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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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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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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 […]






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