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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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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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Dense Text Lettering

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 […]

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Children’s Prayers for the World

 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 […]

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Haitian-Inspired Foil Cross

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!  […]

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Crayon Resist Easter Card

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 […]

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