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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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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 […]

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Origami Lotus Book

Here’s a fun project that both kids and adults really get excited about!  The Lotus Book may look complicated, but its folds are actually very simple.  Don’t be intimidated by all the steps…. once you’ve made one you’ll have it down.  It’s so much easier than it looks! Materials: Heavy-weight paper or card stock for […]

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