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Easy DIY Handmade Envelopes to fit any size card!

Easy DIY Envelopes to Fit Any Size Card

With Valentine’s Day right around the cor­ner, I wanted to share this super-easy DIY enve­lope you can make to fit any size card! How many times have you or your stu­dents cre­ated a won­der­ful hand-made card for Valentine’s Day (or Christ­mas, Birth­day, Mother’s Day, etc.) and then deliv­ered it in an enve­lope that didn’t fit cor­rectly, or […]

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Mona Lisa - Fact or Fiction? 50 Fantastic Things to Know

Mona Lisa — Fact or Fiction? 50 Fantastic Things to Know!

My stu­dents became experts on all things Mona Lisa the year we ‘adopted’ the Mona Lisa as our Art Class Mas­cot!  For gen­er­a­tions, the Mona Lisa has cap­ti­vated the imag­i­na­tions of young and old alike. Her mys­te­ri­ous smile hints that there is much we don’t know about this paint­ing, and the woman in it. But there […]

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Valentine Color Mixing - Paint 100 Hearts!

Valentine Color Mixing — Paint 100 Hearts!

With Valen­tines Day (and the ‘100th Day of School’) just around the cor­ner, I thought I’d post this heart-themed ver­sion of my ‘Mix­ing 100 Col­ors’ les­son! Mix­ing the col­ors and then paint­ing hearts requires a lit­tle longer atten­tion span, so I’ve found that 4th grade and up does best with this ver­sion. But younger students […]

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Basic Japanese Notan Design for Grades 1 and Up - great for practicing cutting and gluing!

Basic Japanese Notan Designs for 1st Grade & Up

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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7 Tips for Successful Student Art Displays

7 Tips for Successful Student Art Displays

Dis­play­ing stu­dent art through­out the year, and not only at your end-of-the-year art show, pays div­i­dends in so many ways. From pro­mot­ing your pro­gram to build­ing stu­dent pride and self-esteem, it’s worth the time and effort it takes to show off the won­der­ful art that your stu­dents are cre­at­ing! Look for spaces to dis­play stu­dent work not only in […]

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A flag inspired by the Fante Asafo Flags of Ghana, illustrating the Irish proverb, "You'll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind."

Illustrate a Proverb or Verse Inspired by the Fante Asafo Flags of Ghana

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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How to Hold a Pencil - a Simple Technique for Teaching the Tripod Grip

How to Hold a Pencil 101

In draw­ing, as in writ­ing, how you hold your pen­cil makes a dif­fer­ence! Over the years, I’ve seen some really unusual ways of hold­ing a pen­cil. Many stu­dents arrive in Kinder­garten with habits already formed that look awk­ward at best, if not painfully uncom­fort­able. No won­der some kids have trou­ble with writ­ing and draw­ing! These […]

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