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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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Blossoming “Popcorn Trees”

Spring has sprung, and to celebrate, our Kinders painted trees blossoming with flowers made of popcorn!  This lesson reinforces the color mixing skills we’ve been working on all year, as well as teaches a basic technique for drawing/painting trees.  Adding popcorn also gives the opportunity to talk about the concept of “mixed media”.  And who […]

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Mixing 100 Colors

Today was our 100th Day of School, so to help our 2nd graders celebrate, I decided to challenge them to mix 100 different colors!  I made a grid for students to paint over, consisting of 10 rows of 10 very light gray squares with a little white space in between.  I didn’t want to see harsh outlines […]

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Cezanne-Inspired Still Life – a Step Further!

I was so happy with the results that my Kinders had with our Cezanne-inspired still life paintings, that I wanted to take it a step further with my 1st grade classes….   As I showed my 1st graders some of Cezanne’s still life paintings, we noticed that you could often see a dark edge around many […]

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Cezanne-Inspired Still Life for K and Beyond

Today my Kinders learned about Impressionist artist Paul Cezanne, and painted a still life inspired by him.  This lesson was so successful on so many levels!   First, we talked about how Cezanne’s father didn’t encourage him in his art (he wanted him to be a banker or a lawyer), but he had a friend […]

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Snowmen with Tempera

Cropping and a unique point of view make this “not your everyday snowman”!  I first saw this composition idea on Art Projects for Kids (done with oil pastels) and then on Deep Space Sparkle (done with tempera paint).  I used this lesson to teach my first graders about cropping and the 3/4 view portrait.  They loved it […]

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