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Celebrate famous artists with projects on their birthdays!

New! Artist Birthdays Calendar

Kids love to cel­e­brate birth­days, so what bet­ter time to intro­duce a new artist than on that artist’s birth­day? I’ve cre­ated a new page on my site to help you plan your artist birth­day cel­e­bra­tions! Just click on the “Artist Birth­days” link on my menu bar for a list of birth­days by month, com­plete with […]

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4th Grade Masterpiece Mosaic of "Goldfish" by Henri Matisse

Masterpiece Mosaics: a Collaborative Art Project for Grades K — 8

These col­or­ful projects, which I call “Mas­ter­piece Mosaics”, were a col­lab­o­ra­tive effort by my stu­dents in grades K through mid­dle school. Each grade level cre­ated their own copy of a famous paint­ing — six mas­ter­pieces in all, on dis­play now through Christ­mas at our local art store. These were really pretty easy to do, and […]

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Cezanne-Inspired Still Life — a Step Further!

I was so happy with the results that my Kinders had with our Cezanne-inspired still life paint­ings, that I wanted to take it a step fur­ther with my 1st grade classes.…   As I showed my 1st graders some of Cezanne’s still life paint­ings, we noticed that you could often see a dark edge around many […]

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Cezanne-Inspired Still Life for K and Beyond

Today my Kinders learned about Impres­sion­ist artist Paul Cezanne, and painted a still life inspired by him.  This les­son was so suc­cess­ful on so many lev­els!   First, we talked about how Cezanne’s father didn’t encour­age him in his art (he wanted him to be a banker or a lawyer), but he had a friend […]

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