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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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Sketch Books & Paint Set

Feed Your Creative Soul — with a Sketchbook!

Most art teach­ers I know strug­gle to find time for pur­su­ing their own art­work.… so if that’s you, you’re not alone! Sum­mer­time pro­vides a great oppor­tu­nity for teach­ers to do things they oth­er­wise set aside dur­ing the school year. But if we’re try­ing to teach our stu­dents how impor­tant art is, should we really be […]

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366 Hearts

If you’re look­ing for inspi­ra­tion for Valentine’s Day, look no fur­ther than 366 Hearts!  I just learned of this project and stayed up half the night being inspired with new ideas to try. You’ll find cre­ative hearts com­bined with mean­ing­ful quotes for every day of the year. Tal­ented artist, Hazel McNab, has chal­lenged her­self to cre­ate a new heart […]

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Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos Projects

Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muer­tos) is right around the cor­ner!  Don’t miss the oppor­tu­nity to share this impor­tant cul­tural tra­di­tion with your stu­dents.  Often mis­un­der­stood, this pop­u­lar Mex­i­can hol­i­day hon­or­s ances­tors and loved ones who have died, and is cel­e­brated each year on Novem­ber 1st & 2nd. This family-centered hol­i­day cel­e­brates the cycle of […]

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Children’s Prayers for the World

 I love this project that Bar­bara Mendence, a 2nd grade teacher at our school, does with her stu­dents each year!  Not only is this a fun art les­son, but it makes for a great geog­ra­phy les­son and cul­ture study as well.  Armed with a list that includes all the coun­tries of the world, her class […]

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Crayon Resist Easter Card

Here’s a quick and easy crayon resist project I did with some of my 1st and 2nd graders.  Stu­dents folded 12x18 paper in half and painted on the front, for a charm­ing Easter card.  Inside, they wrote: “He is risen!  He is risen indeed!” Mate­ri­als: 12x18 heavy-weight white con­struc­tion paper black crayons water­col­ors (I like the […]

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Chinese Brush Painting

Chi­nese Brush Paint­ing dates back to 4000 BC, with tech­niques being handed down from mas­ter to stu­dent. In con­trast to what most of us are taught about art today, copy­ing and per­fec­tion of tech­nique was more impor­tant and more highly val­ued than self-expression. Chi­nese Brush Paint­ing uses sim­ple strokes of a paint brush to capture […]

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