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Surfboard Art by Kids

Surf’s Up! With End-of-the-Year Surfboard Art

The last few days of the school year can be a challenge…. students are super-excited and their energy level is high! Add in a substitute teacher and things could get crazy! So, I was asked to sub for a couple of classes on their last day of Art. I knew I’d need something special to focus their almost-summer-vacation […]

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Keep a sketchbook in the car

The 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge

Kids spend so much time in the car! It’s easy to reach for a dvd or electronic game to fill the time on long trips… or even short errands around town. But why not take a break from technology and just reach for a sketchbook instead? “Almost all artwork, no matter what the final form, […]

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Student gluing sections of star together

Christmas in July! Folded Paper Stars with Symmetry

These hanging stars are a hit year after year with my 4th graders. You can make these in any size you want…. the size of the squares you start with will determine the size of your finished stars. (When I teach this lesson, I use 12″ squares in two different colors to demonstrate the folding and gluing […]

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Sketch Books & Paint Set

Feed Your Creative Soul – with a Sketchbook!

Most art teachers I know struggle to find time for pursuing their own artwork…. so if that’s you, you’re not alone! Summertime provides a great opportunity for teachers to do things they otherwise set aside during the school year. But if we’re trying to teach our students how important art is, should we really be […]

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Berry Thumbprint People Cartoon

How Full Is Your Bucket?

The books that inspired this lesson have nothing to do with art, and the illustrations were not what attracted me! What I LOVE about these books is their message. And what better way to drive home a great message than with a fun art lesson??! Inspired by a bullying episode at my school, I saw […]

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Student spraying water on her monochromatic snow scene

Monochromatic Snow Scene with Markers

Here’s an easy, wintery snow scene, perfect for those days when you need a lesson without much prep or clean-up. The week before Christmas break is that time for me! Materials: 12 x 18 white construction paper Crayola Washable Markers (you only need the gray, red, and orange) Spray bottle filled with plain water Directions: […]

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Dense Text Lettering

My inspiration for this project came from the wonderful book, Hand Lettering, by Marci Donley & DeAnn Singh.  The authors call this technique “Writing Between the Lines”, but I think “Dense Text” describes it better.  I tried it with my middle schoolers and the results were fantastic!  You’ll find so many applications for this fun lettering […]

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