Students will be surprised to learn that Van Gogh was not popular as an artist during his own lifetime.… a great example that the opinions of popular culture do not always prevail! This project usually takes 2–3 fifty minute sessions to finish, and the results are frame-worthy! Vocabulary: • Vincent Van Gogh (1853–1890) — Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh […]
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Students enjoy creating these quirky street-scapes inspired by Russian artist, Marc Chagall. There’s just something really fun about crooked buildings and random things flying through the air! Materials: 12x18 black construction paper #2 Pencil with pink eraser (the eraser is handy for “sketching” your layout!) Oil Pastels “Wet wipes” for clean up Examples of the paintings of Marc […]
What’s not to love about these whimsical, colorful cats inspired by San Francisco artist, Laurel Burch? This fun project can be adapted to most any age group.… the examples here were done by my 4th graders. My students always enjoy learning about the lives of famous artists, and the story of prolific artist Laurel Burch […]
There are so many ways to be creative with a computer! Here’s a site where you can click and drag to create your very own Picasso-like portrait. This would be a fun activity for students after learning about the real Picasso! Be sure to check out this site’s “gallery” to see the fun others have […]
“Name Tangles” are a fun way to create a cool design using your name or another word of your choice. Try adapting this idea for a unique greeting card design! Materials: 9x12 white construction paper Pencil and eraser Black markers, fine and broad point Directions:1. Use large stick letters to write your name, beginning with the first […]
This is a simple project, and a great introduction to the concept of positive and negative space for younger kids. Any project using their names is typically a guaranteed hit!! Materials: White paper, any size Pencil and eraser Black chisel tip markers Water-based markers in a variety of colors Vocabulary:Positive Space — the object or objects you […]
Upper grade “Allison” , colored in warm colors with colored pencils Lower grade “Allison”, colored in cool colors with markers (the same lettering, but traced only four times instead of eight!) Kids love to create cool designs with their names… a fun project to start off a new school year and a great way to […]
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