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A flag inspired by the Fante Asafo Flags of Ghana, illustrating the Irish proverb, "You'll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind."

Illustrate a Proverb or Verse Inspired by the Fante Asafo Flags of Ghana

See­ing a vari­ety of Fante Asafo Flags from Ghana will inspire your stu­dents with ideas for this project. Stu­dents in grades 5 and up will enjoy cre­at­ing their own per­sonal flag to illus­trate a proverb or verse that’s mean­ing­ful to them. Kids love the tac­tile expe­ri­ence of work­ing with felt and embroi­dery floss as they use graphic sym­bols to tell a story, con­vey a concept […]

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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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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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Chinese Brush Painting

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 […]

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Words as Art — Wonderful Word Clouds!

Word clouds are fun to make for hol­i­days or any­time of year! This is a great project for home school­ers, or any class with access to com­put­ers. A word cloud is a ran­dom arrange­ment of words, in this case a pas­sage of writ­ing where com­mon words such as “and”, “the”, “if”, etc. are omit­ted and […]

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