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Clay Leaves

Colorful Clay Leaves

There seems to be a uni­ver­sal appeal when it comes to projects with leaves! Young or old, male or female.… who doesn’t like leaves?? This project is quick and easy, hard to mess up, and offers a “wow fac­tor” as the vein impres­sions make these ceramic leaves look incred­i­bly real­is­tic! So, go out and gather some leaves while you […]

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20 Interesting Facts about the Sistine Chapel

20 Interesting Facts about the Sistine Chapel

If you’re read­ing this post, you’re prob­a­bly a per­son who enjoys learn­ing about art and the artists who cre­ate it. Yet we all know peo­ple who don’t share this inter­est, and may even find art his­tory to be dry and bor­ing (gasp!). Well, art his­tory is any­thing but dry and bor­ing if you know the sto­ries behind the paint­ings! From DaVinci’s Mona Lisa […]

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Mona Lisa - Fact or Fiction? 50 Fantastic Things to Know

Mona Lisa — Fact or Fiction? 50 Fantastic Things to Know!

My stu­dents became experts on all things Mona Lisa the year we ‘adopted’ the Mona Lisa as our Art Class Mas­cot!  For gen­er­a­tions, the Mona Lisa has cap­ti­vated the imag­i­na­tions of young and old alike. Her mys­te­ri­ous smile hints that there is much we don’t know about this paint­ing, and the woman in it. But there […]

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Art with Math — Draw a Simple Soccer Ball

What do you get when you com­bine geom­e­try, art, and soc­cer?? A win­ning art les­son, that’s what! All the excite­ment of the World Cup this sum­mer inspired me to come up with a cre­ative way to teach kids how to draw a soc­cer ball. I was deter­mined to develop a method that would be easy to teach and easy to learn, […]

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Nativity Painting by Gerard Van Honthorst, 1622

Light Has Come!

Reli­gious paint­ings were a favorite sub­ject of the Old Mas­ters (trained Euro­pean painters who worked between the mid 1400’s to the early 1800’s). In paint­ings from this time period, Jesus was often depicted with a glow­ing light that would radi­ate out from him. This exam­ple of the Nativ­ity (or birth) of Christ by Dutch artist […]

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Self-Portraits Inspired by Grant Wood

Grant Wood (1891–1942) was an Amer­i­can artist best known for his paint­ings of rural Amer­i­can life.  My stu­dents were fas­ci­nated by the story of how his father died when Grant was only ten years old, and his mother had to move her fam­ily from their home on the farm to the big city. This was a […]

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More about Picasso.…

Self-Portrait 1907 by Pablo Picasso Yesterday’s post, “Wild ‘n Crazy Picasso Por­traits”, left me inspired to write a lit­tle bit more about this amaz­ing artist… Span­ish artist, Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), is often under-appreciated by peo­ple who don’t know much about him.… I usu­ally have to remind stu­dents of “Rule #1″ when teach­ing a class about […]

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