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An Abstract “Musical Composition”!

Abstract art is a great way to teach composition and the Elements of Art… without the intimidation that can occur when striving for realism.  Take some musical symbols and create a random layout… and have fun with it!! Materials: 12×18 black construction paper Oil pastels (we used the Pentel 16 color set) Directions: 1. Sketch […]

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Oil Pastel Fish – Kindergarten Style!

  Oil pastels, with their rich colors and expressive line quality, are one of my favorite mediums to use with kids. And the key to getting the best results with any oil pastel lesson is LAYERING! Materials: 12×18 black construction paper Oil pastels (We use the Pentel 16 color set.) Directions: 1. Set aside your black […]

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Van Gogh Auction Project

Even Van Gogh himself would be proud of this copy of his “Café Terrace” painting, created by our 2nd graders to raise money at our annual school auction. Each year, our school holds a fundraiser auction to raise money for special programs. While many valuable items are donated to be auctioned off, the items that […]

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Drawing Fish with Lines and Shapes

In Kindergarten this year, we’ve been focusing on drawing the world around us using lines and shapes. This colorful fish was drawn by Gabe. For this project, we first read a story about different kinds of fish, and talked about the shapes, lines, and patterns we saw in each one…. lots of ovals, triangles, circles […]

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Abstract Scatch Art

This project was inspired by Swiss artist Paul Klee. Paul Klee (1879-1940) was an abstract artist known for his highly individual style, which was influenced by many different art movements, including Expressionism, Cubism and Surrealism. Random colors in the background appear as your design is scratched out, offering a fun surprise whether you create a […]

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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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Tips for Working with Oil Pastels

Oil pastels just might be my favorite Art medium for kids! Both set-up and clean-up are quick and easy, and with a few specific instructions, every student can achieve great (if not totally charming!) results. Here are a few tips to help your students find success with oil pastels. You will probably find yourself repeating […]

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