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Easy DIY Handmade Envelopes to fit any size card!

Easy DIY Envelopes to Fit Any Size Card

With Valentine’s Day right around the cor­ner, I wanted to share this super-easy DIY enve­lope you can make to fit any size card! How many times have you or your stu­dents cre­ated a won­der­ful hand-made card for Valentine’s Day (or Christ­mas, Birth­day, Mother’s Day, etc.) and then deliv­ered it in an enve­lope that didn’t fit cor­rectly, or […]

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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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Oil Pastel Sunflower Inspired by Vincent van Gogh

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Par­ents often tell me about the art­work their kids did with me that they have framed and hang­ing in their home. And this is the project that most often earns a per­ma­nent place on the wall! While there’s noth­ing like adding new lessons to keep your cur­ricu­lum fresh and excit­ing, we all have projects that […]

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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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Burlap Needlepoint Mandala

It’s foot­ball sea­son and that means it’s the per­fect time to intro­duce needle­point art to your stu­dents! If you’re won­der­ing what foot­ball has to do with needle­point, look no fur­ther than for­mer NFL great, Rosey Grier. I used to have trou­ble get­ting my 5th grade boys to take any­thing seri­ously that involved a nee­dle and yarn.… […]

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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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