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Blossoming “Popcorn Trees”

Spring has sprung, and to celebrate, our Kinders painted trees blossoming with flowers made of popcorn!  This lesson reinforces the color mixing skills we’ve been working on all year, as well as teaches a basic technique for drawing/painting trees.  Adding popcorn also gives the opportunity to talk about the concept of “mixed media”.  And who […]

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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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Nature Collage Card – Inspired by the Art of Haiti

You can learn a lot about a culture from its art work!  On my recent trip to Haiti, I learned that the Haitian people are both resilient and resourceful.  Their resourcefulness is easily seen in their artwork, especially these collaged note cards that they make and sell, using local organic materials to create simple scenes […]

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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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Mosaics

Mosaic projects can be adapted for all ages. Just follow these directions and use larger tiles and a smaller backing board if working with young children…. or anyone with a shorter attention span! Historical examples of mosaic art have been found in Roman ruins throughout Europe and around the Mediterranean. Traditional mosaics were made from […]

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“3D” Flower Collage

My 2nd graders used these whimsical flowers for their Mother’s Day cards this year, but you could also make a colorful garden picture while teaching the concepts of symmetry and layering. Attaching the blossoms with layers of double stick foam tape gives a fun 3D effect that unfortunately doesn’t show up well in this picture! […]

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