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Nature Collage Card — Inspired by the Art of Haiti

You can learn a lot about a cul­ture from its art work!  On my recent trip to Haiti, I learned that the Hait­ian peo­ple are both resilient and resource­ful.  Their resource­ful­ness is eas­ily seen in their art­work, espe­cially these col­laged note cards that they make and sell, using local organic mate­ri­als to cre­ate sim­ple scenes […]

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Houses for Haiti Lesson Plan

Two amaz­ing teach­ers in Florida came up with a cre­ative idea to raise money for Haiti after the 2010 earth­quake.  After dis­cov­er­ing “Haiti Houses” on the inter­net, I was inspired to try it for myself and make a few changes.  Below is my ver­sion of this project. Visit haitihouses.org to see how much money has been […]

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Houses for Haiti… and a Rabbit Trail

While research­ing new ways to raise money for Haiti, I came across a great idea that I can’t wait to try with my stu­dents.… “Haiti Houses”.  As Art teach­ers today, we are blessed with so many fun sites for find­ing cre­ative les­son ideas, and often one leads to another, which leads to another… as happened […]

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Kids Express Themselves with Art

These are just a few of the amaz­ing paint­ings done by chil­dren in the tent cities of Haiti, on the anniver­sary of the earth­quake. Some­times I get so caught up in the aca­d­e­mics and “mechan­ics” of teach­ing art (the ele­ments, prin­ci­ples, and “how to’s”) that I for­get the impor­tance of art as a means of […]

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Haitian-Inspired Foil Cross

This project was inspired by the metal art of Haiti, and makes a great project for Easter… or any­time!  I’ll be doing this with chil­dren in a cou­ple of orphan­ages in Haiti next week.  I’ll try to post some pic­tures when I get back! “Foamies” and 3M foil tape are the secret ingre­di­ents for this project!  […]

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