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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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Origami crane ornament

Christmas in July! Origami Crane Ornaments

Stu­dents love to bring home these exquis­ite origami cranes to hang on their Christ­mas tree! I make these with my 5th & 6th graders, and even though this is not a begin­ner level project, every year I have at least one stu­dent with a pas­sion for origami who already knows how to make them! While these cranes are chal­leng­ing, they’re […]

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Kindergarten Birds

These kinder­garten bird paint­ings are guar­an­teed to make you smile! I was com­pletely charmed by these when my stu­dents did them last week, so I wanted to share a few, along with some tips for get­ting great results.… I began by shar­ing a spe­cial “artist secret” with my stu­dents.… that “artists use shapes to help […]

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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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