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Shadow Tracing

Shadow tracing is a project that students from about 2nd or 3rd grade and up will love doing. It fits right in with discussions about composition, color theory, and positive/negative shapes. In the interest of full disclosure, one of the reasons students love it so much is that they have to go outside to do […]

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Paper Trivia

I learned an interesting bit of trivia the other day while preparing for a lesson in the art of Japanese Paper Folding, a.k.a. “Origami”. This may not change your life, but it does make a great conversation starter and I guarantee your students will not be willing to just take your word for it! So, […]

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Screen Shots!

For those of you who enjoyed creating Abstract Art using Miltos Manetas’ website (from yesterday’s post), there is a way to save your creation, even though the website itself doesn’t give you a way to do that. You can take a picture of all or part of your computer screen using “screen shots” or “screen […]

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What Is Art??

So what is Art, anyway?? Not to get all philosophical or anything, but you have to admit that’s a good question! If you ask 100 people, you’re likely to get 100 different answers. I recently attended an exhibit at the Denver Art Museum titled, “What is Art?”. This question was posed to exhibit viewers who […]

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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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What Inspires You?

While it’s great to follow tried and true plans for a successful Art lesson, it can be fun to come up with a new project on your own, based on something that inspires you. Where do you get inspiration from? It’s different for everyone, but anything that catches your eye (from the shapes and patterns […]

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Take Avantage of Your Local Art Talent!

I hope you know that I mean “take advantage of” in a good way! Every community has it’s share of local talent, so why not bring some of that influence into your classroom? Sometimes it helps our students to hear enthusiasm about Art coming from someone other than us! Inviting a local artist into your […]

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