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Oil Pastel Sunflower Inspired by Vincent van Gogh

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Par­ents often tell me about the art­work their kids did with me that they have framed and hang­ing in their home. And this is the project that most often earns a per­ma­nent place on the wall! While there’s noth­ing like adding new lessons to keep your cur­ricu­lum fresh and excit­ing, we all have projects that […]

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Oil Pastel Flower Inspired by Van Gogh

Oil Pastel Still Life Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh

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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Oil Pastel Houses Inspired by Marc Chagall

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 […]

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Oil Pastel Cat inspired by Laurel Burch

Oil Pastel Cats Inspired by Laurel Burch

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 […]

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Computer Art ala Picasso!

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 […]

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Name Tangles

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 […]

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Stained Glass Name Designs

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 […]

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