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Confessions of an Art Ed Snob, Part 1: Cookie Cutter Art

Confessions of an Art Ed Snob, Part One: Cookie Cutter Art

A while back, a fam­ily emer­gency led me to take (what I thought would be) a tem­po­rary leave of absence from my K-8 Art posi­tion. A change like this can offer you a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive and teach you some sur­pris­ing things. I never imag­ined all I’d learn about teach­ing by not teach­ing! But this time away from the class­room gave me some much needed […]

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Make a Leaf Collage inspired by 'Look What I Did with a Leaf' by Morteza E. Sohi

Make a Leaf Collage

Now that summer’s here, how do you keep your kids learn­ing, cre­at­ing, and spend­ing more time out­doors than in front of a screen? One way is with this inspir­ing lit­tle book, “Look What I Did with a Leaf!” by Morteza E. Sohi. This is not so much a read-aloud type of book that you would share […]

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Beachball designed for "Elements of Art Scavenger Hunt" for Grades 1 & 2

Beachball Scavenger Hunt with the Elements of Art & Principles of Design

Help­ing kids learn the Ele­ments of Art & Prin­ci­ples of Design is easy when you make a game of it! This activ­ity is adapt­able across a wide range of ages… I’ve used it from 1st grade through high school by cus­tomiz­ing my ques­tions or direc­tives for the stu­dents I’m using it with. Whether you have just a few minutes […]

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"Dali Being Devious" by Hannah Rothstein

Illustrations with Surrealism

What bet­ter way to cel­e­brate April Fool’s Day than with an image of Sal­vadore Dali caught in the act of pulling a prank??! Sur­re­al­ism is a cul­tural, artis­tic, and lit­er­ary move­ment which began in the early 1920’s. Founded by French writer and poet Andre Bre­ton as a ‘rev­o­lu­tion­ary move­ment’, Sur­re­al­ism is prob­a­bly best known as a […]

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Recycled Assemblage Sculptures Inspired by Louis Nevelson

Recycled Assemblage Sculptures Inspired by Louise Nevelson

Louise Nevel­son (1899–1988) was one of the most impor­tant sculp­tors of the 20th cen­tury. Born in Rus­sia, she emi­grated with her fam­ily to the United States in 1905. Her unique artis­tic style was influ­enced by the cubist move­ment, co-founded by Pablo Picasso, and the found object sculp­tures of Mar­cel Duchamp. Call­ing her­self “the orig­i­nal recy­cler”, Nevel­son is most […]

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4 Easy Ways to Sharpen Your Scissors

4 Easy Ways to Sharpen Your Scissors

Scis­sors in the art room can get dull fast, with being shared by so many stu­dents, and cut­ting who-knows-what! But sharp­en­ing your inex­pen­sive class­room scis­sors is easy to do and can add new life to dull scis­sors that you might oth­er­wise just toss and replace. And the best part is that you prob­a­bly already have all you […]

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3 Tips for Keeping Colds & Flu Out of the Classroom

3 Tips for Keeping Colds and Flu Out of the Classroom

The cold and flu sea­son has hit with a vengeance this year. Every­where I look peo­ple are cough­ing, snif­fling, and sneez­ing…. even here in Cal­i­for­nia where we seem to have missed the whole ‘win­ter weather’ memo alto­gether. (It’s been in the 70’s here… sorry, east coast friends!) But an ounce of pre­ven­tion may help slow the […]

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