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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 […]

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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 […]

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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:• 12×18 white construction paper• black crayon, broken […]

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