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Quilled Paper Designs

  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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Oil Pastel Cat inspired by Laurel Burch

Oil Pastel Cats Inspired by Laurel Burch

What’s not to love about these whim­si­cal, col­or­ful cats inspired by San Fran­cisco artist, Lau­rel Burch? This fun project can be adapted to most any age group.… the exam­ples here were done by my 4th graders. My stu­dents always enjoy learn­ing about the lives of famous artists, and the story of pro­lific artist Lau­rel Burch […]

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Gung Hey Fat Choy! Chinese New Year Dragons

Chi­nese New Year is right around the cor­ner!  Mon­day, Jan­u­ary 23, 2012 will mark the start of the “Year of the Dragon”, year 4709 on the Chi­nese cal­en­dar, where each year is des­ig­nated by one of 12 ani­mals.  I thought a dragon project would be fun for my first graders as we usher out the […]

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Day of the Dead Prints” inspired by Jose Posada

We had a blast at my Teach Kids Art: “Day of the Dead” work­shop yes­ter­day!  I added a new project this year, “Day of the Dead Prints” — inspired by Jose Posada.  Jose Posada (1852–1913) was a pro­lific Mex­i­can folk artist and polit­i­cal satirist from Aguas­cal­lientes in cen­tral Mex­ico.  Posada began learn­ing lith­o­g­ra­phy (a form of print­mak­ing using a […]

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Gung Hey Fat Choy!

Chi­nese New Year falls on Valentine’s Day this year! Chi­nese New Year is often cel­e­brated with a parade led by a long, col­or­ful dragon. My 1st graders drew a fun Chi­nese Dragon to ring in the “Year of the Tiger”! 1. Cut a piece of 12“x18” white con­struc­tion paper in half to mea­sure 6“x18”.2. Using pencil, […]

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Mexican Bark Painting

Mex­i­can Bark Paint­ing” by Arin Col­or­ful Bark Paint­ings made by the peo­ple of Xal­itla, Mex­ico, are the pri­mary source of income for their entire com­mu­nity. These paint­ings on amate paper (made from the bark of the wild fig tree) typ­i­cally depict flow­ers, birds, plants and ani­mals. Direc­tions:1. Cut apart a brown paper gro­cery bag. (I can […]

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Animal Sculpture with Air-Dry Clay

Kids LOVE using clay, maybe more than any other art medium, yet most schools and homes do not have a kiln for fir­ing. If this is your sit­u­a­tion, don’t let this stop you from shar­ing the expe­ri­ence of work­ing with clay with your stu­dents! Cray­ola Air Dry Clay is a good alter­na­tive to the traditional […]

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