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Feed Your Creative Soul — with a Sketchbook!

Most art teach­ers I know strug­gle to find time for pur­su­ing their own art­work.… so if that’s you, you’re not alone! Sum­mer­time pro­vides a great oppor­tu­nity for teach­ers to do things they oth­er­wise set aside dur­ing the school year. But if we’re try­ing to teach our stu­dents how impor­tant art is, should we really be […]

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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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Thumbprint Self-Portrait

Here is another great idea I found on Pin­ter­est.… You can see lots of inspir­ing exam­ples here and here.  I tried this with my mid­dle school stu­dents and they really had fun with it!  Here’s how we did it… Mate­ri­als: Black stamp pad Copy paper  Black (F) and (UF) Sharpies Col­ored pen­cils Exam­ples of the 3 types […]

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Christmas Cards for Veterans

4th grade “JOY” by Jacob For our school-wide Thanks­giv­ing project, we decided to show our thanks to some very spe­cial peo­ple…  My K through 7th grade stu­dents have been busy mak­ing Christ­mas cards for Vet­er­ans, to spread some Christ­mas cheer and let these men and women know they are loved and appre­ci­ated!  The hun­dreds of cards […]

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Portfolio Project for Middle School — Graffiti Names

I chose to make my sam­ple using my own name, so no one could com­plain about their name being too long! This year, my pre­vi­ously K-6 ele­men­tary school has added a mid­dle school.  Now Art has become an elec­tive class for 6th and 7th graders (an 8th grade will be added next year).  This means lots […]

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Start the Year with Student Portfolios

I love to start the year by hav­ing my stu­dents dec­o­rate their port­fo­lios!  You can make your own port­fo­lios inex­pen­sively, and safely store a whole year’s worth of art­work.   The first time I see each class at the begin­ning of the school year, I like to read them one of my favorite art-themed kids’ […]

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Children’s Prayers for the World

 I love this project that Bar­bara Mendence, a 2nd grade teacher at our school, does with her stu­dents each year!  Not only is this a fun art les­son, but it makes for a great geog­ra­phy les­son and cul­ture study as well.  Armed with a list that includes all the coun­tries of the world, her class […]

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