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Oil Pastel Houses Inspired by Marc Chagall

Stu­dents enjoy cre­at­ing these quirky street-scapes inspired by Russ­ian artist, Marc Cha­gall.  There’s just some­thing really fun about crooked build­ings and ran­dom things fly­ing through the air! Mate­ri­als: 12x18 black con­struc­tion paper #2 Pen­cil with pink eraser (the eraser is handy for “sketch­ing” your lay­out!) Oil Pas­tels “Wet wipes” for clean up Exam­ples of the paint­ings of Marc […]

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Self-Portraits Inspired by Grant Wood

Grant Wood (1891–1942) was an Amer­i­can artist best known for his paint­ings of rural Amer­i­can life.  My stu­dents were fas­ci­nated by the story of how his father died when Grant was only ten years old, and his mother had to move her fam­ily from their home on the farm to the big city. This was a […]

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House Magnet Fundraiser

My stu­dents in grades K-7 recently raised over $2,000 using their artis­tic skills to ben­e­fit our local food bank!  We adapted this “Houses for Haiti” project (orig­i­nally inspired by “Haiti Houses”) to cre­ate charm­ing mag­nets which we sold for $5 each at our church one Sun­day, and we donated all the pro­ceeds to Sec­ond Har­vest Food […]

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Houses for Haiti Lesson Plan

Two amaz­ing teach­ers in Florida came up with a cre­ative idea to raise money for Haiti after the 2010 earth­quake.  After dis­cov­er­ing “Haiti Houses” on the inter­net, I was inspired to try it for myself and make a few changes.  Below is my ver­sion of this project. Visit haitihouses.org to see how much money has been […]

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Houses for Haiti… and a Rabbit Trail

While research­ing new ways to raise money for Haiti, I came across a great idea that I can’t wait to try with my stu­dents.… “Haiti Houses”.  As Art teach­ers today, we are blessed with so many fun sites for find­ing cre­ative les­son ideas, and often one leads to another, which leads to another… as happened […]

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Cityscapes with Tints and Shades

Our Kinders are becom­ing experts at color mix­ing! This time we added white to make tints and black to make shades as we cre­ated these sweet “candy-colored” cities! Mate­ri­als:9x12 white heavy­weight con­struc­tion paperpen­cilTem­pera paint — red, yel­low, turquoise, white and black­Pa­per plates for palettes­brushes and water Vocab­u­lary:Tint — any color plus white­Shade — any color plus black […]

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Van Gogh Auction Project

Even Van Gogh him­self would be proud of this copy of his “Café Ter­race” paint­ing, cre­ated by our 2nd graders to raise money at our annual school auc­tion. Each year, our school holds a fundraiser auc­tion to raise money for spe­cial pro­grams. While many valu­able items are donated to be auc­tioned off, the items that […]

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