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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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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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