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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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5th Grade/Middle School Masterpiece Mosaic of "Starry Night" by Vincent Van Gogh

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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Painting with Impressionism — “After Monet”

We began our les­son by look­ing at exam­ples of Monet’s paint­ings in an old Monet art cal­en­dar.  I chose his paint­ing of Antibes for us to “copy” and hung it up where every­one could see it.  Then I explained to my 1st graders that art stu­dents some­times copy a famous paint­ing in order to learn […]

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Monet’s Ice Cream Sundae Party

1st Grade Ice Cream Sun­dae…don’t you just love kids’ art??! This is a FUN les­son in color mix­ing and mix­ing tints (a tint is any color plus white). I got this out of an old School Arts Mag­a­zine years ago and just sim­pli­fied it a lit­tle. It’s a great oppor­tu­nity to talk to kids about Impressionist […]

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