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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 […]

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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 […]

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Learn Art History (and lots more!) for FREE with Khan Academy

Learn Art History with the Khan Academy

“You only have to know one thing: You can learn anything.” That’s the motto of the Khan Academy! If you’re not familiar with the Khan Academy, and you have an interest in Art History (for any reason – whether you’re a parent, student, teacher, or lifelong learner) you’ll be amazed by the education that’s available to you for free! […]

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Haiku Tunnel Books Pdf

Haiku Tunnel Books pdf

The newest addition to my TpT store is this pdf based on one of my most popular lessons… Haiku Tunnel Books! A tunnel book is a three dimensional movable book that you read by looking through it. Originally from the mid-18th century, tunnel books are now enjoying new popularity as an art form in their […]

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Berry Thumbprint People Cartoon

How Full Is Your Bucket?

The books that inspired this lesson have nothing to do with art, and the illustrations were not what attracted me! What I LOVE about these books is their message. And what better way to drive home a great message than with a fun art lesson??! Inspired by a bullying episode at my school, I saw […]

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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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Dense Text Lettering

My inspiration for this project came from the wonderful book, Hand Lettering, by Marci Donley & DeAnn Singh.  The authors call this technique “Writing Between the Lines”, but I think “Dense Text” describes it better.  I tried it with my middle schoolers and the results were fantastic!  You’ll find so many applications for this fun lettering […]

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