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20 Interesting Facts about the Sistine Chapel

20 Interesting Facts about the Sistine Chapel

If you’re reading this post, you’re probably a person who enjoys learning about art and the artists who create it. Yet we all know people who don’t share this interest, and may even find art history to be dry and boring (gasp!). Well, art history is anything but dry and boring if you know the stories behind the paintings! From DaVinci’s Mona Lisa […]

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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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Mona Lisa - Fact or Fiction? 50 Fantastic Things to Know

Mona Lisa – Fact or Fiction? 50 Fantastic Things to Know!

My students became experts on all things Mona Lisa the year we ‘adopted’ the Mona Lisa as our Art Class Mascot!  For generations, the Mona Lisa has captivated the imaginations of young and old alike. Her mysterious smile hints that there is much we don’t know about this painting, and the woman in it. But there […]

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Valentine Color Mixing - Paint 100 Hearts!

Valentine Color Mixing – Paint 100 Hearts!

With Valentines Day (and the ‘100th Day of School’) just around the corner, I thought I’d post this heart-themed version of my ‘Mixing 100 Colors’ lesson! Mixing the colors and then painting hearts requires a little longer attention span, so I’ve found that 4th grade and up does best with this version. But younger students […]

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"Take Care of Your Brushes and Your Paints"... For a printable pdf visit: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/No-More-Bad-Hair-Days-for-Your-Paintbrush-1246706

How to Ruin a Paintbrush in One Simple Step

Watercolor or tempera paint in cake form offers lots of advantages for elementary students. But this kind of paint can also be hard on brushes! When younger students are used to painting with liquid watercolors or liquid tempera, they often forget to add water to their paint when they switch to working with cake-style colors. Then, they compensate for this […]

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6 Tips for Watercolor Success with Kids

6 Tips for Watercolor Success with Kids

  Watercolor is a great medium for kids! It’s affordable, mixes well, cleans up quickly, and (usually) doesn’t stain clothing. Here are six tips to help you and your younger students find success when learning to work with this classic medium:  Choose a good quality student paint. Good quality doesn’t have to mean expensive! Before buying a class set […]

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Nativity Painting by Gerard Van Honthorst, 1622

Light Has Come!

Religious paintings were a favorite subject of the Old Masters (trained European painters who worked between the mid 1400’s to the early 1800’s). In paintings from this time period, Jesus was often depicted with a glowing light that would radiate out from him. This example of the Nativity (or birth) of Christ by Dutch artist […]

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