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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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“Elements of Art” Memory Game

I’m always on the look-out for creative, new ways to teach my students the “Elements of Art and Principles of Design”.  Recently, I attended a bridal shower where we played a memory game…. the “put-a-bunch-of kitchen-stuff-on-a-tray-and-give-each-table-group-a-minute-to-stare-at-it-and-see-how-much-they-can-remember” game.  I was struck by how absolutely silent this room full of chatty women became when it was time to […]

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Make a Value Scale

Understanding value, or the use of light and dark,  is an important factor in creating successful drawings and paintings.  Creating a “value scale” of their own was a great way for my middle school students to get the feel for including the full range of values before starting a major drawing project.  I created my […]

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Valentine Op-Art

This lesson was inspired by an Artsonia project I LOVED on Pinterest.  I knew that the boys in my 5th grade class were not going to go for the traditional valentine project this year, so adding a heart to an Op-Art hand drawing seemed like the perfect compromise!   I’ve done this project a few times […]

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