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Kindergarten Birds

These kinder­garten bird paint­ings are guar­an­teed to make you smile! I was com­pletely charmed by these when my stu­dents did them last week, so I wanted to share a few, along with some tips for get­ting great results.… I began by shar­ing a spe­cial “artist secret” with my stu­dents.… that “artists use shapes to help […]

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Grade 2 Portfolios — “My Many Colored Days”

This project is a great way to use last year’s bro­ken crayons! You can even assign stu­dents the job of peel­ing paper off the bro­ken crayons just for this pur­pose.… some kids LOVE to do this!! “My Many Col­ored Days”, writ­ten (but not illus­trated) by the beloved Dr. Seuss, is the inspi­ra­tion for my Grade 2 […]

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K Portfolios — a Purple Crayon Adventure!

I’ve always loved books, so I love to start the school year off by read­ing an art-related story to each of my classes. My favorite “art story” for Kinder­garten is Harold and the Pur­ple Crayon by Crock­ett John­son. This clas­sic children’s tale was first pub­lished in 1955 and has been hugely pop­u­lar ever since. It […]

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Butterfly Symmetry with Crayon Resist

But­ter­flies make the per­fect sub­ject for learn­ing about sym­me­try and they’re a great way to wel­come the spring sea­son. I love dis­play­ing them by putting a cou­ple of sta­ples through the body and pulling the wings out a lit­tle so they look like they’re in flight! It’s fun to let them “fly” off the bulletin […]

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My Good Shepherd

Paint­ing by Syd­ney, grade 1 When I taught Art at a pri­vate Chris­t­ian School, I would do this les­son every year just before Easter with my first graders. This is one of those projects where the results are totally charm­ing and every­one feels suc­cess­ful.… and the par­ents love them!! The idea for these adorable water­color sheep came […]

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Self-Portraits Inspired by Paul Klee

Kinder­garten self-portrait and “Senecio” by Paul Klee One of our won­der­ful par­ent vol­un­teers recently shared a great web­site with me that she found. If you’re look­ing for new art lessons to try, check out Kathy Barbaro’s “Art Projects for Kids”. I found a great idea on her web­site for “paint­ing” with tis­sue paper, which I tried […]

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Autumn Leaves with Crayon Resist

art by Kelsey Autumn Leaves with Crayon Resistin­spired by Andy Goldswor­thy This is a fun project that I usu­ally do with my 1st graders in the fall, but all ages enjoy it….it’s easy to do, every­one can feel suc­cess­ful and the results are beau­ti­ful. Try one your­self! Mate­ri­als:• 12x18 white con­struc­tion paper• black crayon, broken […]

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