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Thumbprint Self-Portrait

Here’s a great idea I found on Pinterest…. You can see lots of inspiring examples here and here.  I tried this lesson with my middle school students and they really had fun with it!   For more detailed instructions with photos, tips, writing prompts, a student gallery, and fascinating fingerprint facts, check out my pdf on […]

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Line Designs with Shading

I’m not really sure what to call these drawings, but my students love them!  I found this project on Art with Mr. E. (and added to his instructions just a bit) to use with my 4th & 5th graders for some end-of-the-year fun!!     With this project, you can teach that shading and careful use […]

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Tunnel Books

Tunnel books are fun and unique!  We made ours using a post card for a prompt and wrote a haiku to go with it.  I’ve made these with grade 4 and up, but younger students could enjoy this activity in “centers”, with the help of parent volunteers, or by having the various parts prepped for […]

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Grade 4 Portfolios – “Ish” Drawings

There are lots of wonderful children’s books available today, but “Ish” by Peter Reynolds stands out as one of my all-time favorites. This is a story that everyone (kids and adults!) can relate to…. in fact, it’s so influential that I can literally see a “before and after” effect each time I read it to […]

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Tessellations

Tessellations are all around us! A tile floor is a good example. Encourage your students to find other tessellating patterns in the world around them. Then make your own tessellations inspired by artist M.C. Escher. (Don’t be afraid to try these… they are much easier than they look!) First, some helpful vocabulary:M.C. Escher – a […]

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Personalized Self-Portraits

Third grade self-portrait by Zachary Use the inspiration of artist Frida Kahlo to have your students add a personalized touch to their self-portraits. Frida Kahlo is known for her prolific painting career…. paintings mostly of herself! She often used symbolism in her paintings as a “window to her soul”. I like to have students add […]

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“Thank You” Drawings

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, what better time than now to focus your students on being thankful for the blessings in their lives? Have your students choose one thing they’re thankful for and teach them how to write it with “outline letters”, which they can then decorate to reflect the theme of their illustration. […]

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