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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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Origami crane ornament

Christmas in July! Origami Crane Ornaments

Stu­dents love to bring home these exquis­ite origami cranes to hang on their Christ­mas tree! I make these with my 5th & 6th graders, and even though this is not a begin­ner level project, every year I have at least one stu­dent with a pas­sion for origami who already knows how to make them! While these cranes are chal­leng­ing, they’re […]

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Notan Ornament back

Christmas in July! Japanese Notan-Inspired Ornaments

Even though Christ­mas falls on the same day every year, it still man­ages to sneak up on me! Why is that??! My best inten­tions are always to post some new Christ­mas art projects & ideas a month or two ahead of time, but then the busy­ness of the sea­son just gets the best of me! […]

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Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos Projects

Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muer­tos) is right around the cor­ner!  Don’t miss the oppor­tu­nity to share this impor­tant cul­tural tra­di­tion with your stu­dents.  Often mis­un­der­stood, this pop­u­lar Mex­i­can hol­i­day hon­or­s ances­tors and loved ones who have died, and is cel­e­brated each year on Novem­ber 1st & 2nd. This family-centered hol­i­day cel­e­brates the cycle of […]

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African Masks with Scratch Art Paper

Scratch Art paper is avail­able with either a white, col­ored, or foil back­ground, which is revealed when the black top coat­ing is scratched away with a wooden stick.  While this tech­nique is sim­ple enough for Kinders to do, the most strik­ing results are achieved by upper grade stu­dents who have the patience to make more […]

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African Kente Cloth Weaving

Kente cloth orig­i­nated in Ghana as the fab­ric of roy­alty, but has become a col­or­ful sym­bol of African cul­ture, now loved and worn by many.  Stu­dents in grades K and 1 will enjoy cre­at­ing their own paper ver­sion of this col­or­ful cloth! Mate­ri­als: 6“x12” black con­struc­tion paper 1“x6” strips of red, blue, yel­low and green con­struc­tion paper (3 […]

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