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Nativity Painting by Gerard Van Honthorst, 1622

Light Has Come!

Reli­gious paint­ings were a favorite sub­ject of the Old Mas­ters (trained Euro­pean painters who worked between the mid 1400’s to the early 1800’s). In paint­ings from this time period, Jesus was often depicted with a glow­ing light that would radi­ate out from him. This exam­ple of the Nativ­ity (or birth) of Christ by Dutch artist […]

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Christmas Project Collection

Christmas Project Collection

Need a fun art project for the last few days before Christ­mas break? Fol­low these links to some of my favorites! (Faux) Stained Glass Orna­ments Origami Crane Orna­ments Japan­ese Notan Orna­ments Christ­mas Word Clouds Kinder­garten Stars Jacob’s Lad­der Ici­cles Folded Paper Stars Candy Cane-O-Grams Art Gift Wrap  Merry Christmas!  

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Student gluing sections of star together

Christmas in July! Folded Paper Stars with Symmetry

These hang­ing stars are a hit year after year with my 4th graders. You can make these in any size you want.… the size of the squares you start with will deter­mine the size of your fin­ished stars. (When I teach this les­son, I use 12″ squares in two dif­fer­ent col­ors to demon­strate the fold­ing and gluing […]

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Origami crane ornament

Christmas in July! Origami Crane Ornaments

Stu­dents love to bring home these exquis­ite origami cranes to hang on their Christ­mas tree! I make these with my 5th & 6th graders, and even though this is not a begin­ner level project, every year I have at least one stu­dent with a pas­sion for origami who already knows how to make them! While these cranes are chal­leng­ing, they’re […]

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Jacob's Ladder Icicle Ornament steps

Christmas in July! “Jacob’s Ladder” Icicles

I like to have each of my classes make a spe­cial orna­ment for Christ­mas each year. Here’s an easy paper ici­cle that’s fun for 1st grade and up. Once stu­dents get the hang of it, they’ll be mak­ing these as fast as you can cut the paper! This project is a lit­tle more craft-like than […]

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Notan Ornament back

Christmas in July! Japanese Notan-Inspired Ornaments

Even though Christ­mas falls on the same day every year, it still man­ages to sneak up on me! Why is that??! My best inten­tions are always to post some new Christ­mas art projects & ideas a month or two ahead of time, but then the busy­ness of the sea­son just gets the best of me! […]

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Japanese Notan Ornament

Christmas in July

I had the best inten­tions for post­ing lots of great Christ­mas lessons just after Thanks­giv­ing… but it was not to be!  Yet the more I think about it, it makes bet­ter sense to post these lessons well ahead of that, so teach­ers have time to try things out, make sam­ples, and get their plans together. […]

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