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Origami Flower Balls

Origami Flower Balls

The Japanese art of origami always seems like a fitting thing to do at Christmas. It’s peaceful and calming, almost meditative to work on, and it makes a beautiful decoration when finished!  As with many origami projects, this unique hanging ornament looks much more difficult than it is. It’s really just the same simple sequence repeated over and over […]

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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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Basic Japanese Notan Design for Grades 1 and Up - great for practicing cutting and gluing!

Basic Japanese Notan Designs for 1st Grade & Up

Are you looking for an easy project that will give your youngest students more practice with scissors? This very basic Japanese Notan lesson is perfect for working on cutting and gluing skills, and kids will love the striking designs they create! Notan is a type of Japanese art that uses the contrast of light and dark to make an eye-catching composition. (Pronounce it just like it […]

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A flag inspired by the Fante Asafo Flags of Ghana, illustrating the Irish proverb, "You'll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind."

Illustrate a Proverb or Verse Inspired by the Fante Asafo Flags of Ghana

Seeing a variety of Fante Asafo Flags from Ghana will inspire your students with ideas for this project. Students in grades 5 and up will enjoy creating their own personal flag to illustrate a proverb or verse that’s meaningful to them. Kids love the tactile experience of working with felt and embroidery floss as they use graphic symbols to tell a story, convey a concept […]

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Learn Art History (and lots more!) for FREE with Khan Academy

Learn Art History with the Khan Academy

“You only have to know one thing: You can learn anything.” That’s the motto of the Khan Academy! If you’re not familiar with the Khan Academy, and you have an interest in Art History (for any reason – whether you’re a parent, student, teacher, or lifelong learner) you’ll be amazed by the education that’s available to you for free! […]

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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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Colorful Ofrenda Skeletons

Day of the Dead – Ofrenda Painting

The popular Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead (or Dia de Los Muertos), gives us many opportunities for colorful art lessons combined with learning about another culture! True confession time…. when I moved from a small town in upstate New York to go to college in California, I had no idea what Day of the Dead was…. I […]

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