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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 6x6, 8x10, 12x14, and an 8″ cir­cle) Acrylic paints (stu­dent or even […]

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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 store […]

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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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Underwater Fantasy inspired by Paul Klee

Swiss painter and graphic artist, Paul Klee, is known for his child-like use of line and color.… maybe that’s why kids relate so well to his work!  The influ­ence of Sur­re­al­ism, Expres­sion­ism, and Cubism is eas­ily seen in his art, yet he really had a style all his own.  This project is inspired by his […]

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Line Designs with Shading

I’m not really sure what to call these draw­ings, but my stu­dents love them!  I found this project on Art with Mr. E. (and embell­ished his instruc­tions just a bit) to use with my 4th & 5th graders for some end-of-the-year fun!! With this project, you can teach that shad­ing and care­ful use of line […]

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