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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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