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Alphabet Art

In today’s culture, some symbols have become so familiar that we’ve stopped noticing them. This idea is what prompted contemporary American artist, Jasper Johns, to create abstract paintings from symbols such as letters, numbers and maps to get his viewers to experience these symbols in new ways. Your students can follow these steps to share […]

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Dot Monsters are great fun and full of surprises!

Dot Monsters!

Dot Monsters are a perfect activity to teach to the whole class or use with those “early finishers” who end up with free time after completing a project. Kids from 1st grade through 6th grade love making these! Dot Monsters nurture imagination and encourage creative thinking and problem solving…. and they’re FUN! Here’s how you […]

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Pink Gold – Sketching with Erasers!

Did you know that the simple pink eraser at the tip of your #2 pencil is worth it’s weight in gold?? (Or maybe even more, since erasers don’t weigh much!) Well, it is and here’s why…. I don’t use these erasers for erasing (I save that for my trusty “Magic Rub”), I use them for […]

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Kids’ Art Gift Wrap

One of my awesome parent volunteers recently shared a great idea with me that I wanted to pass along…. “Kids’ Art Gift Wrap”! She was so enthusiastic about it, I couldn’t wait to try it myself. Here’s how you do it:Roll out a long piece of butcher paper (down a hallway, sidewalk, or wherever you […]

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“Thank You” Drawings

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, what better time than now to focus your students on being thankful for the blessings in their lives? Have your students choose one thing they’re thankful for and teach them how to write it with “outline letters”, which they can then decorate to reflect the theme of their illustration. […]

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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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What Inspires You?

While it’s great to follow tried and true plans for a successful Art lesson, it can be fun to come up with a new project on your own, based on something that inspires you. Where do you get inspiration from? It’s different for everyone, but anything that catches your eye (from the shapes and patterns […]

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