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Valentine Color Mixing - Paint 100 Hearts!

Valentine Color Mixing — Paint 100 Hearts!

With Valen­tines Day (and the ‘100th Day of School’) just around the cor­ner, I thought I’d post this heart-themed ver­sion of my ‘Mix­ing 100 Col­ors’ les­son! Mix­ing the col­ors and then paint­ing hearts requires a lit­tle longer atten­tion span, so I’ve found that 4th grade and up does best with this ver­sion. But younger students […]

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How to Ruin a Paintbrush in One Simple Step

Water­color or tem­pera paint in cake form offers lots of advan­tages for ele­men­tary stu­dents. But this kind of paint can also be hard on brushes! When younger stu­dents are used to paint­ing with liq­uid water­col­ors or liq­uid tem­pera, they often for­get to add water to their paint when they switch to work­ing with cake-style col­ors. Then, they com­pen­sate for this […]

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Monoprint "Dot"

Monoprint Mandalas

Inter­na­tional Dot Day, and one of my all-time favorite books, “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds, were my inspi­ra­tion for this les­son! I wanted to come up with a new way to make a series of quick, col­or­ful, one-of-a-kind “dots” that could be com­pleted in one class ses­sion. With mono­prints, only one print can be made from each […]

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102 year old woman painting!

Volunteering as an Art Educator

Oppor­tu­ni­ties abound for vol­un­teer­ing as an Art Edu­ca­tor! If you’ve got a lit­tle extra free time this sum­mer, why not take advan­tage of this chance to share your exper­tise with oth­ers in your com­mu­nity? This sum­mer, I’m teach­ing Art classes for the elderly res­i­dents at a local retire­ment home.… a com­pletely new expe­ri­ence for me! […]

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Color Wheel with Primary, Secondary, Intermediate and Tertiary Colors

Create Your Own Color Wheel

Why pur­chase pre-mixed paint col­ors when stu­dents can learn to mix their own col­ors for more vari­ety and more inter­est­ing results?  Mak­ing a color wheel teaches stu­dents how to mix the col­ors they want while learn­ing the basics of color the­ory! You will need: Paper plates, 2 per stu­dent (one for a palette, one for the […]

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Pencil tracing of a shadow on paper on the grass

Shadow Tracing

Shadow trac­ing is a great way to get out­side on a bright sunny day, explore pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive space, and have some fun with color at the same time.  Shadow trac­ing is low stress for stu­dents (2nd grade and up) and has min­i­mal prep for teach­ers. Stu­dents can usu­ally fin­ish one of these paint­ings in […]

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Painting with Impressionism — “After Monet”

We began our les­son by look­ing at exam­ples of Monet’s paint­ings in an old Monet art cal­en­dar.  I chose his paint­ing of Antibes for us to “copy” and hung it up where every­one could see it.  Then I explained to my 1st graders that art stu­dents some­times copy a famous paint­ing in order to learn […]

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