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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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Colorful Ofrenda Skeletons

Day of the Dead – Ofrenda Painting

The popular Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead (or Dia de Los Muertos), gives us many opportunities for colorful art lessons combined with learning about another culture! True confession time…. when I moved from a small town in upstate New York to go to college in California, I had no idea what Day of the Dead was…. I […]

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Sketch Books & Paint Set

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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