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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 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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Memorial Day Flag Designs

Here’s a great lesson for Memorial Day… I did this with my 1st graders, but any age could have fun with it.  Easy to prep, no clean up, everyone was successful, and the kids LOVED it… you can’t beat that! Materials: 9×12 white paper Black “F” Sharpie Red and blue markers Directions:1. Discuss the American […]

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Compass Mandalas

The word “mandala” comes from the Sanskrit word meaning “circle” and has it’s roots in Hindu and Buddhist traditions.  We know mandalas as circular designs with radial symmetry and repeating patterns.  Mandalas can be found today in a variety of cultures as well as in nature. (Ask students where they have seen circles, or patterns […]

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Designs with Number Patterns

This lesson is adapted from a math activity my own kids did in middle school, where they used colored string to “stitch” their patterns on card stock.  I simplified this lesson for my students (4th grade and up), replacing the needle and thread with markers and a ruler….  Have you ever marveled at the fascinating […]

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Visual Texture

This activity is great practice for learning to see values (lights and darks) and duplicate them in your drawings. Younger students may only have the patience to do two or three of these, while older students may want to do several more. Make sure you use the same pencil and the same paper for both […]

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