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Monarch Butterflies for K & Beyond

Monarch Butterflies for K & Beyond

Each fall, one of our local State Parks becomes home to almost 100,000 migrating Monarch butterflies. The Monarchs gather in a eucalyptus grove that provides shelter from wind and harsh weather, while they wait for spring to arrive. On chilly days, the Monarchs cluster together in the trees for warmth. But on warm days, they flutter about like colorful […]

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Oil Pastel Sunflower Inspired by Vincent van Gogh

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Parents often tell me about the artwork their kids did with me that they have framed and hanging in their home. And this is the project that most often earns a permanent place on the wall! While there’s nothing like adding new lessons to keep your curriculum fresh and exciting, we all have projects that […]

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Colorful Ofrenda Skeletons

Day of the Dead – Ofrenda Painting

The popular Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead (or Dia de Los Muertos), gives us many opportunities for colorful art lessons combined with learning about another culture! True confession time…. when I moved from a small town in upstate New York to go to college in California, I had no idea what Day of the Dead was…. I […]

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Oil Pastel Flower Inspired by Van Gogh

Oil Pastel Still Life Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh

Students will be surprised to learn that Van Gogh was not popular as an artist during his own lifetime…. a great example that the opinions of popular culture do not always prevail!  This project usually takes 2-3 fifty minute sessions to finish, and the results are frame-worthy! Vocabulary: • Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) – Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh […]

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Oil Pastel Houses Inspired by Marc Chagall

Students enjoy creating these quirky street-scapes inspired by Russian artist, Marc Chagall.  There’s just something really fun about crooked buildings and random things flying through the air! Materials: 12×18 black construction paper #2 Pencil with pink eraser (the eraser is handy for “sketching” your layout!) Oil Pastels “Wet wipes” for clean up Examples of the […]

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Oil Pastel Cat inspired by Laurel Burch

Oil Pastel Cats Inspired by Laurel Burch

What’s not to love about these whimsical, colorful cats inspired by San Francisco artist, Laurel Burch? This fun project can be adapted to most any age group…. the examples here were done by my 4th graders. My students always enjoy learning about the lives of famous artists, and the story of prolific artist Laurel Burch […]

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4th Grade Masterpiece Mosaic of "Goldfish" by Henri Matisse

Masterpiece Mosaics: a Collaborative Art Project for Grades K – 8

These colorful projects, which I call “Masterpiece Mosaics”, were a collaborative effort by my students in grades K through middle school. Each grade level created their own copy of a famous painting – six masterpieces in all, on display now through Christmas at our local art store. These were really pretty easy to do, and […]

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