Abstract (Non-representational) – TeachKidsArt http://www.teachkidsart.net a resource for teaching art to kids! Sun, 31 Dec 2017 04:33:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 No-Measure Mandala on Aluminum Foil http://www.teachkidsart.net/no-measure-mandala-on-aluminum-foil/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/no-measure-mandala-on-aluminum-foil/#comments Sat, 12 Nov 2016 07:06:23 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4935

Exciting news!! I’m  honored to be a contributor in Kathy Barbro’s new book, Sharpie Art Workshop for Kids. Kathy writes the popular blog, Art Projects for Kids.  It was Kathy’s blog that first inspired me to start my own kids’ art blog many years ago, so that makes this even more exciting for me! You can order Kathy’s […] ]]>
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Unwind with a Ceramic “Feeling Sculpture” http://www.teachkidsart.net/unwind-with-a-ceramic-feeling-sculpture/ Tue, 18 Oct 2016 03:35:52 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4912

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 […] ]]>
Recycled Assemblage Sculptures Inspired by Louise Nevelson http://www.teachkidsart.net/recycled-assemblage-sculptures-inspired-by-louise-nevelson/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/recycled-assemblage-sculptures-inspired-by-louise-nevelson/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:38:33 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4190

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 Designs for 1st Grade & Up http://www.teachkidsart.net/basic-japanese-notan-designs-for-1st-grade-up/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/basic-japanese-notan-designs-for-1st-grade-up/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:04:20 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=3845

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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How to Make a Gelli Print http://www.teachkidsart.net/how-to-make-a-gelli-print/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/how-to-make-a-gelli-print/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 00:48:42 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=3044

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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Making Monoprints with a Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate http://www.teachkidsart.net/making-monoprints-with-a-gelli-arts-gel-printing-plate/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/making-monoprints-with-a-gelli-arts-gel-printing-plate/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:20:05 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=3007

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 http://www.teachkidsart.net/burlap-needlepoint-mandala/ Thu, 28 Nov 2013 01:42:36 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=2319

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…. […] ]]>
Monoprint Mandalas http://www.teachkidsart.net/monoprint-mandalas/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/monoprint-mandalas/#comments Sun, 22 Sep 2013 21:01:02 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=2237

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 http://www.teachkidsart.net/underwater-fantasy-inspired-by-paul/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/underwater-fantasy-inspired-by-paul/#comments Mon, 30 Apr 2012 00:21:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2012/04/underwater-fantasy-inspired-by-paul-klee.html

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 http://www.teachkidsart.net/line-designs-with-shading/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/line-designs-with-shading/#comments Sun, 05 Jun 2011 03:32:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2011/06/line-designs-with-shading.html

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 added to 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 […] ]]>
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