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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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 […]
My inspiration for this project came from the wonderful book, Hand Lettering, by Marci Donley & DeAnn Singh. The authors call this technique “Writing Between the Lines”, but I think “Dense Text” describes it better. I tried it with my middle schoolers and the results were fantastic! You’ll find so many applications for this fun lettering […]
I love this project that Barbara Mendence, a 2nd grade teacher at our school, does with her students each year! Not only is this a fun art lesson, but it makes for a great geography lesson and culture study as well. Armed with a list that includes all the countries of the world, her class […]
This project was inspired by the metal art of Haiti, and makes a great project for Easter… or anytime! I’ll be doing this with children in a couple of orphanages in Haiti next week. I’ll try to post some pictures when I get back! “Foamies” and 3M foil tape are the secret ingredients for this project! […]
Here’s a quick and easy crayon resist project I did with some of my 1st and 2nd graders. Students folded 12x18 paper in half and painted on the front, for a charming Easter card. Inside, they wrote: “He is risen! He is risen indeed!” Materials: 12x18 heavy-weight white construction paper black crayons watercolors (I like the […]
Chinese Brush Painting dates back to 4000 BC, with techniques being handed down from master to student. In contrast to what most of us are taught about art today, copying and perfection of technique was more important and more highly valued than self-expression. Chinese Brush Painting uses simple strokes of a paint brush to capture […]
Hi! I'm Cheryl, and I'm a big fan of kids' artwork! For the last 20+ years, I've had the privilege of teaching art to kids from kindergarten through high school.... in public, private, charter, and homeschool settings. Now I'm focusing on mentoring other teachers through demos, workshops, and sharing lessons and more on my blog. I have a degree in art and an art ed credential, but I've learned that you don't need to be an "artist" or have an art background yourself to teach art to kids. All you need are good lessons to follow (like following a recipe) and the willingness to have fun! Over the years, I’ve developed hundreds of successful, classroom-tested art lessons for kids, and all the tips, methods, and strategies to go along with them! My passion now is to make all this available to classroom teachers, homeschool teachers, parents, and grandparents.… to anyone who wants to share the joy of ART with the kids in their life!