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Unwind with a Ceramic 'Feeling Sculpture'

Unwind with a Ceramic “Feeling Sculpture”

This may be the most relaxing clay project you’ll ever do. My students loved it so much, they asked to do it again!  Credit for this awesome project goes to my daughter’s high school Ceramics teacher, Mr. Emery. He challenged his students to form the clay with their eyes closed (!), but I made that optional for […]

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Recycled Assemblage Sculptures Inspired by Louis Nevelson

Recycled Assemblage Sculptures Inspired by Louise Nevelson

Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) was one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century. Born in Russia, she emigrated with her family to the United States in 1905. Her unique artistic style was influenced by the cubist movement, co-founded by Pablo Picasso, and the found object sculptures of Marcel Duchamp. Calling herself “the original recycler”, Nevelson is most […]

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Basic Japanese Notan Design for Grades 1 and Up - great for practicing cutting and gluing!

Basic Japanese Notan Designs for 1st Grade & Up

Are you looking for an easy project that will give your youngest students more practice with scissors? This very basic Japanese Notan lesson is perfect for working on cutting and gluing skills, and kids will love the striking designs they create! Notan is a type of Japanese art that uses the contrast of light and dark to make an eye-catching composition. (Pronounce it just like it […]

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Monoprint made with a Gelli plate

How to Make a Gelli Print

Gelli plates are a quick, easy, and FUN way to make the most amazing monoprints. Once you experience this process for yourself, you’ll be addicted – like me! Just follow these simple steps to make your own unique Gelli prints…. You’ll need: Gelli plate (available in 6×6, 8×10, 12×14, and an 8″ cir­cle) Acrylic paints (student or […]

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Monoprints made with a Gelli Arts gel printing plate

Making Monoprints with a Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate

I recently discovered a new product that I’ve become obsessed with… the Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate. I’ve always loved monoprinting, but Gelli Plates take this art form to a whole new level. Printmaking with a Gelli Plate is similar to gelatin printing, but the plate itself is much more durable, it’s reusable, you can […]

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Burlap Needlepoint Mandala

It’s football season and that means it’s the perfect time to introduce needlepoint art to your students! If you’re wondering what football has to do with needlepoint, look no further than former NFL great, Rosey Grier. I used to have trouble getting my 5th grade boys to take anything seriously that involved a needle and yarn…. […]

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Monoprint "Dot"

Monoprint Mandalas

International Dot Day, and one of my all-time favorite books, “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds, were my inspiration for this lesson! I wanted to come up with a new way to make a series of quick, colorful, one-of-a-kind “dots” that could be completed in one class session. With mono­prints, only one print can be made from each […]

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