Christmas – TeachKidsArt a resource for teaching art to kids! Sun, 31 Dec 2017 04:33:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Origami Flower Balls Thu, 10 Dec 2015 04:50:06 +0000

The Japanese art of origami always seems like a fitting thing to do at Christmas. It’s peaceful and calming, almost meditative to work on, and it makes a beautiful decoration when finished!  As with many origami projects, this unique hanging ornament looks much more difficult than it is. It’s really just the same simple sequence repeated over and over […] ]]> 2
Easy DIY Envelopes to Fit Any Size Card Tue, 10 Feb 2015 22:18:39 +0000

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I wanted to share this super-easy DIY envelope you can make to fit any size card! How many times have you or your students created a wonderful hand-made card for Valentine’s Day (or Christmas, Birthday, Mother’s Day, etc.) and then delivered it in an envelope that didn’t fit correctly, […] ]]> 3
Light Has Come! Tue, 24 Dec 2013 08:47:18 +0000

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 […] ]]> 1
Christmas Project Collection Sat, 07 Dec 2013 21:51:09 +0000

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!   ]]> 1
Christmas in July! Folded Paper Stars with Symmetry Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:08:05 +0000

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 […] ]]> 2
Christmas in July! Origami Crane Ornaments Mon, 29 Jul 2013 01:02:24 +0000

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 […] ]]> 1
Christmas in July! “Jacob’s Ladder” Icicles Thu, 25 Jul 2013 18:55:17 +0000

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 […] ]]> 2
Christmas in July! Japanese Notan-Inspired Ornaments Wed, 24 Jul 2013 20:14:28 +0000

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! […] ]]>
Christmas in July Mon, 24 Dec 2012 18:04:27 +0000

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. […] ]]>
Christmas Cards for Veterans Thu, 24 Nov 2011 07:05:00 +0000

4th grade “JOY” by Jacob For our school-wide Thanksgiving project, we decided to show our thanks to some very special people…  My K through 7th grade students have been busy making Christmas cards for Veterans, to spread some Christmas cheer and let these men and women know they are loved and appreciated!  The hundreds of […] ]]> 1