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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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Cezanne-Inspired Still Life — a Step Further!

I was so happy with the results that my Kinders had with our Cezanne-inspired still life paint­ings, that I wanted to take it a step fur­ther with my 1st grade classes.…   As I showed my 1st graders some of Cezanne’s still life paint­ings, we noticed that you could often see a dark edge around many […]

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Cezanne-Inspired Still Life for K and Beyond

Today my Kinders learned about Impres­sion­ist artist Paul Cezanne, and painted a still life inspired by him.  This les­son was so suc­cess­ful on so many lev­els!   First, we talked about how Cezanne’s father didn’t encour­age him in his art (he wanted him to be a banker or a lawyer), but he had a friend […]

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Van Gogh Auction Project

Even Van Gogh him­self would be proud of this copy of his “Café Ter­race” paint­ing, cre­ated by our 2nd graders to raise money at our annual school auc­tion. Each year, our school holds a fundraiser auc­tion to raise money for spe­cial pro­grams. While many valu­able items are donated to be auc­tioned off, the items that […]

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Watercolor Fish with Pointillism

Last weekend’s teacher work­shop at Palace Art and Office Sup­ply was a huge suc­cess! It’s encour­ag­ing to know that so many teach­ers are eager to expand their art skills so they can share the ben­e­fits of Art with their stu­dents! For this work­shop we focused on water­color, so I thought I would share a few […]

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