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Giving Back with Art






Have you ever been inspired to ‘give back’ to your community as a way to say “thank you” to those who helped you through a difficult time? I was touched by the story of Dan and Janean Toone, who started Young at Art in response to the care that their young grandson received while spending […]






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"Wisdom" auction project collage on Canvas

Classroom Auction Projects






School auctions are popping up everywhere, and classroom auction projects are an ideal way to get students involved! With all the funding cuts in education these days, programs like art and music are forced to compete for an increasingly small share of their school’s budget…. if they make it into the budget at all. In many schools, […]






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Colorful Catalogs for Collage

Save Your Catalogs!






Catalogs of all kinds can be a great resource for collage projects and more. Here are two of my favorites, which I’m always happy to find in my mailbox!  I save them for their pages full of color, texture, and pattern… perfect for my Fundraiser House Magnets, and any project where you need a cheap (free!) […]






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4th Grade Masterpiece Mosaic of "Goldfish" by Henri Matisse

Masterpiece Mosaics: a Collaborative Art Project for Grades K – 8






These colorful projects, which I call “Masterpiece Mosaics”, were a collaborative effort by my students in grades K through middle school. Each grade level created their own copy of a famous painting – six masterpieces in all, on display now through Christmas at our local art store. These were really pretty easy to do, and […]






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House Magnet Fundraiser






My students in grades K-7 recently raised over $2,000 using their artistic skills to benefit our local food bank!  We adapted this “Houses for Haiti” project (originally inspired by “Haiti Houses“) to create charming magnets which we sold for $5 each at our church one Sunday, and we donated all the proceeds to Second Harvest Food […]






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Houses for Haiti Lesson Plan






Two amazing teachers in Florida came up with a creative idea to raise money for Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.  After discovering “Haiti Houses” on the internet, I was inspired to try it for myself and make a few changes.  Below is my version of this project. Visit haitihouses.org to see how much money has been […]






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Houses for Haiti… and a Rabbit Trail






While researching new ways to raise money for Haiti, I came across a great idea that I can’t wait to try with my students…. “Haiti Houses”.  As Art teachers today, we are blessed with so many fun sites for finding creative lesson ideas, and often one leads to another, which leads to another… as happened […]






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