Multicultural – TeachKidsArt http://www.teachkidsart.net a resource for teaching art to kids! Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:27:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ceramic Sugar Skull Plate for Dia de los Muertos http://www.teachkidsart.net/ceramic-sugar-skull-plate-for-dia-de-los-muertos/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/ceramic-sugar-skull-plate-for-dia-de-los-muertos/#comments Wed, 01 Nov 2017 19:43:30 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5223

November 1st and 2nd is a Mexican holiday known as “Dia de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead”….. an no, it isn’t “Mexican Halloween”! It’s not meant to be scary, spooky, or morbid, but rather a colorful tradition of honoring loved ones who have passed. I’m blessed to live in an area of the […] ]]>
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Easy Sugar Skull Ceramic Planter/Pot http://www.teachkidsart.net/easy-sugar-skull-ceramic-planterpot/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/easy-sugar-skull-ceramic-planterpot/#comments Thu, 12 Oct 2017 03:33:02 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5182

As if we needed one more reason to love Trader Joe’s…. THIS sugar skull succulent planter! My students were asking for a project for Day of the Dead, so when I saw these awesome sugar skull succulent planters I knew I had to come up with a good way to make them! So here it […] ]]>
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Scholastic Art Giveaway http://www.teachkidsart.net/scholastic-art-giveaway/ Tue, 08 Aug 2017 01:45:31 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=5101

When the editor of Scholastic Art contacted me about reviewing their magazine on my blog and hosting a giveaway, I jumped at the chance! Scholastic Art has a special place in my heart. As a high school senior, I was chosen to receive a Scholastic Art Scholarship to an art school in Boston. Even though […] ]]>
Origami Flower Balls http://www.teachkidsart.net/origami-flower-balls/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/origami-flower-balls/#comments Thu, 10 Dec 2015 04:50:06 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4658

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 http://www.teachkidsart.net/20-interesting-facts-about-the-sistine-chapel/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/20-interesting-facts-about-the-sistine-chapel/#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2015 19:06:59 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4346

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 Designs for 1st Grade & Up http://www.teachkidsart.net/basic-japanese-notan-designs-for-1st-grade-up/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/basic-japanese-notan-designs-for-1st-grade-up/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:04:20 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=3845

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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Illustrate a Proverb or Verse Inspired by the Fante Asafo Flags of Ghana http://www.teachkidsart.net/illustrate-a-proverb-or-verse-inspired-by-african-fante-asafo-flags/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/illustrate-a-proverb-or-verse-inspired-by-african-fante-asafo-flags/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 04:14:39 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=3775

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 with the Khan Academy http://www.teachkidsart.net/learn-art-history-with-the-khan-academy/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/learn-art-history-with-the-khan-academy/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:32:06 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=3736

“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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Light Has Come! http://www.teachkidsart.net/light-has-come/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/light-has-come/#comments Tue, 24 Dec 2013 08:47:18 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=2525

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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Day of the Dead – Ofrenda Painting http://www.teachkidsart.net/day-of-the-dead-ofrenda-painting/ Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:36:01 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=2272

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 […] ]]>