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Gung Hey Fat Choy! Chinese New Year Dragons

Chi­nese New Year is right around the cor­ner!  Mon­day, Jan­u­ary 23, 2012 will mark the start of the “Year of the Dragon”, year 4709 on the Chi­nese cal­en­dar, where each year is des­ig­nated by one of 12 ani­mals.  I thought a dragon project would be fun for my first graders as we usher out the […]

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Chinese Brush Painting

Chi­nese Brush Paint­ing dates back to 4000 BC, with tech­niques being handed down from mas­ter to stu­dent. In con­trast to what most of us are taught about art today, copy­ing and per­fec­tion of tech­nique was more impor­tant and more highly val­ued than self-expression. Chi­nese Brush Paint­ing uses sim­ple strokes of a paint brush to capture […]

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Gung Hey Fat Choy!

Chi­nese New Year falls on Valentine’s Day this year! Chi­nese New Year is often cel­e­brated with a parade led by a long, col­or­ful dragon. My 1st graders drew a fun Chi­nese Dragon to ring in the “Year of the Tiger”! 1. Cut a piece of 12“x18” white con­struc­tion paper in half to mea­sure 6“x18”.2. Using pencil, […]

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