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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! For a printable 7 page pdf of this project (including my color wheel template), […]

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Kindergarten art inspired by Dr. Seuss

How to Create Your Own Art Lessons Inspired by Children’s Books

If you love kids’ art, you’ve probably had the experience of being totally charmed and inspired by a book written and illustrated for kids!  And chances are, the book that captured your attention will have the same effect on your students… especially when your enthusiasm shines through!  Why not capitalize on the wonder and magic […]

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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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Foreground, Middle Ground, Background

“The Luncheon of the Boating Party” by Pierre-Auguste RenoirCan you identify the foreground, middle ground and background in this painting? Here’s an Art concept that applies to many 2D projects from still lifes to landscapes. You can teach and/or review it no matter what medium you’re working in. This is the spatial concept of foreground, […]

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Playing with Art – Post Cards!

Here’s an easy way to expose your students to great artwork, teach (or review) important Art concepts and provide a fun, hands-on experience all at the same time! All you need is a collection of art postcards or pictures of fine art that have been cut from greeting cards, catalogs, small calendars or even old […]

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Autumn Leaves with Crayon Resist

art by Kelsey Autumn Leaves with Crayon Resistinspired by Andy Goldsworthy This is a fun project that I usually do with my 1st graders in the fall, but all ages enjoy it….it’s easy to do, everyone can feel successful and the results are beautiful. Try one yourself! Materials:• 12×18 white construction paper• black crayon, broken […]

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The Colors of the Rainbow

Kids love rainbows! And kids in grades K-1 tend to be almost obsessed with them. And why not?? After all, rainbows are fascinating! A rainbow is a multicolored arch that forms in the sky when the sun shines onto droplets of moisture in the air. Rainbows span a continuous spectrum of colors in a specific […]

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