although a self-confessed technophobe she just launched her lovely creative blog, Acorn Pies. Beth shows how to dye eggs from things you may already have at home.  She used flowers, leaves and grass from the garden, rubberbands, yellow onions, vinegar, and white eggs to create […]

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