Abstract Design – TeachKidsArt http://www.teachkidsart.net a resource for teaching art to kids! Sun, 31 Dec 2017 04:33:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 No-Measure Mandala on Aluminum Foil http://www.teachkidsart.net/no-measure-mandala-on-aluminum-foil/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/no-measure-mandala-on-aluminum-foil/#comments Sat, 12 Nov 2016 07:06:23 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4935

Exciting news!! I’m  honored to be a contributor in Kathy Barbro’s new book, Sharpie Art Workshop for Kids. Kathy writes the popular blog, Art Projects for Kids.  It was Kathy’s blog that first inspired me to start my own kids’ art blog many years ago, so that makes this even more exciting for me! You can order Kathy’s […] ]]>
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Unwind with a Ceramic “Feeling Sculpture” http://www.teachkidsart.net/unwind-with-a-ceramic-feeling-sculpture/ Tue, 18 Oct 2016 03:35:52 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4912

This may be the most relaxing clay project you’ll ever do. My students loved it so much, they asked to do it again!  Credit for this awesome project goes to my daughter’s high school Ceramics teacher, Mr. Emery. He challenged his students to form the clay with their eyes closed (!), but I made that optional for […] ]]>
Recycled Assemblage Sculptures Inspired by Louise Nevelson http://www.teachkidsart.net/recycled-assemblage-sculptures-inspired-by-louise-nevelson/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/recycled-assemblage-sculptures-inspired-by-louise-nevelson/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:38:33 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=4190

Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) was one of the most important sculptors of the 20th century. Born in Russia, she emigrated with her family to the United States in 1905. Her unique artistic style was influenced by the cubist movement, co-founded by Pablo Picasso, and the found object sculptures of Marcel Duchamp. Calling herself “the original recycler”, Nevelson is most […] ]]>
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Quilled Paper Designs http://www.teachkidsart.net/quilled-paper-designs/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/quilled-paper-designs/#comments Wed, 28 Aug 2013 02:13:06 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=2145

  Quilling, also known as paper filigree, is an art form that involves rolling and gluing thin strips of paper into various shapes and arranging them to form designs. Quilled paper designs can be very simple or as complex as you have the dexterity and patience for! The art of quilling dates back to the Renaissance when French […] ]]>
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Volunteering as an Art Educator http://www.teachkidsart.net/volunteering-as-an-art-educator/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/volunteering-as-an-art-educator/#comments Fri, 12 Jul 2013 21:49:43 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=1932

Opportunities abound for volunteering as an Art Educator! If you’ve got a little extra free time this summer, why not take advantage of this chance to share your expertise with others in your community? This summer, I’m teaching Art classes for the elderly residents at a local retirement home…. a completely new experience for me! […] ]]>
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Basic Collage with Positive and Negative Shapes http://www.teachkidsart.net/basic-collage-with-positive-and-negative-shapes/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/basic-collage-with-positive-and-negative-shapes/#comments Fri, 26 Oct 2012 03:47:43 +0000 http://www.teachkidsart.net/?p=1340

I do this project with my first graders every year to help them understand the concept of positive and negative shapes.  This project also teaches symmetry and offers important practice in cutting on a fold and applying glue.  First graders are often surprised by the shapes they see when they unfold their papers – they […] ]]>
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Shadow Tracing http://www.teachkidsart.net/shadow-tracing-2/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/shadow-tracing-2/#comments Tue, 10 Jul 2012 19:08:19 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/?p=299

Shadow tracing is a great way to get outside on a bright sunny day, explore positive and negative space, and have some fun with color at the same time.  Shadow tracing is low stress for students (2nd grade and up) and has minimal prep for teachers. Students can usually finish one of these paintings in […] ]]>
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Line Designs with Shading http://www.teachkidsart.net/line-designs-with-shading/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/line-designs-with-shading/#comments Sun, 05 Jun 2011 03:32:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2011/06/line-designs-with-shading.html

I’m not really sure what to call these drawings, but my students love them!  I found this project on Art with Mr. E. (and added to his instructions just a bit) to use with my 4th & 5th graders for some end-of-the-year fun!!     With this project, you can teach that shading and careful use […] ]]>
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Memorial Day Flag Designs http://www.teachkidsart.net/memorial-day-flag-designs/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/memorial-day-flag-designs/#comments Sun, 22 May 2011 00:14:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2011/05/memorial-day-flag-designs-2.html

Here’s a great lesson for Memorial Day… I did this with my 1st graders, but any age could have fun with it.  Easy to prep, no clean up, everyone was successful, and the kids LOVED it… you can’t beat that! Materials: 9×12 white paper Black “F” Sharpie Red and blue markers Directions:1. Discuss the American […] ]]>
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Designs with Number Patterns http://www.teachkidsart.net/designs-with-number-patterns/ http://www.teachkidsart.net/designs-with-number-patterns/#comments Sat, 15 Jan 2011 01:48:00 +0000 http://biz123.inmotionhosting.com/~teachk5/2011/01/designs-with-number-patterns.html

This lesson is adapted from a math activity my own kids did in middle school, where they used colored string to “stitch” their patterns on card stock.  I simplified this lesson for my students (4th grade and up), replacing the needle and thread with markers and a ruler….  Have you ever marveled at the fascinating […] ]]>
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