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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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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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